Cedar Rapids Couple Can't Get Enough of England

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter


By Jill Kasparie

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – All eyes are focused on a story far from home as people watched and waited for the royal baby.

Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed a baby boy this afternoon after 10 hours of labor. The birth announcement was posted at Buckingham palace. He’s third in line to the British throne behind his grandpa, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William.

Even people in Cedar Rapids, like Ann and Buck England, watched the news coverage on Monday. The England's live on the southeast side of town. They were thrilled to hear the news out of London this afternoon.

"The whole world has been waiting for this moment to come when Kate delivers,” Ann England said.

"It's a part of history,” Buck England said.

Many have their attention on England. Ann and Buck England, however, live a bit of an English life in Cedar Rapids every single day.

From floor to ceiling, Ann has painted nearly her entire house with images of the English countryside.

"The ceiling took the longest, because it was forever getting up and down on ladders,” Ann England said.

The gigantic mural all started when she visited England about six years ago.

"I was so impressed with all of the little cottages and the design of the country and how green it was, and I decided being that my ancestors came from England, I would make this England home, England,” Ann England said.

A family tree shows she's distantly related to King Henry II. After 51 years of marriage Buck said he was used to his wife's projects.

"Not too many people have pictures on their wall that their wife painted,” Buck England said.

While there might not be any room for a royal baby in the masterpiece, this couple would agree their home is definitely a home fit for a king.

The couple estimates it took Ann an entire year to paint the house. She said, now that it's all said and done, the images simply make her happy.

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