Buckingham Palace plans to tweet when Kate Middleton (Catherine Duchess of Cambridge) has given birth to her and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge‘s first child.
The Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess arrived in a car unescorted by police to St. Mary’s hospital in Central London around 6am in the morning-UK time, last night in East Coast United States, and is currently in the early stages of labor. Her doctor is the same one that delivered William.
Per protocol, Middleton’s mom-in-law Queen Elizabeth II must get the news first when she ultimately gives birth in the Lindo Wing of the historic hospital.
Those on the ground may know before it’s officially released when they see Royal aides leave the hospital to deliver the news on official doctor-signed Buckingham letterhead to post it on an easel in public view in front of the Palace gates about 2 and a half, just as was done when the Queen gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and when Lady Diana gave birth to William in 1982 and his brother Harry later. Simultaneously, the Palace will Tweet the news out and release it to the Media.
We’ll know the gender of the baby at that point, and its weight and time of birth, but maybe not the name. The Palace didn’t release William’s name until a full week after he was born and no one knew Charles’ name for an entire month after he was born.
But that was long before our new digital and new social media online age. It’s doubtful the Palace would willingly wait too long because it is at high risk to be leaked anyway. They couldn’t even keep Middleton’s pregnancy under wraps for three months as required, partially due to the Duchess hospital admission for extreme morning sickness early on in the pregnancy.
Talk about pressure! Oy! Who’d want that many people all concerned over when a newborn will emerge from their nether regions? Yikes!
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