The British royal family is on the verge of expanding. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has gone into labor and been rushed to a London hospital with Prince William ahead of what may be one of the most anticipated births in world history.
As soon as the royal bundle of joy makes his or her debut, the infant will instantly become the third in line to the throne — behind only grandfather Prince Charles and dad Prince William.
Though Kate’s due date was shrouded in secrecy, throngs of journalists and royal watchers camped out in front of London’s St Mary’s Hospital to await an official birth announcement from Buckingham Palace.
The baby is to be delivered in the posh Lindo Wing of the same hospital where Princess Diana had William in 1982 and his brother Harry two years later.
Sharing the news
The palace has said it plans to inform the world of the baby’s birth through a mixture of traditions and social media. Officials have said a royal aide will emerge from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to the palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.
In anticipation of this sight, hundreds have steadily gathered outside the palace’s front gates, cameras ready to snap the first sign of this easel.
At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an official announcement on Twitter and the media will be notified. The document will include the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.
However, It could be some time before the baby’s name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced while Charles’s name was announced almost a month later.
Did you know?
The last time a still-serving monarch got to meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120 years ago.