A thoroughly modern royal baby?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will announce the birth of the royal baby in the traditional way, but there’ll be a few modern twists too...


Given that news of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy warranted a rather trendy tweet from Clarence House’s account, it follows that the announcement of the birth of the royal baby will have a few modern twists, too.


With the baby expected to arrive in the next couple of days, the world’s attention has turned on the royal family, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, once again.

The young royals will follow some of the traditions of previous royal births, but in an age of social media and fast news, there’s to be a few changes.

Here’s how it breaks up…


*A press release will be sent on behalf of the royal family to announce that the Duchess is in labour.

*The birth of the royal baby will be announced by the placement of a doctor’s certificate on a notice board-style easel outside of Buckingham Palace. This certificate will travel ceremonially from St Mary’s hospital in Paddington.

*Dad-to-be Prince William’s birth was announced in the same way on June 21, 1982.

*The certificate will declare the gender and is likely to show the time and birth weight, but usually doesn’t give much information away.

*The birth will be acknowledged by canon fire – with 62 shots from the Tower of London and 41 from Green Park.

*A Palace spokesman has confirmed that the royal baby will officially be known as His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

Did you know?

While Prince Charles’s official certificate was hung from the gates of Buckingham Palace at 11.30pm on 14th November 1948, it’s said a police officer had quietly told the waiting crowds, “It is all over. A son has been born. It’s a Prince.”


*The Queen will know the baby has been born before the certificate has arrived at Buckingham Palace as Prince William is reportedly going to give her a call from the hospital. Ah, how it would feel to have the Queen on speed dial, eh?

*Silver coins, marked with the year 2013 and the shield of the Royal Arms, will be awarded to parents of babies born on the same day. The trendy twist? The lucky parents have to register their baby’s birth certificate through The Royal Mint’s Facebook page.

*Forget Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, composer Paul Mealor – who wrote a piece of music for the royal wedding – has also written a lullaby for the royal baby.

*Clarence House acknowledged news of the royal pregnancy on Twitter with the message: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby”, so it’s likely a tweet will also appear on the social networking site following the birth. Hash tags at the ready.

Did you know?


After the birth of Prince Harry, the story goes that a town crier in full garb rang a large bell and cried out, “Her Royal Highness the Princess Diana has issued forth a second son”. It’s believed he wasn’t there by royal appointment – rather to make interesting TV for a Japanese television show.