Prince William Born 21 June 1982, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
The first direct heir to the throne to be born in hospital, William came into the world at 9.03pm after a 16-hour labour, weighing 7lb 11/2oz. The fact that his father, Prince Charles, was at his wife Diana’s bedside also represented a break in tradition. He was christened William Arthur Philip Louis just over six weeks later in the music room of Buckingham Palace. Formal declaration of his birth was posted on an easel by the Palace gates, just like it was for this royal baby.
Prince Charles Born 14 November 1948, Buckingham Palace
Charles’s father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was reportedly playing squash in another part of the palace when Princess Elizabeth gave birth to her 7lb 6oz son. Hundreds of people had gathered outside the Palace gates awaiting news. At 10.10pm, a police officer announced with a smile: “It is all over. A son has been born. It’s a prince.” At 11.30pm the official notice in a gilt frame was hung on the Palace railings. The BBC interrupted its programming to announce the royal birth and played “suitable” records including Brahms’ Lullaby and the Shepherd’s Cradle Song. It wasn’t until his christening a month later that the prince’s name — Charles Philip Arthur George — was announced.
Queen Elizabeth II Born 21 April 1926, 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair
The first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became George VI and Queen Elizabeth, was born at 2.40am at the London home of her maternal grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. The birth was said to be difficult, with papers describing how the Duchess had undergone “a certain line of treatment”, thought to be a euphemism for a caesarean section. The Princess was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace. Today, the site of 17 Bruton Street is occupied by an exclusive Chinese restaurant called Hakkasan Mayfair.
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