LONDON (AP) — Prince William and Kate are seen as the new face of a centuries-old institution, keeping the best of traditions while moving forward with the times. Here are 10 things to know about the royal baby in relation to royal births of the past:
Most people take a hospital birth for granted these days, but just a few decades ago the custom among royals — as it was among commoners — was to give birth at home.
Queen Elizabeth II was born at 17 Bruton Street in London, a private family home, and she gave birth to her sons Charles, Andrew and Edward in Buckingham Palace. Her only daughter, Princess Anne, was born at Clarence House, also a royal property.
That changed by the 1980s, when Princes William and Harry were both born at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in central London. William and Kate's first child — a prince — was born Monday in the very same wing.
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- Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff | Royal Baby Buzz | Mon, Jul 22, 2013 5:06 PM EDT | Comments
gave birth to a baby boy at 4:24 p.m. BST on Monday, the official announcement came through a golden easel, but the social media world seems to be begging for Kate Middleton and Prince William to emerge through the doors of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital and hold up their heir to the world, emulating their cartoon cat predecessors.... When King Simba and Queen Nala of the Pride Lands of Africa announced the birth of their baby in "The Lion King," the rulers of the Animal Kingdom walked out of a cave atop Pride Rock and their friend Rafiki held the newborn cub high up in the air for all to see. After the Duchess of Cambridge Read More »
If the Duke and Duchess don't go for the Disney bit, others have suggested copying a less tasteful introduction used by another famous figure: Michael Jackson. The King of Pop dangled his own Prince, formally known as Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., over a hotel balcony in Berlin in 2002. Doubtful, however, that the new parents follow the late musician's lead and ha
- By Dashiell Asher | googoogaga | Tue, Jul 16, 2013 5:46 AM EDT | CommentsWe're waiting for the birth of the Royal Baby with bated breath, with each passing moment bringing us THAT MUCH closer to the arrival of our future monarch (and Kate Middleton's joy etc.). A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
So excited are we that we've decided to camp out at St. Mary's hospital in Paddington to bring you up-to-the minute ground reports of all that's happening - the good, the bad, and the bizarre.
Whether you just want a quick update, or can't stop counting the contractions, our running 'Royal Baby Watch' live blog below is THE place to be for all of your baby-obsessing action.
The paps are waiting patiently outside St. Mary's hospital for Kate Middleton to arrive and give FINALLY birth. …
The official announcement will be made in formal royal style: doctors will sign the birth notice at which point it will be hand carried out to a waiting car, which will then drive out to Buckingham Palace (presumably being chased by helicopters and news vans the entire way).
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- Tue, Jul 23, 2013 1:46 PM EDT | CommentsWelcome, His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge.
Yes, it's a boy for Kate and William. Ever since the formal announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child, the hysterical squeals from royal groupies, baby lovers, gambling opportunists, and of course the media have been relentless. And don't expect the adoration to let up now that His Royal Highness has arrived.
The birth of the new prince has enthused history buffs and those who have a strange fondness for protocol. After all, what other occasions can engender discussions about female succession, the use of firearms in a public park, and whether 10 people really deserved to be hanged for allegedly practicing witchcraft more than 400 years ago? Scroll through for 10 things to know about the royal baby — and see how much more there is to learn. -- By Vera H-C Chan, Yahoo!
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Royal Baby Buzz | Mon, Jul 22, 2013 1:24 PM EDT | Comments
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It was two independent photographers stationed outside St. Mary’s Hospital, according to a story published Monday in the London Evening Standard.
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For almost one month, numerous national news outlets had been camped outside the Lindo Wing where Middleton was scheduled to give birth, yet somehow, many paparazzi failed to notice a car pull up and a security team quietly usher Kate Middleton and Prince William inside the hospital.
Photographer Jesal Parshotam, 24, from Harrow and his colleague Darren Sacks, 30, were among the crowd when Parshotam spotted a car pulling up to the Lindo Wing’s back entrance. He began tweeting: