As the royal baby watch is heating up, some people are wondering who will find out first when Kate Middleton goes into labor or when the baby is born and if the royal family could keep the birth a secret from the media. Most everything that concerns the royal baby or the British royal family follows a protocol. “The first indication that the royal baby is on its way will be an announcement in the media that the Duchess has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labor,” reported CNN on July 20, 2013.
CNN’s report is based on some royal sources but since royal sources also said that the royal baby’s due date was July 13, 2013, one wonders how reliable those sources really are. “A royal source told CNN that her due date was July 13.”
In regard to the royal baby’s due date, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported on July 19, 2013, that the royal baby due date was July 19; again – according to royal sources.
Apparently, the birth of the royal baby is not only highly anticipated by the media and royal family fans but also by Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton’s family, and Prince William’s family.
“Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said Monday that the family was on tenterhooks for the baby’s arrival — and suggested it could be very soon. ‘We’re all waiting at the end of a telephone,’ she said, in an exchange filmed by ITV. ‘I hope by the end of the week, he or she will be there’.”
So who will be notified first when Kate Middleton goes into labor or when the royal baby is born?
“The first to know about the royal baby will be Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron and the governors general of each of the commonwealth nations, along with the rest of the royal and Middleton families. If the baby arrives in the middle of the night, it’s unlikely the queen will be awoken, so there is a chance in that instance that an official announcement will not be made until the following morning.”
The key word in CNN’s report about the announcement of the birth of the royal baby is “official.”
When the royal baby’s father, Prince William, was born on June 21, 1982, Princess Diana was more than 15 hours in labor after she had arrived at the hospital 10 days before the royal baby’s presumed due date, reported People in 1982.
“When the moment came, the royal gynecologist, white-thatched George Pinker, 57, reportedly presided with the no-nonsense briskness that is his professional trademark. Prince Charles was at his young wife’s side throughout the delivery—the only British royal male in modern times to attend the birth of an offspring. (By contrast, Prince Philip played squash during Charles’ birth in 1948.) Pinker apparently delivered the child in Diana’s hospital room. For this most highly professional man, it was business as usual; for the father, on the other hand, it seemed to be a bit breathtaking. As he greeted the crowd outside the hospital after the birth, Charles admitted: ‘It’s rather a grownup thing, I find, rather a shock to my system’.”
Officially, the birth of royal baby Prince William was announced with 41-gun salutes by royal artillery at the Tower of London and Hyde Park which signaled a king for the 21st century.
When the royal baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, was born on Sept. 15, 1984, Princess Diana had been in labor for nine hours since 7:30 a.m. and outside St. Mary’s Hospital more than 300 reporters, TV technicians and curious onlookers had gathered, reported People in 1984.
“A TV crewman, hooked up to his home office through head-phones, broke the news to the mob outside St. Mary’s. ‘It’s a boy!’ he shouted. The crowd exploded in cheers.”
Officially, the arrival of royal baby Prince Harry was announced with church bells and “two traditional 41-gun salutes.”
According to protocol, the arrival of Kate Middleton’s royal baby is to be officially announced by the royal palace and with 41-gun salutes by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park and 62-gun salutes by the Honorable Artillery Company at the Tower of London according to CNN.
Like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital where Prince William and Prince Harry were born. Like the announcements of the birth of royal babies Prince William and Prince Harry, one can almost expect that the world will hear about the new royal baby’s birth unofficially first through the media before the official announcement is made by the royal palace.
So, while the royal family and the world impatiently waits for the arrival of Kate Middleton’s royal baby, reading up on the arrival of royal babies Prince William and Prince Harry might give readers something interesting to do. That’s what Princess Diana did while she was waiting and while she was in labor – read.