With the much anticipated birth of the first child of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drawing ever nearer, excitement across Britain and the rest of the world is mounting. But, what can we expect during and after the Royal birth?
It is predicted that Baby Cambridge will be born in mid-July 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in London, with hordes of bystanders and the world’s media waiting eagerly outside.
When Prince William was born on the 21st of June 1982 in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, large crowds of people had gathered outside the hospital to wait for news of the birth, with some saying they would wait through the night, if necessary. Thousands of people also gathered outside Buckingham Palace, where the birth was formally announced by an official proclamation which came in the form of a notice displayed on the gates of the Palace. It read: “Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was safely delivered of a son at 9:03pm today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
This tradition is still followed today, although the birth of Baby Cambridge will certainly be announced by the official website and Twitter account of the Royal family.
The Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to proclaim the birth of Prince William, and there is no doubt that the birth of this Royal Baby will be announced in the same way.
On the 4th of August 1982, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to keep with this tradition and it has been speculated that the top tier of the Royal couple’s wedding cake will be served at the christening.
The Duchess of Cambridge will attend a naming ceremony for a Princess Cruises’ ship in Southampton on the 13th of June 2013. This will possibly be her final official engagement before going on maternity leave.