The Palace Will Give Everyone A Heads Up When Kate Middleton Goes Into Labor
Today, St. James’s Palace announced the way in which Britain’s third-in-line will be welcomed into the world. Not only that, but they’ll let all us eager beavers know when the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labor.
“While it is a deeply personal and private event, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge realise this is a time of national celebration and that there will be vast interest in the baby,” a palace spokesperson said, according to the Daily Mail. “They realise many people will want to share in their happiness.”
Though Twitter and other social media mediums will be utilized to make the announcement, the public will find out about Will and Kate’s baby through the wonder of British pomp and pageantry.
“We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice,” a palace spokesperson said. “It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands. This is the birth of a child who will be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do it with some historical precedence.
“It is very important [to us] that it will not be announced first on Twitter, although it will be announced on Twitter in due course.”
So here’s what will happen (just like it did for Prince William’s birth in 1982): A formal notice – printed on Buckingham Palace stationary – will be signed by doctors and nurses who assisted HRH during delivery. The notice will then be brought to the Lindo Wing’s front entrance (at St. Mary’s hospital, where Catherine is expected to deliver) by a press officer.
From there, the notice will be handed to a waiting driver, who will then drive it(complete with a police escort) to Buckingham Palace. It will then be placed on an easel by the main gates.
The birth announcement will not be made until the Queen, the Middletons and senior members of the royal family are notified. There also might be a chance that Prince William will say a few words on the steps of the hospital (but no promises).
The Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading is a back-up plan in case Catherine goes into labor at her parents’ Bucklebury home.