Duchess of Cambridge baby news will post on Twitter first

Duchess of Cambridge baby news will post on Twitter first
The birth of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be posted on Twitter. (Photo: Carfax2/Wikimedia Commons under CC)

The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted into the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington borough of London early Saturday. In an announcement on Twitter, Kensington Palace confirmed the Duchess was admitted at 6am London time (12am Chicago time) after traveling by car from Kensington Palace.

The announcement of the birth of the Duchess’ child is due to come first on Twitter. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that the news will come on Twitter two minutes after the news of the birth is emailed in a press release to journalists.

Two hours later, the AP adds, the traditional easel with the name and birth details will appear at Buckingham Palace.

“We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands,” a palace spokesperson said in a report from the British newspaper The Independent. “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.”

This is the Duchess of Cambridge’s second child, after Prince George was born in July 2013.

The notable Twitter hashtag, #royalbaby, was trending worldwide at the time of this posting. Kensington Palace is tweeting here and the British Monarchy tweets from here.

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