Baby Cambridge‘s birthday has finally arrived, or at least let us hope so! Many of us “Anglogeeks” and our friends across the pond have being checking Twitter, BBC and the like feverishly the past week to hopefully find some little nugget of information that the heir to the Windsor throne was on the way.
So will it be Alexandra Elizabeth Diana or some combo of that name? Might it be James Charles Henry Phillip or what not? Much of the world is glued to their computers viewing the Lindo Wing live feed. Hoping for an announcement each time someone shifts their position or a shadow appears in the doorway.
Here are a few other little bits of history to get you through the next few hours:
The royal birth notice will be posted on an easel just inside the gates of Buckingham Palace. For the first time, the birth announcement will also be released via social media.
Of Britain’s 40 sovereigns since 1066, just six have been queens.
The last time a still-serving monarch was alive at the birth of his or her great-grandchild in direct succession was 120 years ago.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was playing squash when Charles was born. Charles was not however the first royal father to attend the birth of his children. Prince Albert was at the births of his children by Queen Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is 21 April and Prince William’s is 21 June, so we almost had the third birthday on the 21st!
41 guns is the traditional salute to the birth of a royal baby by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Union Jack flags will be flown from all official buildings and Royal Navy ships.