The Duchess of Cambridge will follow in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales when she gives birth next month.
Pregnant Kate is expected to give birth in the Lingo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, the same hospital where Diana gave birth to Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Duchess is planning to have a natural birth at the hospital, and the expectant couple confirmed they plan to follow William’s parents’ tradition, with William being by Kate’s side as she gives birth.
Prince Charles was present at Prince William’s birth in 1982, and in 1984 for Prince Harry’s birth breaking royal tradition, and it has been confirmed William plans to be there as well.
The Duke who will be working in Anglesey as a RAF search and rescue pilot in the weeks leading up to the birth will be rushed to London if Kate goes into labour while he is on duty.
In an unexpected move, royal aides have confirmed they will tell the world when Kate goes into Labour.
“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 spokesman revealed. “They realise many people will want to share in their happiness.”
The Palace also confirmed the announcement of the birth will follow the same way Prince William’s birth was announced, despite speculation the news would first be released on Twitter.
The announcement will be placed on an easel by the main gates of Buckingham Palace.
“We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice,” a palace spokesperson revealed. “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.”
Although the announcement will be seen on Twitter at some point. “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,” they added.
Prince William attended the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee on Saturday, while Kate decided to stay home due to being heavily pregnant. The Duchess of Cambridge made her last official appearance at this year’s Trooping The Colour to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.