Wednesday, 24 July 2013
At 4:24 p.m. yesterday evening, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy.
The birth was officially announced later in the evening: a signed document recording the birth was placed on an easel just inside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the hundreds of excited onlookers and news reporters to see – or, rather, squint at.
A short time after, a more legible announcement of the news was posted on Twitter by the Clarence House Twitter account, the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The news of the royal issue spread quickly through Twitter and a number of hashtags were adopted by the adoring public. The hashtag #royalbaby has been tweeted around 1 million times, while overall mentions peaked at around 25,000 tweets per minute.
Twitter was also at the heart of conversation when The Duchess of Cambridge went into labour: there were just under 500,000 tweets mentioning the royal pregnancy in the hours after.
The official Instagram account of The British Monarchy did its part spreading the news of the baby’s birth, posting two images of the signed document: one as it was erected on an easel and one of the document itself.
How did you find out about the royal birth? What do you think he’ll be called?