Kate MiddletonWe're all going to be on the edge of our seats during the month of July in anticipation of the royal baby announcement, and as long as we're totally plugged in at all times, it shouldn't take too long for us to hear the news that a little prince or princess has arrived.

Wait for it -- Kate Middleton's baby news will be announced via Twitter, which is definitely a major step into the future as far as royal tradition goes.

Yep. Twitter. How chic.

Well, technically Prince William and Kate's announcement will first be posted on the Clarence House website, but that's linked to Twitter, so it'll be all over the place within minutes (or even seconds) of the news going up.

And then the Twitter whale will probably crash the party and ruin everything. (#Fail.)

Ok, so it's no big secret that making a birth announcement via social media is a far cry from how the royals have done things in the past. But for the old-fashioned types, there is a bit of good news. To keep with tradition, a note announcing the baby's arrival will also be posted on the gates at Buckingham Palace.

When Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William back in 1982, his note read, "Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales was safely delivered of a son at 9:03 p.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

And oh yeah, Wills also got 41-gun salutes of royal artillery companies at the Tower of London and Hyde Park, which let the world know the future king had arrived.

For Prince Harry's birth, a crowd gathered outside of St. Mary's Hospital while Diana was in labor. A TV crewman was the first to deliver the news by yelling, "It's a boy!" to the people in the street. (Bet it would've been pretty cool to be there that day.)

And the news of Prince Charles' birth in 1948 was surprisingly trendy for that period in time, as it was broadcast over the radio. Newsreader John Snagge let the people know that Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth "was safely delivered of a prince."

Huh. I wonder how the royals did things even earlier than that? I mean, maybe the first way people found out about a royal birth was by the note left on the Palace gate? Can't you picture people hunkering down in front of that place for days on end anxiously awaiting the news? Or who knows -- maybe there was someone hired to ride by on a horse a few times a day or something "just in case."

(Whew. Thank God we have Twitter now.)

Do you think Kate's birth announcement is getting too far away from royal tradition?

 

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