The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, plan to break royal tradition with the birth of their second child. Instead of the pomp and circumstance that traditionally comes with the birth announcement, the couple have planned a more modern and tech-savvy approach to the release of the big news. The couple say they will forgo the traditional castle easel announcement for a more informal Twitter notification.
The Sunday Times reports that those waiting in anticipation to learn the sex of the newest royal baby won’t have to wait in the lines outside of the Buckingham Palace to see the official birth announcement as they did with Prince George. Instead, royal followers can simply login to Twitter to be the first to see the big news.
According to the Daily Mail, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not forgo the tradition altogether, but rather will not make the easel the first point of contact. Instead, the royal baby’s birth will be announced on Twitter and then brought to the traditional palace easel for viewing. Therefore, those hoping to catch a glimpse of the official announcement written out for the palace easel will not wait in palace lines in vain. The announcement will still be placed formally on the easel, but Twitter will provide a faster and more effective means of communication for the royal baby’s birth.
Royal sources noted that the only difference between the birth of Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, and his brother or sister will be that there will be less ceremony around the delivery of the piece of paper from the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s to Buckingham Palace. Instead, revelers can get all the same information provided on the easel via Twitter without waiting for the ceremonial paper to be delivered to the palace steps.
This isn’t the first time that a major announcement for the couple has been made via Twitter. In fact, Prince William formally announced his engagement to Kate Middleton via Twitter.
Duchess Catherine is expected to give birth any day now, with some claiming she is overdue and will be induced in the coming days. Will you be watching Twitter for the big royal baby announcement? Do you think the couple should have stuck with the traditional palace easel announcement for the sake of ceremonial tradition, or is Twitter a better way to get the information out to the waiting masses?
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