Birth of new princess announced on social media

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

After months of speculation, we now know – it’s a girl. The bets were on that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would have a daughter and sure enough, the royal couple now have a boy and a girl.

Fans had been queuing outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for up to two weeks for news about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child.

Despite rumblings about the Royal Family’s popularity, the number of people at the hospital and outside Buckingham Palace reading the official announcement of the new princess’s birth says a lot for the regard that people hold the Duke and Duchess and their family in.

It’s charming but also difficult to manage for something such as a potential birth – with the time of the event unknown - unlike a royal visit such as the Queen’s visit to Sheffield for the Royal Maundy service last month.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, will be fourth in line to the throne and – unlike the Princess Royal and Lady Louise Windsor – cannot be displaced by a potential younger brother thanks to a recent change in the laws of succession.

The fact that she has an older sibling does mean, though, that her birth does not have quite the same historical significance that surrounded Prince George’s birth 21 months ago.

When the young prince was born, Buckingham Palace made a big play that the birth of the new heir would be announced in the traditional way with the announcement placed at the gates of the palace.

This time, however, the announcement had already been made via the usual channels: announced to the media and on social media, meaning Princess Charlotte has become the first princess to have her birth announced on Twitter.

And what of her name?

It was always unlikely Diana would be used as the princess’s first name but the inclusion of her name is a reminder of the high regard in which her sons hold their late mother.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears the late Princess of Wales’s engagement ring and when I visited the Royal Childhood exhibition at Buckingham Palace last year, pictures of Princes William and Harry with their mother were included in the exhibition – showing she has not been airbrushed out of history.

The Cambridges will now settle down to family life in their new home at Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate before returning to royal duties. once again.

* James Taylor, Royal Watcher