London, July 22: So the social media has brought a wave of change across the world in every sphere. The question is, how will it affect the news of the birth of the royal baby when it is out?
Now that Kate Middleton is in the hospital, 'the news' could be out anytime. But the question is, how do the fans find out when the royal baby has arrived? How will the news be broken to the public in this age of social media and networking?
A very simple answer to this is to avoid all rumours until there is an official announcement from Buckingham Palace. The small piece of paper pasted in the royal palace will be the only reliable piece of information to confirm the news that the royal baby is born.
Following the royal tradition, the world will first read about the birth from a small bulletin posted in front of Buckingham Palace. But before that, protocol requires that the queen be informed about the birth before the general public is told.
It is the exact way officials have been announcing the birth of royal babies like Prince Charles in 1948 and Prince William in 1982.
The First Post reported that according to officials, the process will go something like this:
- Once the baby is born, doctors will sign a foolscap-size document, with the palace letterhead, giving the baby's gender and time of birth. It will be terse and formal - the language is dictated by protocol and will read something like "The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a prince / princess." It may also provide the infant's weight.
- A royal aide will give this bulletin to an official, whose task is to carry the news from the hospital to the palace. It's going to be a suspenseful short journey, about 15 minutes, and the drive will almost certainly be broadcast live to millions of television viewers worldwide.
- Once at the palace, the official will post the bulletin on a wooden easel placed in the frontcourt for the public to see.
- At the same time, the monarchy's official Twitter and Facebook accounts will announce the news online.
The only minor differences in the announcements are something like, the bulletin used to be posted on the black railings outside the palace, not on an easel.
The new royal baby will be the first to own a hashtag - and the first to receive thousands of instant blessings and well wishes from around the world.