Royal Baby Watch at the Lindo Wing: A Modern Tradition

He follows in a growing tradition: His brother, George, in 2013, and his sister, Charlotte, in 2015, were also born at the Lindo Wing, emerging from the hospital to be greeted by a phalanx of reporters from around the world.

William himself, cradled by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and his father, Prince Charles, made the same journey in 1982, as did his brother, Harry, two years later.

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Toasting the birth of Princess Anne’s son, Peter, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London in 1977.Credit Press Association, via Getty Images

But Diana, for once, hadn’t set the trend: Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, was the first to use the Lindo Wing to give birth; her son, Peter, was born there in 1977. Her daughter, Zara, followed, in 1981.

Royal Baby Watch at the Lindo Wing: A Modern Tradition
Royal Baby Watch at the Lindo Wing: A Modern Tradition

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Excitement about the latest royal birth began when Kensington Palace posted on Twitter at 8.22 a.m. Monday that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, had been admitted to the hospital that morning. At 1 p.m. the palace tweeted again: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.”

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