Royal Baby

Royal Baby

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Overview

The Royal Baby is a nickname given to George Alexander Louis, the newborn of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton[1] and Prince William.[2] As her due date approached in July 2013, people across social media sites began anticipating the birth with several related hashtags and live streaming feeds of the hospital’s entrance. He was born at 4:24 p.m. (GMT) on July 22nd.

Background

In September 2012, rumors about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy began circulating online after she reportedly chose a nonalcoholic drink while attending a state banquet dinner in Singapore.[3] On December 3rd, 2012, Middleton’s pregnancy was officially confirmed[4] by the Buckingham Palace after she was admitted to the hospital with severe form of morning sickness known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum.[5]



Notable Developments

Name & Birthdate Betting

Following the announcement of Middleton’s pregnancy in December 2012, online betting on the baby’s name, weight and godparents began on Paddy Power.[30] On the first day, Mary and John were the top-voted names for each gender.[31] By late June, additional pools had been created to include the baby’s hair color and hour of birth,[32] and by July 13th, Paddy Power reported that more than £300,000 ($500,000 USD) of bets relating to the baby had been placed. Later that week, William Hill estimated the value of the betting pool to be more than £20,000 ($30,728 USD)[33] while Coral reported £995,000 ($1.53 million USD).[34] Around the same time, representatives from betting companies began showing up outside St. Mary’s hospital with chalkboards and printed signs (shown below) to update spectators and reporters on that day’s stakes. In the hours after Middleton went into labor on July 22nd, Ladbrokes reported that more than 50,000 new bets were placed.[35]



Middleton Goes into Labor

On July 22nd, 2013, London-based photographer Jesel Parshotam tweeted[6] that Middleton had arrived at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital[7] in Paddington, London. He and colleague Darren Sacks were camped out at the back entrance of the wing when a BMW pulled up. They chose not to photograph the duchess’ arrival[8] out of respect and instead chose to tweet the information. Approximately two hours later, Kensington Palace issued an official confirmation that she had gone into labor.




Online Reactions

On July 22nd, a number of hashtags relating to Middleton and her baby trended on Twitter including #GreatKateWait[13] (shown below, left), #RoyalBabyWatch[14] (shown below, right), #LindoWing[15] and #RoyalBaby.[16] A handful of news sites highlighted the Twitter response to the baby’s birth including Fox News Insider[17], the Huffington Post Canada[18] and CTV News.[19] Men’s blog EveryJoe[20] featured a collection of 19 tweets from people unimpressed by the media blitz surrounding the birth. Additionally, The Huffington Post[21], USA Today[22] and Business Insider[23] among others compiled celebrity reactions to the baby from Twitter including Jersey Shore‘s Nicole Polizzi, Perez Hilton and CNN’s Piers Morgan.






At 4:24 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, Middleton gave birth to a baby boy. According to an official announcement, the baby weight 8 pounds and 7 ounces. The birth was announced by an email press release and is third in line for the British throne, behind his father and grandfather, Prince Charles.[9] After the birth, the hashtag #itsaboy[10] trended on Twitter. The Onion shared a handful of satirical “first photos” of the baby[11][12], depicting him as a horned, winged demon.



Live News Coverage

After Middleton went into labor, a number of news sites and gossip blogs offered live updates from the hospital including Sky News[24], Hollywood Life[25], ABC News[26], Hello![27], the Daily Beast[28], The Telegraph[29] and fashion blog What Kate Wore.[29]

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External References

[1]Wikipedia – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

[2]Wikipedia – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

[3]E! Online – Prince William and Kate Middleton: Pregnancy Rumors Swirl as Royals Talk Kids in South Pacific

[4]ABC News – Kate Middleton Is Pregnant, Palace Says

[5]American Pregnancy Association – Hyperemesis Gravidarum

[6]Twitter – @therealjesal: Kate Middleton has gone into hospital… #royal #worldexclusive @IkonPictures #LindoWing #RoyalBaby #RoyalBabyWatch

[7]Us Weekly – Kate Middleton Giving Birth: Lavish Details Inside Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital

[8]London Evening Standard – Duchess of Cambridge baby: the photographer who broke the news

[9]Buzzfeed – Prince William And Kate Middleton Welcome A Baby Boy

[10]Twitter – Tweet Results for #itsaboy

[11]The Onion – Royal Baby Born

[12]The Onion – Royal Baby Already Crawling

[13]Twitter – Tweet Results for #greatkatewait

[14]Twitter – Tweet Results for #royalbabywatch

[15]Twitter – Tweet Results for #lindowing

[16]Twitter – Tweet Results for #royalbaby

[17]Fox News Insider – Twitter Reaction: See What Everyone’s Saying About the Royal Baby

[18]The Huffington Post Canada – Royal Baby Reaction: Twitter, Media Go Ga-Ga Waiting For Baby Cambridge

[19]CTV News – Royal baby watch: Twitter reacts to news the heir is coming

[20]EveryJoe – 19 Angry Americans on Twitter Who Don’t Care About Kate Middleton’s Royal Baby

[21]Huffington Post – Kate Middleton Labor Twitter Reactions: Celebrities React To Royal Baby News (PHOTOS)

[22]USA Today – Celebs chirp about royal baby on Twitter

[23]Business Insider – The Best Celebrity Reactions To Royal Baby News On Twitter

[24]Sky News – Royal Baby Boy: Live Updates

[25]Hollywood Life – Kate Middleton In Labor: Live Stream Video From Outside The Hospital

[26]ABC News – Live Updates: Royal Baby Watch

[27]Hello! – William and Kate’s Royal Baby

[28]The Daily Beast – The Royalist: Live Blog: Royal Baby Watch

[29]The Telegraph – Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to the future king – live

[30]Paddy Power – NAME OF WILL AND KATE’S FIRST CHILD

[31]The Daily Beast – Kate Baby: The Betting!

[32]Today News – Fans bet on the royal baby’s gender, name, hair color and more

[33]CNN Money – Betting on the royal baby

[34]Today News – Royal baby wait means big money for UK bookies

[35]NY Post – Betting agencies have banner day on royal baby names as 50,000 take chance to win – Alexandra, James get top odds

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