The Royal Baby watch has reached fever pitch! Look anywhere online, and you will see countless articles that speculate the due date, guess the name, discuss nursery decor, etc., etc. Was it really so long ago we all waited with bated breath to see Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s first born (and future heir to the throne)? Turn back the clock to 1982…
MarketWatch.com (of all places!) posted the article below, regarding the announcement of Prince William’s birth on the 21st of June, 1982.
Like father, like child. Prince William’s own birth in 1982 was accompanied by intense interest, fired by the global popularity of his mother.
Princess Diana reportedly bluffed the world’s media by announcing William was due on her 21st birthday, July 1. In fact, William Arthur Philip Louis, second in line to the throne, sent media outlets into panic mode by arriving 10 days earlier, on June 21.
The birth itself was revealed shortly before 10 p.m. on a piece of Buckingham Palace–headed letter paper displayed behind the gates of the palace. The notice, propped up on a royal easel, revealed the child had weighed in at a smidge over 7 pounds and that mother and son were doing well.
Two minutes later, a palace spokesman added that the baby had not yet been named but had “cried lustily.” After loud cheers, thousands of well-wishers who were gathered outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London — where Baby Wales is also due to be born — burst into song: “Nice one, Charlie! Let’s have another one.”
via Six other babies who got a royal welcome – Slide Show – MarketWatch.
From the BBC archives, I found the original announcement of the 7lb 1½oz baby boy:
1982: Princess Diana gives birth to boy
Diana, Princess of Wales, has given birth to a boy sixteen hours after checking in to St Mary’s Hospital, in London.
The boy, who has been named William, was born at 21:03 BST, weighing 7lb 1½oz.
He is second in line to the British throne after his father the Prince of Wales, who accompanied Princess Diana to the hospital at 0500BST this morning and stayed with her throughout the day.
Outside the hospital crowds had gathered to wait for news of the birth, with some saying they would wait through the night if necessary. Flowers arrived all day long and were taken into the hospital.
Thousands also gathered outside Buckingham Palace, where the birth was formally announced.
The Queen had continued with her scheduled programme, inspecting the RAF regiment on their 40th anniversary at Wittering in Cambridgeshire.
A Palace official said she had looked “absolutely delighted” on hearing that the Princess had gone into labour.
The Princess went into labour earlier than expected, but only by a few days.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, Geoffrey Chamberlain, told BBC News the long labour period should not present cause for concern.
He said: “Just over half of women expecting their first baby deliver inside 12 hours but another fifth go onto about 18 hours, and another fifth go even longer.
“There is nothing abnormal with a labour going into 24 hours.”
The Queen’s own surgeon gynaecologist, George Pinker, who has looked after the Princess throughout her pregnancy, was in charge of the delivery.
via BBC ON THIS DAY | 21 | 1982: Princess Diana gives birth to boy.