11:09 AM EDT 10/29/2013
Originally posted 07/23/2013 09:45AM
The Royal Family have scores of traditions and precedents. But when it comes to the names of their babies, they prefer to keep you guessing.
Queen Elizabeth waited a full month back in 1948 before revealing Prince Charles's name.
In 1982, Prince Charles and Princess Diana waited a week to tell the world that they'd chosen William as the name of their firstborn – but two years later, they revealed Prince Harry's name the day he left the hospital.
Originally posted 07/22/2013 05:30PM
The statement was short and sweet and left no doubt about how he felt.
Following the birth of his son on Monday, Prince William said, "We could not be happier."
An aide says William, 31, will spend his first night as a father at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, with his wife, Kate, 31, and their newborn son.
Originally posted 07/22/2013 04:25PM
He's one proud prince.
"Both my wife [Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall] and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," Prince Charles, 64, says in a statement. "It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy."
He continues, "Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
Originally posted 07/22/2013 04:10PM
Normally, she's behind the scenes, away from the cameras. But when Ailsa Anderson crunched across the dusty pink gravel in front of Buckingham Palace in her three-inch heels to post the message that the world wanted to read today, she was thrust firmly into the royal baby limelight.
"It was thrilling. it's an amazing experience to be part of history and a rare honor," Anderson tells PEOPLE. "There's been a lot of calm excitement in the palace all day since the announcement that she was in hospital and people were just waiting for the good news."
Anderson, 44, is Queen Elizabeth's press secretary, tasked with making the final journey with the anxiously awaited birth notice (handed off by Prince William and Kate's press secretary Ed Perkins) and fix it on the easel for Her Majesty's subjects (and the rest of the world) to see.
Originally posted 07/22/2013 07:35AM
For once, the much-photographed Kate and William managed to avoid the cameras, when the soon-to-be mother was driven to the hospital from Kensington Palace early Monday morning – though officials will not say if William was behind the wheel.
What they would say is that the royals arrived at St. Mary's Hospital before 6 a.m., while photographers on the scene say that the convoy was spotted around 5:30 a.m.
William and Kate and their entourage drove in two vehicles – a sedan and a town car – on side roads behind the hospital's private Lindo Wing before entering the building through the entrance to the Mary Stanford wing.
It's only two or three steps across a small sidewalk from the car to the hospital door.
Originally posted 07/19/2013 01:30PM
Mirroring the past?
When his mother Princess Diana gave birth to him on June 21, 1982, Prince William "had to be induced, because I couldn't handle the press pressure any longer, it was becoming unbearable," Diana later told her confidant, journalist Andrew Morton.
"It was as if everybody was monitoring every day for me," she said.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:35PM
The grandparents and aunt and uncle of the soon-to-be-born Baby Cambridge had a night out at the palace Thursday.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla joined Carole and Mike Middleton at a concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.
They were joined by Pippa Middleton and her brother James as they sat in the royal box at a concert at sundown in the back garden of Buckingham Palace.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 01:15PM
Expect 7-year-old Jessica Fitch to go far.
Thursday afternoon, she persuaded no less than Queen Elizabeth to pose with her and her teddy bear during a walk through Buckingham Palace Gardens.
Then the child got Prince Charles and Camilla to do the same.
Jessica was with her parents Michael and Heather, bringing her bear mascot from her Brownie group – and hoping for a royal sighting and getting a snapshot of it with the Queen. As luck had it, she was able to do just that.
Originally posted 06/14/2013 02:45PM
Prince Philip is on the mend.
The 92-year-old royal is doing "much better," his son, Prince Charles, told reporters Friday. Philip, who spent his birthday in the hospital (when his wife, Queen Elizabeth, paid him a visit), was admitted for an exploratory operation on his abdomen, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
On Friday, his grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry visited in the hospital, following a visit by Charles and Camilla, who had arrived half an hour earlier.
Philip was admitted to the hospital on June 6 and was expected to stay for two weeks.
Originally posted 01/25/2013 11:50AM
That mysterious photo that surfaced earlier this month of the young, pre-princess Diana Spencer has, it turns out, an equally mysterious buyer.
A real estate investor from San Diego, Calif., who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the photo for $18,000, according to the New Hampshire auction house RR Auction.
The black-and-white image shows a young Diana lounging with her friend Adam Russell, described by Diana biographer Andrew Morton as the great-grandson of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin and now a deer farmer in Dorset.
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