Well, it’s a boy. The newest addition to the Royal Family has finally been born following a worldwide media circus full of anticipation.
We revisited the live blogs we mentioned earlier to see what they were saying about the birth, which occurred, according to multiple sources on this list, at 3:24 ET. By the way, the guy in the photo is the town crier announcing the birth of the baby, via ABC News.
The Atlantic: The blog previewed the announcement at 3:35 p.m., citing reports that the baby was an 8-pound, 6-ounce boy. Two minutes later, the reports were confirmed. Some tweets were also added to the blog.
The Guardian: Paul Owen, Peter Walker and Ben Quinn have stayed busy with this blog, updating it frequently throughout the day. At 3:31 p.m., a post was published that said only the sex, weight and time of birth. Details followed in a flurry of subsequent posts.
HuffPost: Published surprisingly late, at 3:42 p.m., the blog offered similar information about the weight and time of birth while also including tweets.
The Daily Beast: Tom Sykes wrote a lengthy account of the birth, including all the latest information, as well as some context. He mentioned Princess Diana giving birth to her firstborn for bonus points.
ABC News: A breaking news banner spread across the top of the website and Russell Goldman first announced the sex and weight at 3:31 p.m., followed by many more details, including photos and quotes from the new grandfather, Prince Charles.
CNN: The live blog published tweets from @ClarenceHouse, an official account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announcing the birth, weight, time and small details. Following were more details and reader comments, along with photos.
MSNBC: Eun Kyung Kim posted an update at 3:38 p.m. announcing the usual details, linking today a story on today.com that had more information. Kim also included the fact that Duchess Catherine is 31, and that the baby is third in line to the throne, edging out his uncle, Prince Harry.
BBC: The live blog run by Ian Westbrook and Claudia Allen first announced the birth at 3:42 p.m. Accompanied by a live stream of their television coverage, the blog continued churning out details, quotes, photos and tweets about the birth.
Small news to some — Earlier we listed a few D.C. publications that hadn’t hopped on the #RoyalBaby train. After the birth announcement, they pretty much stayed away from it. The Daily Caller ran a basic AP story on the birth, along with a breaking news banner on the top of their homepage. The pub also posted a story by Ariel Cohen before the birth announcement titled “Much ado about nothing, royal baby edition.” TWT ran a story on the birth, which was “special to The Washington Times” and had a London dateline. They had a breaking news banner at the top of their website announcing the birth. Roll Call, The Hill, Washington Free Beacon, Reason, National Review and The Weekly Standard all resisted the urge (if they had one at all) to publish anything about the newest member of the Royal Family.
Where are HuffPost’s fact checkers? — In true HuffPost style, the news outlet took a ridiculously exaggerated take in displaying the news of the new baby boy on their homepage. But they didn’t have all their facts quite right. Just above the photo of Will and Kate smiling, the bold headline read “BOY KING.” In fact, the newborn is not a king, but will have to get in line behind Prince Charles and Prince William. According to The Atlantic’s blog, the baby’s official title will be “His Royal Highness Prince [name pending] of Cambridge.”
What’s next? — Well, babies typically are given names, and it’s believed that this baby will be no different, and will also given a name to go along with that fancy title. Names that have been floated include Alfred, Andrew, Charles and Arthur. By most reports, it could be a while before the Royal Family announces the name of the baby. Stay tuned and keep checking those blogs for all your #RoyalBaby updates.
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