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Royal birth protocol changed

2013-07-22 21:29
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London- The royal baby birth protocol was changed late Monday night possibly indicating that the birth of the third in line to the British throne might be imminent.

According to tradition a messenger with the news travels by car from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, carrying a piece of paper detailing the infant's gender, weight and time of birth. The bulletin is then posted on a wooden easel on the palace's forecourt for everyone to see.

However palace officials announced just after 21:00 that the news of the royal baby’s birth will be announced via a press release send out in an e-mail.

The public is not allowed to know of the birth before the queen – who has made it perfectly clear she does not wish to be woken in the middle of the night to be told the news.

The Queen goes to bed at 21:00 (London time) but stays up till midnight on special occasions like Christmas. Chances are good that the news will be announced between 21:00 and midnight (London time) tonight.

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