London, 7 July: Breaking Britain’s time-honoured convention of informing a monarch of any royal birth with an official notice, Prince William will himself call his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II when his baby is born.
“The Duke intends to tell the Queen himself,” a palace source told The Sunday Times.
After his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, delivers the Queen’s newest great-grandchild, the royal couple’s private secretary will inform Prime Minister David Cameron and a handful of others, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Officials in Buckingham Palace will notify the head of each of the 54 Commonwealth countries and the First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For the public, an official notice announcing the birth will be placed at the gates of the palace.
Meanwhile, the Queen has put a high-speed helicopter on standby to take Prince William to Kate’s bedside whenever she goes into labour. pti