As the whole world waits for the arrival of the royal baby, it's only inevitable that we feverish fans draw comparisons between the press frenzy surrounding Kate Middleton's hospital stay and Princess Diana's.
Prince William was born in 1982 and, to be honest, the crowd crush didn't look all that different. Except that there was bigger hair.
Not pictured: everyone at home, watching liveblogs and frantically refreshing Twitter.
Yet the 2013 crowd is reportedly far larger:
There are four times as many press at the Lindo Wing today than there were for Diana. #royalbaby
— Melanie Bromley (@melaniebromley) July 22, 2013
As you may have heard, photographers have been waiting outside St Mary's Hospital since July 1 -- that's 22 days. [Ed: Have they been going bonkers? Yes.] At last, they have something to do: wait a little longer for an announcement. And tweet like mad.
While we anticipate more official information, revisit Prince William's birth announcement. (This year's will probably be printed in color, if printed at all.)
Charles and Diana announced William's name four days after his birth, and they announced Harry's name upon leaving the hospital. We wonder when we will find out the name of the new royal arrival... Stay tuned to our liveblog for updates on all things royal baby!
Au revoir, maternity style:
07/24/2013 1:57 PM EDT
Behind The Royal Baby Name: George Alexander Louis Is Kate And Will's Choice
Speculation over the royal couple's choice of name has run wild in the time since the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy was announced, with Brits betting on front-runners with and without strong historical precedents.
07/24/2013 1:55 PM EDT
Will Kate Middleton Ever Escape Princess Diana's Shadow?
By choosing a polka-dotted dress for her hospital departure, Kate has inadvertently opened the flood gates to another wave of comparison to a woman she has never even met.
07/24/2013 1:54 PM EDT
Las Vegas Invites The Royal Baby To Visit... In 21 Years
Sin City has officially extended an offer for the royal baby to visit once he's of age. Do you think baby George's uncle, Prince Harry, will come along?
07/24/2013 1:23 PM EDT
The Royal Baby's Name Is...
07/24/2013 12:06 PM EDT
Queen Elizabeth Is Glad Her Great Grandson Doesn't Have His Dad's Ears
Your sex life will never be the same. In my day. What, not breast-feeding?
From diet tips to "little baby, little problems," sleep-deprived and super-stressed new parents have heard it all. And they want you to stop it.
As Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, move along on their parenting journey, it seems even the queen has had a what-not-to-say moment. According to a special edition of Us magazine on raising royals, she exclaimed soon after William's birth: "Thank goodness he hasn't ears like his father!"
07/24/2013 12:05 PM EDT
Will Kate's Mom Help Keep The Baby Real?
All of a sudden, there's a lot more interest in Carole Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's 58-year-old mom and the only biological grandmother of the littlest future king of England.
With Kate and her mom extremely close, and the new parents both eager to live somewhat of a normal life, you can be sure Grannie Middleton will want to be very hands-on in her new royal role. Here's what you need to know about Carole.
07/24/2013 10:15 AM EDT
12 Reasons Prince Harry Is Totally The 'Cool' Uncle
...as told by GIFs. See them here.
07/24/2013 7:18 AM EDT
The Queen Visits Her New Great Grandson
07/23/2013 4:57 PM EDT
The Nursery Isn't Quite Ready Yet
The Telegraph reports that the couple hasn't yet finished decorating a nursery because they are waiting for the completion of their new apartment within Kensington Palace. According to E! Online, this 20-room space, also known as Apartment 1A, will be ready for the growing family in August. Prior to the renovations, this vacant area was serving as an office and storage space.
07/23/2013 4:43 PM EDT
What Is The Royal Baby's Official Title?
The royal baby is here! Now that we've seen him and his parents have said some sweet words about the birth, we're left wondering... what is his official title?
Until Will and Kate choose a first name, the royal baby will officially be titled as "HRH Prince of Cambridge." It makes sense, given that his father is titled "Prince William, Duke of Cambridge" and Kate is titled "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge." In fact, the royal baby's title will be the first time "Prince of Cambridge" has been used in 194 years! Find out more about his royal title here.