The British royal family has really embraced technology over the years and now makes most of its important announcements via messages on Facebook and Twitter. However, the family will make the most important announcement -- the arrival of Prince William and Duchess Catherine's baby -- in a decidedly low-tech way.
According to reports, royal staffers will make the announcement via a written message on a wooden easel place on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The message will also go out via social media, but not until the easel is in place.
It's (adorable) tradition: Prince William's June 1982 birth was also announced via written message, according to People.
"We very much wanted to preserve the theatricality of the tradition," a source told the U.K. Daily Mirror, adding that the announcement will include the baby's gender, weight and time of birth.
"The announcement will be tweeted but not until after the formal printed notification has been positioned."
It's life as usual for the royal couple in Kate's final weeks of pregnancy. Though she's now on her official maternity leave, Prince William is still hard at work as a search and rescue pilot in north Wales. He's reportedly planning on working until right around Kate's due date, though there are "contingency plans" in place if she goes into labor early.
"Between now and then he is on and off shift and every attempt will be made to get him there," a source told the magazine.
As for Kate, she's taking it easy with visits to her parents' home in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Her family is also planning the first-ever royal baby shower.
"It isn't royal tradition but Kate isn't a traditional Royal," a source told the U.K. newspaper The Sun.
Sister Pippa Middleton, 29, is in charge of the planning -- and brother James Middleton is reportedly in charge of making the dummy-shaped cake.
"A baby shower wouldn't normally happen if you're in the Royal Family, but there is now a modern way of thinking," a royal source told The Sun.
"It will be a great day for everyone and Kate is doing this with the blessing of the Queen."
But, back to the baby: When will we get our first glimpse of the little bundle of joy? Royal sources say it'll happen outside of St. Mary's hospital, west London, after the family is released from the hospital.
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