The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s household @ClarenceHouse took to Twitter today to announce the surprise news of a new #RoyalBaby to their followers around the globe:
The announcement has already got people talking on Twitter. Since 8 a.m. GMT this morning, there have been more than 260,000 mentions of the news, including more than 70,000 uses of the hashtag #RoyalBaby. This visualisation from @TwitterReverb shows how the #RoyalBaby news spread:
Of course, it’s not the first time a royal arrival has been announced on Twitter. Prince George’s birth in 2013 was also heralded this way. At the time, the @ClarenceHouse team increased its follower numbers by 50%, and there were some notable spikes in Twitter conversation about the news, as people came together to celebrate the arrival. There were:
Today, #RoyalBaby was the top trending topic in the UK and worldwide, and political leaders and celebrities alike flocked to the platform to share their congratulations:
You can be sure Twitter will be the place where royal watchers remain glued as they await more news about the impending royal birth, so continue to follow the #RoyalBaby hashtag to join the conversation.