Happy Birthday, Prince William!
Kids – blink once, and they’ve grown up. That definitely seems to be the case with Prince William, who turns 34 on June 21. Let’s take a look back the Duke of Cambridge’s birth date, in June 1982.
In the US
At the time of Prince William’s birth, Americans were paying $1.30 for a gallon of gas and 20 cents to mail a letter. We were listening to “Ebony and Ivory,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
We were watching Princess Diana as well. She had only been married to Prince Charles since the previous July, and was expecting her first baby less than a year later. At the time, relations between Charles and Diana were still relatively calm, with Charles having given up Camilla for the time and Diana seemingly smitten with her prince.
The world sighed over Diana’s frilly yet fashionable maternity clothes. We smiled as she was photographed, falling asleep at an evening engagement. Office pools speculated over whether the royal baby would be a boy or a girl.
June 21, 1982
Diana had told been overheard telling well-wishers that the baby was due on her 21st birthday, July 1. But in the early hours of June 21, she and Prince Charles headed to St. Mary’s Hospital in central London’s Paddington area. The baby would be the first British heir to the throne to be born in a hospital.
Charles “relieved and delighted”
Prince Charles attended William’s birth – the first time a British heir to the throne had witnessed his own child’s birth. As he left the hospital, he greeted fans, saying, “I’m obviously relieved and delighted … It’s rather a grown-up thing I find – it’s rather a shock to the system. (The baby) looks marvelous – fair, sort of blondish … he’s not bad.”
Leaving the Hospital Quickly
By the next day, 1800 gifts had arrived at Buckingham Palace for the yet-unnamed tot. Onlookers were pleasantly surprised when Charles, Diana, and the new baby exited the hospital doors around 5 p.m. on June 22.
“It’s the fashionable thing to do,” the Queen’s press secretary said of the quick exit, explaining that Diana would have plenty of help with the new arrival.
William Arthur Philip Louis
A week after his birth, on June 28, speculation on the baby’s name ended when the Palace announced that he would be named William Arthur Philip Louis.
Do you remember when Prince William was born? Share your memories (or well wishes for the Prince) in the comments.
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