News of royal baby's birth to come through a mix of tradition and social media.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:34 AM

LONDON (AP) — Representatives of the world's media have been camped outside St. Mary's Hospital in central London for days, waiting for the birth of a child who will be third in line for the British throne.

But they will only get a hint of the news, when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. An official will take the bulletin to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in front of the building.

At the same time, there will be an official announcement on Twitter and the media will be formally notified. The document will give the baby's gender, weight and time of birth.

It could be some time before the baby's name is made public. When Prince William, the baby's father was born, a week passed before his name was announced.

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APPHOTO LLP102: British police officers guard the entrance of St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. Buckingham Palace officials say Prince William's wife, Kate, has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour. Royal officials said that Kate traveled by car to St. Mary's Hospital in central London. Kate — also known as the Duchess of Cambridge — is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.The baby will be third in line for the British throne — behind Prince Charles and William — and is anticipated eventually to become king or queen. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (22 Jul 2013)

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