Twitter Reacts to Royal Baby’s Birth

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her baby boy on July 22, the news broke via the Clarence House Twitter account. This was quickly retweeted across the social network and the plugged in population of the world began sharing the information both online and offline. Try as they might, the major news websites were slower to the punch, updating their Kate Middleton hubs 20-60 minutes later (some even later than that). As is the case with most major events today, the Internet was the first man up, and provided a good snapshot into what the general public thought about the arrival of England’s newest royal.

Socially-savvy dignitaries sent their well-wishes early on (in fact, Canada’s Governor General was one of the first!):

Celebrities sent out their congratulations in characteristic style:

— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) July 22, 2013

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) July 22, 2013

— Death Star PR (@DeathStarPR) July 22, 2013

Of course, the news was not embraced by all. The contingency of #RoyalBabyWatch detractors was well-represented: