Royals Royal Baby Birth Announcement: How It Happened Following the official announcement, the proclamation passed through three people's hands before being posted By Sarah Michaud Sarah Michaud Instagram Sarah Michaud is the senior news editor of PEOPLE's music vertical. She has been with the brand for close to 15 years, holding various roles across the digital news team before focusing on music. In 2021, Sarah won the CMA media achievement award for her coverage of country music. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, social work and English and resides outside of Boston. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on January 20, 2022 01:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Tim Rooke/Rex USA It all went off without a hitch. Despite a last-minute change regarding the timing of the birth announcement – a press release went out before the signed bulletin left the hospital – the arrival of the royal baby proceeded according to plan Tuesday. After the official announcement from Kensington Palace at 8:31 p.m. London time, cheers were heard spontaneously breaking out among the crowd gathered around the hospital. Soon after, Prince William and Kate‘s press secretary Ed Perkins came down the hospital steps and handed the official birth notice off. With the notice encased in a red leather folder embossed with the Buckingham Palace emblem, the orderly and a police officer drove from St. Mary’s Hospital to the Palace in a blue Jaguar. Having arrived, the orderly passed the notice to Queen Elizabeth’s press secretary Ailsa Anderson, who posted the proclamation on an easel for the world to see. “Three cheers for Kate and William and the little Prince,” called out a voice. “Hip hip hurrah,” the crowd answered three times. The electric energy stayed in the air late into the evening as crowds filtered through for their chance to see the easel. Back at the hospital, traditionally-dressed town crier Tony Appleton appeared on the steps to announce the birth as well-wishers poured in and official statements began to be made. Prince Charles tells the press he is “overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild” and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted” at the delivery. New father William says he and Kate “could not be happier.” • Reporting by SIMON PERRY, CARIS DAVIS and SHRUTI DESAI More on the Royal Baby:• Will & Kate’s Road to Parenthood: Our Countdown Extravaganza!• Duchess Kate’s Royally Chic Bump• Perfect Nursery Gifts for William & Kate• Must-See Royal Baby Souvenirs!• What Will Kate & William Name Their Baby?