Pop Culture: Media Frenzy Over Royal Baby 2

I got a text in the middle of the night from a student of mine about Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcoming their baby girl.

My student is writing an essay on celebrities in the UK and the US, reflecting the frenzy of media coverage on the arrival of royal baby No. 2 in the next week (month?) or so.

According to BBC News, Kate Middleton gave birth at about 3:34 a.m. ET to a girl weighing 8 pounds and 3 ounces at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. Prince William was present for the delivery.   There’s no word yet on the baby’s name or when the first picture will be released.

The baby’s older brother, George, was born in the same hospital on July 22, 2013.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

Large crowds have gathered outside Buckingham Palace to snap pictures of the formal announcement of the royal arrival on a golden easel, which will stay up outside the palace for 24 hours, according to BBC News. The baby is Queen Elizabeth’s fifth great-grandchild. She is fourth in line to the throne in the British monarchy.

As expected, the royal birth made headlines around the world and will be the subject of much more coverage by the BBC and others this weekend.