July 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM ET
The royal baby doesn’t know it yet, but he’s trending wildly on social media and garnering well wishes from all corners of the Earth.
As news spread that Prince William and Duchess Kate had welcomed a healthy baby boy into their lives on Monday, actors, pundits, politicians and thousands upon thousands of ordinary people took advantage of technology to congratulate the royal couple. The announcement on the British Monarchy's Facebook page alone has garnered over 200,000 thousand likes and 13,000 shares.
Palace officials used their @ClarenceHouse Twitter handle to open the congratulatory floodgates by posting this tweet:
That Google+ card, which can be accessed here, will remain open to the public until Aug. 6. To weigh in, well-wishers can simply share the e-card, write a message and upload a photo. A printed version of the card will be presented to the happy couple and their little prince for preservation in the Royal Archives.
Meanwhile, hundreds of happy electronic messages and proclamations flew around the Internet on Monday afternoon. Perhaps the most mushy one of all came from proud new granddad Prince Charles:
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild,” Prince Charles gushed in a statement. “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
The White House was not immune to royal baby fever. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shared these sentiments with Prince William and Duchess Kate:
“We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.”
Michelle later tweeted:
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the news as “an important moment in the life of our nation,” adding that “above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.”
And a slew of celebrities also weighed in with well wishes ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious. A sampling:
While most royal baby followers took to social media to convey their excitement, some aired their (mild) disappointment over the prince's gender. Since England’s laws on royal succession have changed to allow for a first-born girl to take the throne over her younger baby brothers, certain people were hoping for a future Queen of England.
Others looked on the bright side: