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Royal baby fever: It broke out in '48 and '82, too

July 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM ET

A jubilant crowd mass around the gates of Buckingham Palace, London, on Nov. 14, 1948, cheering the announcement of the birth of a prince to Princess ...
Eddie Worth / AP
Was this photo taken on Monday? Nope, make that Nov. 14, 1948. On that day, a jubilant crowd massed around the gates of Buckingham Palace, where then-Princess Elizabeth had given birth to her eldest son, Charles.

Hear ye, hear ye! Nothing brings Londoners together quite like the birth of a royal baby.

For real.

Photos from 1948, 1982 and 2013 document the fact that people’s wild elation over the arrival of a royal firstborn hasn't waned.

1982 video shows royal baby fever is nothing new

In those years, then-Princess Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles, Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William, and Duchess Kate gave birth to the boy who is currently the most famous infant in the known universe.

Image: People celebrate outside St. Mary's Hospital in London on June 21, 1982 after the announcement of the birth of a baby boy, later named Prince William, to Diana, The Princess of Wales.
John Redman / AP
Here's another retro shot that shows people celebrating outside St. Mary's Hospital in London on June 21, 1982 after the announcement of the birth of a baby boy, later named Prince William, to Diana, Princess of Wales.
Image: Crowds try to look at a notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013.
Neil Hall / Reuters
Time warp: Crowds try to look at a notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Prince William and Duchess Kate at Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013.
Image: Blue Tower Bridge
Vickie Flores
From restaurant decorations to dancing in the streets, check out how the world is celebrating the U.K.’s new royal heir.


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