At last the Royal announcement that many had been anticipating has been made - and for many it brings back memories of 30 years ago when Prince William was born.

Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not been as quick off the mark as William's parents - it took just 100 days from their July 1981 wedding for Prince Charles and Princess Diana to announce they were expecting - there will be many comparisions made with their predecessors.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales show William to the public for the first time outside St Mary's Hospital in London


The Prince and Princess of Wales made their announcement on 5 November, just a couple of hours before they attended a banquet at the Guildhall in London, given by the Lord Mayor of London. Indeed, it was the Lady Mayoress who was the first person to publicly congratulate the Princess.

For that occasion, Princess Diana was wearing an outfit that she had worn two weeks previously for an engagement in Angelesey, which is now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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After the Lord Mayor had spoken about their 'spectacular wedding' he added how their union had now been "supremely hallmarked" with the news that they were to be "blessed with a child" to warm applause from the banquet's guests.

Like Kate, Diana suffered from morning sickness, although this and the news that she also suffered from bulimia was not disclosed until many years later.

When Prince William was born on 21 June 1982, Alistair Burnett announced the news on ITN's News at 10 with the words: "It's a boy!" He added Prince Charles had been present at the birth, that mother and baby were doing fine and that the as-yet unnamed William "cried lustily".

Watch the video of Princess Diana's announcement above. Pictures of her pregnancy and the birth of Prince William are in the gallery below.

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  • British Royalty. Smiths Lawn, Windsor, England. Polo. Princess Diana, pregnant with Prince William, walks with Sarah Ferguson.

    British Royalty, Smiths Lawn, Windsor, England, Polo, Princess Diana, pregnant with Prince William, walks with Sarah Ferguson (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • British Royalty. Smiths lawn, Windsor, England. May 1982. Princess Diana pregnant with Prince William.

    British Royalty, Smiths lawn, Windsor, England, May 1982, Princess Diana pregnant with Prince William (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

  • Royalty - Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Prince William - London

    A Pregnant Diana Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and Prince William in the garden of Kensington Palace, London.

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    Diana, Princess of Wales, seven months pregnant in Scilly Isles in April 1984.Photo. Anwar Hussein

  • PRINCESS OF WALES : 1982

    PA News 3/4/82 The Princess of Wales (left), who expects her first child in the summer, at Aintree where she watched the Grand National steeplechase with her husband Prince Charles.

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    Princess Diana addresses the crowd as she opens the new SONY factory at Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, Wales. The new factory will manufacture colour TV tubes for Sony's nearby TV manufacturing plant.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - King's College Hospital, London

    The Princess of Wales, who is to be Patron of Birthright (the appeal arm of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), when she opened the Harris Birthright Research Unit for Fetal Medicine, during her visit to King's College Hospital, London.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - Odstock Hospital, Salisbury

    Prince Charles (r) and the Princess of Wales in Salisbury where they opened the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Odstock Hospital.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - New Albany Community Centre, Deptford, London

    Royal mother-to-be Princess of Wales in the sunshine outside the New Albany Community Centre in Deptford, South East London, after she had opened it. She expects her first child next month.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - Windsor Great Park

    A cosy cardigan worn over a fine checked pale blue dress for the Princess of Wales at Windsor Great Park where she watched her husband taking part in a Polo match for the Claude Pert Cup. The Princess who celebrates her 21st birthday on July 1st, expects her first child within a few weeks.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - Odstock Hospital, Salisbury

    The Princess of Wales arrives at the Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, where with the Prince of Wales (not pictured) she will open the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.

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    A very pregnant Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at a polo event at Windsor Great Park in June, 1982.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - King's College Hospital, London

    The Princess of Wales is presented with a bouquet by seven year old Elsa Rodeck upon her arrival at the King's College Hospital in London when she opened the Harris Birthright Research Unit for Fetal Medicine.The Princess is patron of Birthright, the appeal arm of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales Jewish Welfare Board Dinner - London

    A pregnant Princess of Wales at a dinner to mark the 125th anniversary of the Jewish Welfare Board in London.

  • Royalty - Diana Princess of Wales - St. Mary's, Scilly Isles

    A pleased public gaze with pleasure on the Prince and Princess of Wales during their walk-about in St. Mary's on the Scilly Isles. The couple, who are expecting their first child next month, are on a private visit to the isles.

  • Royal - Princess of Wales - Waterton

    The Princess of Wales smiles at the crowds who had come to see her open the Callard and Bowser sweet factory at Waterton, near Bridgend.

  • ROYAL FAMILY-PRINCE WILLIAM

    Baby Prince William sits in the lap of his father, the Prince of Wales as the Princess of Wales attracts his attention with a rattle at Kensington Palace, in London.

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    The Princess of Wales, wearing her favourite maternity dress, with newly-born baby Prince William and the Prince of Wales at St Mary's hospital, London in June 1982.Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    A baby Prince William crawling in Auckland, New Zealand, March 1983.Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    The Prince and Princess of Wales gaze lovingly at baby Prince William on the day of his Christening at Buckingham Palace in1982. Royals, Baby, Diana, Charles, Smile, Hat.Anwar Hussein/allaction.co.uk

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    The Prince and Princess of Wales sit, along with other members of the Royal family, with baby Prince William on the day of his Christening at Buckingham Palace in 1982. Royals, Family shot, Diana, Charles, William, Baby.Anwar Hussein/allaction.co.uk

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    The Prince of Wales with Diana, Princess of Wales arriving with baby Prince William in Alice Springs, Australia in April 1983.Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    Diana and Prince Charles look on lovingly at baby Prince William on the day of his Christening at Buckingham Palace in1982. Anwar Hussein/allaction.co.uk

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    Diana, Princess of Wales with baby Prince William at Aberdeen airport, Scotland in March 1983. Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales follow Prince William out to Kensington Palace gardens for a photocall in December 1983.

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    A baby Prince William with the Prince and Princess of Wales at Kensington Palce in Christmas 1982.Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    The Prince of Wales with the Queen, the Queen Mother and baby Prince William at Buckingham Palace, London in 1982.Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    The Prince of Wales with baby Prince William arriving at Aberdeen airport, Scotland in 1983.Photo. Anwar Hussein

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    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William pose in Kensington Palace gardens for a photocall in December 1983.

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    The Prince and Princess of Wales with baby Prince William at Kensington Palace at Christmas 1982.Photo. Anwar Hussein

  • Royalty - Prince and Princess of Wales Tour of New Zealand

    The Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince William on a rug in the grounds of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.

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    Diana, Princess of Wales with baby Prince William in Christmas,1982.Photo. Anwar Hussein

  • Princess Diana Visits New Zealand

    Diana, Princess of Wales with the Prince of Wales and baby Prince William in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • PA NEWS PHOTO 22/12/82 THE PRINCESS OF WALES WITH BABY PRINCE WILLIAM AT KENSINGTON PALACE...

    PA NEWS PHOTO 22/12/82 THE PRINCESS OF WALES WITH BABY PRINCE WILLIAM AT KENSINGTON PALACE

  • Royalty - Prince William - Kensington Palace

    A baby Prince William with his mother, The Princess of Wales, at home in Kensington Palace, London

  • BIRTH OF PRINCE HARRY : 1984

    PA News 16/9/84: Prince William waves to the crowd as he leaves the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, London, with his nanny Barbara Barnes, after spending approximately 20 minutes visiting his mother the Princess of Wales and his new-born baby brother Prince Harry. His father, the Prince of Wales, stayed for several hours.

  • Royalty - Prince and Princess of Wales Tour of New Zealand

    The Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince William on a rug in the grounds of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Royalty - Trooping the Colour - Buckingham Palace

    The Princess of Wales holds her baby son Prince Harry with (left to right) Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince Michael of Kent, Prince William and Master Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast which followed the Trooping of the Colour Ceremony.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - Aberdeen Airport

    The Princess of Wales carries her eight-month old son Prince William to the Queen's Flight at Aberdeen airport prior to their return to London. Along with her husband the Prince of Wales, they have spent three days at the Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate

  • Royalty - Princess Diana and Prince William at Kensington Palace - London

    Diana Princess of Wales holds her son Prince William at his second public appearance at Kensington Palace in London

  • Royalty - Prince William - Buckingham Palace

    The Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace with baby son Prince William.

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    The Prince of Wales uses a feather to try and get the attention of Prince William in Auckland. The trip to New Zealand with the Princess of Wales in April 1983 was William's first trip abroad.Prince William is currently touring New Zealand.Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com

  • A young Prince William leaves St Mary's hospital - London

    A young Prince William leaves St Mary's hospital in London on September 16, 1984 after seeing his newly born brother, Prince Harry.Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

  • Royalty - Trooping the Colour - Buckingham Palace

    The Prince of Wales with the Princess of Wales, baby Prince Harry, Prince William, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London to watch the fly past.

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    Diana, Princess of Wales with baby Prince William at Aberdeen airport, Scotland in 1983.

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    The Prince and Princess of Wales with baby Prince William in Kensington Palace in 1983.Photo. Anwar Hussein

  • CHRISTENING OF PRINCE WILLIAM : 1982

    The Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace with their son Prince William on the day of his christening.

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    **Full date not available** Diana, Princess of Wales with baby Prince William at Aberdeen airport, Scotland in 1983.Photo. Anwar Hussein

  • William at 30

    File photo dated 22/12/1982 of the Prince and Princess of Wales with their son Prince William during a photo session at Kensington Palace in London.

  • William at 30

    File photo dated 15/03/1983 of baby Prince William playing at home in Kensington Palace, London.

  • William at 30

    File photo dated 15/03/1983 of Prince William with his mother, The Princess of Wales, at home in Kensington Palace, London