The presentation of the prince wasn't much like the way Prince Charles, then 33, and Princess Diana, then 20, showed off their first baby, Prince William, to the world the day after he was born. In fact, what a difference 31 years makes. But the ritual blended tradition and modernity, one of the reasons William and Duchess Kate are so popular with the British and worldwide.
Royal remix: Packham made it for this occasion, and proudly cooed about it within minutes of the reveal. Walker's dress was a maternity dress that was the only frock Diana had with her at the time of the birth. Charles has been most comfortable in his impeccable suits practically since he was a Nike Air Max Tavas Yellow toddler; William lives in casual wear but dresses up smartly.
2013: To their apartment at Kensington Palace
Royal remix: The royal one took the lead back then; this new couple is more of an equal partnership.
1982: Charles walked out holding baby William, then gave him to Diana
relaxed, happy and serene.
2013: She wore a bespoke crepe de chine dress of cornflower blue with white polka dots with a belted waist (plainly showing the remains of her baby bump), by British designer Jenny Packham. He wore a casual blue shirt, no tie, dark slacks belted with a worked leather belt.
Royal remix: The palace once derided as the "aunt heap" by Edward VIII is still the indispensable public housing for high ranking royals.
1982: She wore a maternity dress, a voluminous kelly green smock dress with white polka dots and a white collar by British designer Catherine Walker. He wore a formal striped suit with a striped tie and blue shirt.
2013: Both were practically chatty. Kate said giving birth was an "emotional" and "very special" experience. William joked about the baby's weight, lungs and tardiness, promised a name soon, acknowledged the media mob's long wait and subtly pleaded to be left alone for at least a while.
2013: Kate walked out holding her newborn, then gave him to William
Royal remix: Interest in royal babies remains intense; the technological capacity to indulge that interest has exploded and expanded worldwide.1982: They both got in Nike Max 2015 Sneaker
1982: Cheering crowds but a relatively smaller media contingent; there were only two national broadcast networks in Britain at the time.
Royal remix: Even a wary royal like William knows he has to feed the media beast; it's good for the media and for the royals. Charles expected and received more deference in his day. Kate, more than a decade older than Diana at the time, looked Nike Air Max Tavas Colorways
baby reveals have come a long way since 1982
1982: Nothing; they smiled and posed. She later said she was nervous and teary.
2013: They got into a British black luxury car; he was driving, a security agent in the front seat, and she Nike Air Max Tavas Leather Cargo Khaki
the back of a British black luxury car to be driven by chauffeur away from the hospital.
got in the back with the baby.
2013: Huge cheering crowds, clutching camera phones, and a media mob hundreds strong from around the world.
Especially now. Kate, 31, gave birth on Monday to an 8 pound, 6 ounce boy, still unnamed, in the same hospital, St. Mary's, where William was born. She and William, also 31, presented their Baby Prince Cambridge to a wildly excited throng outside the hospital on Tuesday.
Those watching could not help thinking of the day in June 1982 when Charles and Diana performed the same dance for the media. Here's a look at what's changed and what's stayed the same.
Royal remix: William not only likes to drive himself, he's handy with a car seat, prompting speculation about whether he practiced ahead of time. Charles would not have had a clue about car seats.1982: To their apartment at Kensington Palace
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