Princess Charlotte: the royal baby in Twitter numbers

More than a million tweets were sent about Princess Charlotte's birth on Saturday. The social networking site was abuzz following the news that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, had welcomed their first daughter.

The peak in conversation came at 11:25am after it was announced by Kensington Palace that Kate had given birth to a baby girl. Over 4,500 tweets were sent per minute after the announcement was made, and Kensington Palace's tweet delivering the news was retweeted over 46,000 times.

Meanwhile the excitement continued on Monday after it was confirmed that William and Kate had chosen to name their daughter Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Twitter reported that there were more than 300,000 tweets mentioning "Charlotte" in the hours following the name confirmation.


More than a million tweets were sent about Princess Charlotte's birth

At its peak, more than 5,500 tweets were sent per minute after the Princess of Cambridge's name was announced. Many – including Charles Spencer – took to the social media site to express their opinion of the confirmed moniker.

News of Kate's labour and her daughter's birth were first announced by the official Kensington Palace Twitter account, leading to them acquiring more than 50,000 new followers in the week leading up to Princess Charlotte's arrival.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am," Kensington Palace announced on Twitter. "The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & members of both families have been informed. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

Following the excitement of Princess Charlotte's highly anticipated birth, her parents have since enjoyed a quieter few days together as they adapt to their new life as a family of four. The couple travelled to their Norfolk home on Wednesday following visits from family members including the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla.