Here in the US ...
At the time of Prince William's birth, Americans were paying $1.30 for a gallon of gas and 20 cents to mail a letter. We were listening to "Ebony and Ivory," "Chariots of Fire," and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."
We were watching Princess Diana as well. She had only been married to Prince Charles since the previous July, and was expecting her first baby less than a year later. At the time, relations between Charles and Diana were still relatively calm, with Charles having given up Camilla for the time and Diana seemingly smitten with her prince.
The world sighed over Diana's frilly yet fashionable maternity clothes. We smiled as she was photographed, falling asleep at an evening engagement. Office pools speculated over whether the royal baby would be a boy or a girl.
June 21, 1982
Diana had told been overheard telling well-wishers that the baby was due on her 21st birthday, July 1. But in the early hours of June 21, she and Prince Charles headed to St. Mary's Hospital in central London's Paddington area. The baby would be the first British heir to the throne to be born in a hospital.
Crowds gathered outside the hospital, and were overjoyed when a baby boy weighing 7 lb., 1.5 oz (those royals are precise!) arrived at 9:03 p.m., "crying lustily."
Charles "relieved and delighted"
Prince Charles attended William's birth - the first time a British heir to the throne had witnessed his own child's birth. As he left the hospital, Charles greeted fans, saying, "I'm obviously relieved and delighted … It's rather a grown-up thing I find - it's rather a shock to the system. (The baby) looks marvelous - fair, sort of blondish … he's not bad."
Leaving the Hospital Quickly
By the next day, 1800 gifts had arrived at Buckingham Palace for the yet-unnamed tot. Onlookers were pleasantly surprised when Charles, Diana, and the new baby exited the hospital doors around 5 p.m. on June 22.
"It's the fashionable thing to do," the Queen's press secretary said of the quick departure, explaining that Diana would have plenty of help with the new arrival.
William Arthur Philip Louis
A week after his birth, on June 28, speculation on the baby's name ended when the Palace announced that he would be named William Arthur Philip Louis.
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