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July 23rd, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Modern twists on royal baby customs

There are so many proper procedures surrounding the royal birth, and they are just as preciously anachronistic as one might expect from the country that pretty much invented pomp and circumstance.

But the new parents, William and Catherine, are doing things with a few modern twists, or modern for one of the longest-running monarchies in the world.

On the modern side, the palace broke from tradition by sending word of the birth in an email, Will and Catherine will not have a nanny, and the British Home Secretary was not present to witness and verify the birth – that was an old tradition that was not-so-modern, and oh-so-creepy.

The Duke of Cambridge will also take two weeks of paternity leave.

On the not so modern side, they still posted the official announcement on a gilded easel outside Buckingham Palace, and the baby still has access to five castles.

Check out more modern twists on royal baby customs in the video above.

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