Victorian royal baby alert! The birth of Queen Victoria’s first child – 1840

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

To celebrate the birth of a son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we thought it would interesting to see how the newspapers reported the birth of Queen Victoria’s first child.

So included below is a fascinating newspaper report on the birth of Victoria, Princess Royal, on 21 November 1840.

We especially enjoyed reading about the royal nursery, royal baby clothes and the royal cradle.

We were also struck by the use of the word ‘accouchement’ in the newspaper reports on the birth – we’re hoping that the BBC will start using this word again.

historical newspaper report about The birth of Queen Victoria's first child

Western Times – Saturday 28 November 1840

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historical newspaper report about The birth of Queen Victoria's first child

Hereford Times – Saturday 30 June 1838

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000396/18380630/008/0002

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