Tell world, take day off: Royal birth notices

December 11, 2014 10:01 AM

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Each newborn got 21 cannon shots, the bells tolled for 15 minutes and the air filled with the sound of boat horns when Monaco's royal twins were born. And everyone in the tiny principality gets a day off to celebrate.

In the case of latest arrival Prince George in 2013, a palace messenger traveled by car from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, carrying a piece of paper detailing gender, weight and time of birth. The news was posted on a wooden easel on the palace's forecourt.

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