The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting. Once the news was announced, it felt like the social space exploded with royal baby comments, maternity from Alexander McQueen and the Duchess’ illness. So of course we’re going to write about it.
Royal watchers have been waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to get pregnant for almost two years and now that the announcement has been made, let’s see what’s going on. I searched using “Kate Middleton” AND “pregnant” AND “Duchess” AND “baby” and took a look at the last two days.
You would expect a lot of tweets but there were only 1,009 mentions using our search terms.
The primary source of tweets comes from the United States. The US media has been obsessed with covering the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and were ready to leap on the announcement of the pregnancy.
As we can see from the blogs, more than half the blogs about the Royal pregnancy come from the United States (cue jokes about them being obsessed with royalty.) After the US, the next county is the UK, which makes sense, then other followed by most countries in the Commonwealth such as Canada and Australia, which has the Queen as head of state, and India, which is part of the Commonwealth.
When we look at the BuzzGraph, the most common words were “hyperemesis,” “gravidarum” and “Cambridge.” The Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which was probably the most looked up word yesterday.
Now if you really want to follow news about the royal pregnancy on Twitter, then you need to follow the hashtag #RoyalBaby. When I did a search using the hashtag, there were 192,163 tweets in the last two days averaging 4,003 an hour. This time, most of the tweets came from the UK.
Now that the media is on royal baby watch, that’s the next seven to eight months of US, Life & Style, and Daily Mail coverage sorted. Some of the words to expect in their coverage can be seen in the WordCloud: