Twitter goes royal crazy

Last updated 14:23 04/12/2012
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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LITTLE BIRDIE SAYS: Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby.

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OMG! K8 and William are having a baby.

The world woke to the news on Tuesday morning and you, like I, probably got straight onto the interwebs in your jimjams to read the very latest about your royal bumpness.

And wow, there were some brilliant "exclusives" on Twitter.

One profile, called Royal Fetus, claimed to be tweeting direct from the Duchess of Cambridge's womb.

"From what I can tell so far, the internet is just a place where people talk about me. I love it!", the (fake) mini monarch-to-be wrote, presumably on his iPad mini.

One of the dozens of (fake) Prince Charles profiles showered congratulations on the royal couple.

"One is pleased to announce that William and Kate are expecting a baby. Get in there son! ," one of the "Charles" profiles wrote.

Of course there were very many genuine tweets about the baby too.

Possible names was a popular topic of conversation, with Diana seemingly everyone's favoured moniker in cyberspace.

The official Clarence House twitter account released news that the royal stork was being readied for flight.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby," it wrote, with a link to a formal press release.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered her best wishes.

"Congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the wonderful news. JG," Ms Gillard posted.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also tweeted his congratulations on behalf of the Kiwi nation.

There was also plenty of discussion on Twitter about hyperemesis gravidarum - the morning sickness condition that forced the Duchess of Cambridge into hospital and led the world to find out about her pregnancy.

But not surprisingly was not trending.

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