Sheffield academics believe the birth of the future king will spark a surge in people accessing a project they developed.
Kate and Will’s royal arrival looks set to increase the use of Connected Histories, created by the University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute, for examining similar landmark events in the past.
The project brings together 22 digital resources related to early, modern and 19th century Britain.
Its search engine allows researchers to collect and share sources for British history on one website highlighting unexpected connections and surprising parallels.
Newspapers, the records of courts and parliaments, or old drawings are used as source materials.
Professor Bob Shoemaker, a director of research at the university, said: “The significance of events like this lies in large part in the long historical tradition in which they are situated. Connected Histories revolutionises possibilities for anyone interested in history to find out more about our fascinating past.”