So, there’s a new royal baby in town! Now that Kate and William are home with their family of 5, and the youngest has a name (Prince Louis Arthur Charles ftw), we thought it might be fun to look into some lesser known traditions when it comes to royal-babying.
#15. Kate doesn’t choose her own clothes when she appears to introduce her children to the world
They’re chosen carefully and with specific intention – her polka dot dress while holding George was meant to mirror Diana’s dress while announcing William.
#14. All royal babies have 3-4 first names
Current children: George Alexander Lewis, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and Louis Arthur Charles.
#13. The Queen is one of the first people informed of the royal birth
She’s also informed of the name before it is announced publicly.
#12. Royal children have their own pets
Prince William had his own Shetland pony in 1986, though I doubt he mucked out its stall.
#11. The same christening gown has been used for all royal babies since 1841 – that’s 8 generations!
All told, 62 royal babies have worn it for the event.
#10. Royal babies used to be born at Buckingham Palace
Princess Diana was the first royal mum to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.
#9. The birth announcement is on display on an easel outside Buckingham Palace
It used to be handwritten but is now typed. People line up to see it in person.
#8. They do not require surnames
Prince George attends school as George Cambridge.
#7. Breastfeeding is the norm
At least it has been since Queen Victoria, who reportedly found the practice the “ruin” of intellectual and refined young ladies.
#6. They’re required to attend the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony
Which makes sense, since it is the official celebration of their grandmother’s birthday.
#5. Royal children used to be homeschooled
They generally now attend private schools outside the home.
#4. When the baby is born, there is a 62-gun salute from the Tower of London
#3. Their births are announced by an official town crier
The practice began in medieval times when a large portion of the population could not read or write.
#2. Royal men take paternity leave
William has for each of his children, though it is unpaid. I think he’ll manage!
#1. The gender is never revealed until after the birth
Rumor has it that Kate and William choose not to know, as well.
h/t: Marie Claire