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Everything We Know About the New Royal Baby
How will the birth be announced? What will the baby’s title be? Here are the answers to all of your burning questions.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will welcome their third royal baby this month!
Since Duchess Kate’s pregnancy was announced in September, there has been speculation on every aspect of baby number three, from the what the little royal might be named to the baby’s potential godparents. After Kate’s whirlwind pregnancy, the royal baby’s April due date is quickly approaching and the Duchess has officially started maternity leave. Here are a few important facts to know about Will and Kate’s new little prince or princess.
1. THE ROYAL BABY WILL BE FIFTH IN LINE TO BRITAIN’S THRONE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS A GIRL OR A BOY.
He or she will come behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. This will push Prince Harry into sixth place in the order of succession, and every other member of the royal family will be one step further from the throne. Thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act put in place in 2013, the new royal baby will not displace Princess Charlotte in line to the throne. The old rules held that a new male offspring would have taken precedence over Princess Charlotte in the order of succession.
The British Line of Succession
2. IT’LL BE SPRING BABY.
Last October, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the royal baby would be due in April. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018,” reads the official tweet.
3. LIKE PRINCE GEORGE AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE, IT’S LIKELY THE ROYAL BABY WILL BE BORN AT THE LINDO WING IN ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL, WEST LONDON.
Earlier in her pregnancy, there were rumors that Kate was considering a home birth.But now many royal watchers believe the newest royal will be delivered at St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital is preparing for the baby’s arrival—on March 27, royal photographer Arthur Edwards shared a photo of the freshly painted railings outside the Lindo Wing entrance.
The Lindo Wing is where the Duke and Duchess famously introduced Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the world for the first time shortly after their births.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry were also born in the private wing of the hospital, although this hasn’t always been the case with royal births. The Queen was born at a home belonging to her mother’s parents in London’s Mayfair and Prince Charles was born at Buckingham Palace.
4. THERE’S NO NEED FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO BE AT THE HOSPITAL.
Custom used to dictate that government officials should be present when a royal was born. When the Queen was born in 1926, Home Secretary Sir William Joynson-Hicks was in the room. Luckily for Kate, this tradition ended in 1948 ahead of the birth of Prince Charles.
5. THE BIRTH OF A ROYAL BABY IS ANNOUNCED ON AN EASEL OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE.
Once the baby is born, it is tradition for news of the baby’s time of birth, gender, and weight to be confirmed in a letter displayed outside the Palace. This used to be the nation’s first chance to find out if it is a boy or a girl, although as with the arrival of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, it’s expected that the royal communications team will announce this to the world via royal social media accounts. The new royal baby already has an official page on the royal family’s website, where the news will likely be announced and confirmed as well.
6. THE ARRIVAL OF A ROYAL BABY IS TRADITIONALLY MARKED WITH A GUN SALUTE FROM BRITISH SOLDIERS.
The custom is that gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is within the succession. The last royal salute for a royal birth was for Princess Charlotte in 2015, when soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out in a procession near Buckingham Palace to sound 41 shots in nearby Hyde Park.