After all the speculation, now we know. The Duchess of Sussex has confirmed that she is six months pregnant, sharing the news with wellwishers during a walkabout on a day of engagements in Birkenhead. Which means that baby Sussex is due towards the end of April. And while we all know that first babies can keep their parents waiting and that Baby Sussex is possibly set to make their debut at the start of May, let’s stick with the fourth month of the year for now. Here’s a look at who the new seventh in line to the throne will share a birthday month with as we look at the House of Windsor’s April royal babies.
The most famous royal April baby of them all, Elizabeth II arrived on April 21st 1926, the first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York, the Queen arrived slightly earlier than anticipated at her the London home of her maternal grandparents, at 17 Bruton Street, which was soon surrounded by press eager for news of this particular royal baby. There are absolutely no prizes for knowing what became of this royal baby.
Prince Louis of Cambridge
Baby Sussex’s cousin arrived on St. George’s Day last year. Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was born at 11.01 on April 23rd 2018 at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and headed home with his mum and dad, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, just hours later.
Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is currently the youngest boy in the House of Windsor but that could all change – Harry and Meghan also confirmed today they don’t know the gender of their baby even if the bookies believe the duchess will deliver a daughter.
Lady Helen Taylor
The only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent was born on April 28th 1964 at her parents’ then home at Coppins at Iver in Buckinghamshire. Their second child was christened Helen Marina Lucy. She married Timothy Taylor at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1992 and they went on to have four children. Lady Helen is currently 39th in line to the throne.
Lord Frederick Windsor
The first child of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Frederick Michael George David Louis was born on April 6th 1979 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
He is 48th in line to the throne and with his wife, actress Sophie Winkleman, he has two daughters, Maud and Isabella.
Lady Gabriella Windsor
Frederick’s younger sister is another Windsor April baby. Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor was born on April 23rd 1981 at St. Mary’s in London. Currently 51st in line to the throne, she announced her engagement to Thomas Kingston at the end of 2018 with the couple set to wed at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor later this year.
The Sussex link
Harry isn’t the first Duke of Sussex and his predecessor in the role had an April link all of his own. Prince Augustus Frederick, son of George III and first Duke of Sussex, got married on April 4th 1793. However, Augustus and his bride, Lady Augusta Murray, didn’t get the approval of the groom’s dad before saying ‘I do’ in secret in Rome meaning that their union contravened the Royal Marriages Act. Augusta was never recognised as Duchess of Sussex and after having two children, they went their separate ways.
And in just a few months’ time, it looks like as if a new Windsor will write their own chapter in the royal history books as everything points towards an April royal baby for Meghan and Harry.