It is with great excitement that the royalist community, and indeed the country, await the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and future King or Queen of the United Kingdom. Here is a list of 7 things we already know about the Royal baby, based on St James’s Palace statements and on what we’ve been told by royal sources.
The Duchess of Cambridge herself has confirmed that the baby is due in mid-July. The Daily Mail said the specific date of arrival was expected to be 13th July, although this hasn’t been confirmed.
The Duchess also said that she will be giving up royal duties in anticipation for the baby’s birth in the middle of June. Many sources report that this year’s Trooping the Colour on 15th June will be her final engagement before taking maternity leave.
We already know that the Duke and Duchess will be choosing a traditional name for their baby for many reasons, discussed by us in previous articles. Hot favourites include James or George for a boy and Victoria or Alexandra for a girl (though we think George for a boy and Mary for a girl). The child will likely have 4 names if a boy and 3 if a girl, following royal precedent.
This baby will definitely one day be our Sovereign. Due to recent changes to legislation (which are due to take effect soon), the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will, if a girl, not be later usurped in the line of succession by a younger brother as was previously the case. The baby will come 3rd in line to the throne and will be sovereign after Prince William.
This will be the third great grandchild for Her Majesty The Queen. She already has two from her eldest grandson Peter Phillips: Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips.
The Royal Baby will live in Kensington Palace Apartment-1a with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge once the apartments have finished being renovated. The Duchess has been spotted out on numerous occasions hunting for baby goods.
In a special Letters Patent issued by The Queen, it was confirmed a few months ago that all children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will receive the title of Prince/Princess and style of Royal Highness. I.e. if it’s a boy, the child will be called ‘His Royal Highness Prince X of Cambridge’ and if a girl, ‘Her Royal Highness Princess X of Cambridge’ (where X represents the child’s name).
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