Being a royal is hard work.
There are so many rules that you have to follow in order for you to fulfill your duty.
Most people think being a royal is just a tittle, but it’s actually a job.
It’s a job that involves a lot of weird traditions and some pretty weird and wacky rules!
I thought if you were a pregnant royal then you’d have it easier, but even then you have more weird rules to follow.
For the third time in her life, Kate Middleton will have to follow a weird set of birthing rules in order to follow a strict tradition that has been in the Royal family for decades, and in some cases, centuries.
The Duchess of Cambridge is in her third trimester, but it’s still unknown if the unborn child will be a prince or princess.
The Royal family has a set of traditions they must follow whenever a new royal baby is born.
Some of these rules and traditions are utterly bonkers!
Giving birth to a royal baby is tricky business!
Take a look at these odd royal baby traditions you probably didn’t know about!
1. The Royals Gave Birth At Home
This practice that lasted for centuries.
Queen Elizabeth gave birth to all of her children at the Clarence House. Queen Elizabeth was also born in her family home in London.
2. An End To That Tradition
Princess Diana soon put an end to that tradition when she gave birth to Prince William and Prince Harry at St. Mary’s Hospital. This is the same place Kate and William’s children, George and Charlotte, were born.
3. The Birth Has To Be Witnessed
During a Royal birth, there has to be someone in the delivery room to confirm that a royal baby had been born.
However, this practice was stopped when Prince Charles was born in 1948.
4. The Queen Must Be The First To Know
When a child is born into the royal family, the Queen must be notified first before any official announcement can be made.
The announcement has always been on an easel outside Buckingham Palace.
But Kate and William broke this tradition when they made the announcement of Prince George’s birth through Twitter.
But before the announcement was made, Prince William rang his grandmother on an encrypted phone to tell her the news.
5. Hear All About It
The town crier, Tom Appleton, announces the news to the public.
It’s a tradition that dates back to medieval England when a lot of people couldn’t read or write.
6. No Fathers Allowed
Originally, the father of the child weren’t allowed in the birthing room.
It was widely thought that giving birth was a female-only event, so fathers were banned from the delivery room.
7. Sworn To Secrecy
The midwives involved in the Royal birth are sworn to secrecy.
The midwives who are present for the royal birth, and sworn into secrecy, making sure that the entire event is confidential.
It’s believed that Kate Middleton had three midwives with her during the birth of Princess Charlotte and that she plans to have more present during her next birth.
8. Non-Royal Grandparents
Thankfully this tradition has stopped.
The set of grandparents who weren’t royal, or high ranking royals, were completely disregarded, and efforts were also made to prevent the royal children from forming a close relationship with these non-royal family members.
I’m so glad this tradition has been scrapped!
9. First Public Appearance
The first post-birth appearance is one of the most important appearances a new Royal baby will make.
After she gave birth to Prince George, Kate was seen wearing a polka-dot dress which strongly resembled the one Princess Diana wore in her first public appearance after giving birth to Prince William.
10. The Salute
The birth of a royal baby is celebrated and saluted with the firing of 62 guns from the Tower of London.
Now that’s a warm welcome!
11. Another Salute
But that’s not the only salute the new royal gets.
There’s also a 41 guns salute from Green Park, which is placed near Buckingham Palace.
12. Three Or Four Names
Prince George’s full name is George Alexander Lewis, and Princess Charlotte’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
13. How Are They Chosen?
Names are typically picked from the names of other monarchs and close relatives.
14. Last Name?
Royal babies don’t need or have a last name.
15. An Official Title
If you want to know the correct way to address the little royal it’s His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (insert name) of Cambridge.
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