By announcing the name of the royal baby as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge put an end to the curiosity of citizens at home and abroad. Prince William and Kate were wise enough to please everyone by honouring both the Queen and the Princess.
After all the hype about the newborn princess, you might want to learn some lesser known facts about Royal Babies.
Facts About Royal Babies
- A 41-gun salute is fired to celebrate the birth of each royal baby. This tradition has been practiced since the birth of Edward VII.
- There have been rumors and allegations that illegitimate newborns were once smuggled into the palaces during childbirth. Therefore, the Ministers of the Interior were obliged to attend the birth of the royal babies to ensure that no such exchange took place. The custom ended when Prince Charles was born in 1948.
- It was quite common that the names of the royal babies were not declared very quickly so that the general public could continue to guess for some time. The name of Prince Charles was not declared for about a month and was only announced shortly before his baptism.
- Most royal babies are born in private or royal residences. However, Prince William and Prince Harry were born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
- Royal babies are often given 3 or 4 first names to honor their relatives. Prince Charles was named Prince Charles Philip Arthur George. Prince William was named Prince William Arthur Philip Louis.
- Members of the royal family with the title H.R.H. Prince or Princess are not required to use family names If necessary, they must use Mountbatten-Windsor.
- Even royal babies have nicknames. Queen Elizabeth was lovingly called Lilibet as a child.
- Royal babies generally have 6 to 7 godparents. However, the Prince of Wales had 8, and Prince George currently has 7.
- Since 1926, the prams for royal babies have been supplied by Silver Cross.
- For the first time in 120 years, the current serving monarch (Queen Elizabeth II) is alive at the same time as three generations of successors.