Royal baby FAQs answered as Duchess of Cambridge labor is announced

July 22, 2013

The #GreatKateWait is almost over! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is in labor and was admitted to this hospital early Monday morning, before 3 a.m. Eastern time. While we wait to find out if Baby Cambridge is a boy or girl and what we’ll call the little royal, there are plenty of other questions we can answer. Here’s a crash course in all things Baby Cambridge:

What was different about Baby Cambridge’s birth?

Catherine is currently in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. Members of the media have been staked out in front of the wing for weeks leading up to the big day. Why is the Lindo Wing so special? It’s where Diana, Princess of Wales, gave birth to Prince William in 1982 and Harry in 1984.

What will they name the baby?

Many are speculating that the Duke and Duchess will give the baby a family name. Professional betters are placing odds on Alexandra, Victoria, Elizabeth, after the queen, or Diana, after the prince’s late mother, as potential girl names. Male baby names popular in the royal family are George and Arthur; both were names of the queen’s father.

Royal babies of this level generally have four names. Prince William is William Arthur Philip Louis, Prince Charles is Charles Philip Arthur George, and Prince Harry is technically Henry Charles Albert David. So there’s a good chance that at least one name in the office pool could make it into the royal baby’s moniker.

But, it’s likely to be a while before we learn the name. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took a full week before sharing Prince William’s name.

What about a last name?

Most royals don’t cite a last name, though they often take a last name from their title. Prince William, the son of the Prince of Wales, is known in the Royal Air Force as Flight Lt. Wales. He used William Wales in college.

What will we commoners call the royal baby?

Baby Cambridge after Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s titles.

Will the royal baby, boy or girl, become king or queen one day?

Baby Cambridge, boy or girl, will be third in line to the throne. As part of a law change that went into effect after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Britain’s parliament moved to end the country’s centuries-old tradition in which male heirs superseded female heirs, no matter who was born first. As Prime Minister David Cameron said when announcing the proposal, “Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen.”

So if the law hadn’t changed, what would that make Baby Cambridge?

Prince Charles and Prince William are both the heir apparent to the throne. Queen Elizabeth was never heir apparent but heiress presumptive, presuming that if her parents never had a son, she would succeed her father as monarch. However, if she had a younger brother, he would have moved ahead of her in the order of succession. So the order now stands: Prince Charles, Prince William, Baby Cambridge. Sorry, Harry.

Where will they live after the baby is born?

After leaving the hospital, Catherine and the baby are expected to spend several weeks at her parents’ new home in Bucklebury, England. William has a two-week paternity leave from the military but must return to his air force duties in Wales.

Will there be a nanny?

The Duke and Duchess are going against royal tradition and have advertised for a housekeeper rather than a nanny.

What about the other babies that share a birthday with Baby Cambridge?

Baby Cambridge’s birthday twins will each receive a lucky silver penny. The Royal Mint made 2,013 (get it?) silver coins branded with the Royal Arms shield to hand out to British newborns born on the same day.

Silver pennies are the British version of the silver spoon. Giving a newborn silver is a wish for good fortune and health.

What does the royal baby mean for America?

Once Baby Cambridge’s name is released, the name may secure a top spot on all lists of the top baby names of 2013.


READ MORE:

The royal family tree

Duchess admitted to the hospital in labor

Royal baby succession, queens and kings who might have been

 

 

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