With the announcement of the name of the royal baby as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ended the curiosity of the citizenry in the homeland, as well as abroad. Prince William and Kate have been smart enough to please everyone by honoring both, the Queen and the Princess.
After all this hype about the newborn Princess, you may like to know some lesser known facts about the Royal Babies.
Facts About Royal Babies
1. 41-gun salutes are fired to celebrate the birth of each Royal baby. This tradition has been in practice since the birth of the future Edward VII.
2. There were rumors and allegations that illegitimate newborns were once smuggled in the palaces during the delivery. So the Home Secretaries were required to attend the birth of the royal babies, to make sure no such swapping happened. The custom ended when Prince Charles was born in 1948.
3. It was quite common that the names of royal babies were not declared very soon to keep the common public guessing for some time. The name of Prince Charles was not declared for about a month and was announced just ahead of his christening.
4. Most of the royal babies have been born at private or royal residences. However, Prince William and Prince Harry were born at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
5. Often, royal babies are attributed with 3 or 4 forenames, in order to honour the relatives. Prince Charles was named Prince Charles Philip Arthur George. Prince William was named Prince William Arthur Philip Louis.
6. Members of the royal family with the title HRH Prince or Princess do not require using Surnames. In case, if it is needed, they have to use Mountbatten-Windsor.
7. Even royal babies have nicknames. Queen Elizabeth was lovingly called Lilibet when she was a child.
8. Royal babies have 6 to 7 Godparents, generally. However, Prince of Wales had 8. Prince George has 7, at present.
9. Since 1926, the prams for royal babies are supplied by Silver Cross.
10. It is after about 120 years the serving monarch and three generation of successors, from the royal family, are alive together.