Celebrate the birth of a new princess with our facts about royal births
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge may be a few weeks old now, but we’re certain that William and Kate are still absolutely delighted at the birth of their second baby.
A lot of interest had surrounded whether Prince George would be getting a new little sister or brother, particularly at the bookies, with a particular favourite to bet on being Alice!
So, did you follow the majority of Brits and settle for Alice, or did you guess the new baby would be called something different?
While the new princess is settling into her home at Kensington Palace, we’ve been busy digging up some unusual facts about royal births that we bet you didn’t know!
So read on to find our favourite royal facts!
1. The news of Princess Charlotte’s birth was the second to be officially tweeted.
Her big brother George has the honour of being the first royal to have his birth officially announced on Twitter.
On July 22, 2013, his birth was announced in a tweet by Clarence House, followed soon after by a tweet from the British Monarchy Twitter account to announce Prince Philip and the Queen’s delight at the birth.
Princess Charlotte’s birth was announced on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account, along with details about her brother’s visit and when Kate left hospital.
2. The Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London has not always been the place where royals are born.
In fact, royal births have only taken place in the Lindo Wing since the 1970s, with only the children of Princess Anne, the Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Michael of Kent and Diana Princess of Wales born there before the arrival of George in 2013 and now Charlotte.
Before then, royals were not born in hospital. Prince Charles was born in Buckingham Palace while his mother, the Queen, was born at a house belonging to her parents: 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London.
3. William and Kate had three surnames to choose from for their daughter!
Most people have to stick with the surname they are given at birth.
But Princess Charlotte could have had one of three surnames, or none at all!
William and Kate could have chosen Wales, the name of Prince William’s Royal House and the name used by his father Charles.
William uses the surname Wales for his military duties.
They could have also chosen Cambridge, the title given to William and Kate when they got married.
Mountbatten-Windsor was formed by George V, who adopted the surname of Windsor (after the castle) in 1917 because he felt the family names of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha didn’t go too well with the anti-German feeling in Britain, sparked by the First World War.
Then the Queen and Prince Philip combined their surnames to create Mountbatten-Windsor.
It is reported that in day to day life the latest little royal will be known as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, but if ever she does need a surname (for example for marriage) then she will use Mountbatten-Windsor.
4. Princess Charlotte will be christened in a replica of the robe that has been used for royal christenings since 1841.
The original robe was made for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter from Honiton lace and white satin.
It was used for generations of Royal christenings but in 2008 a replica was made to christen the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son.
Angela Kelly, personal assistant and senior dresser to the Queen, reportedly commissioned a replica of the original to be made in 2004 when it was deemed too fragile to be used again.
The original robe entered the record books after it was worn by 62 babies in its lifetime.
5. Princess Charlotte will be fourth in line to inherit the throne.
Grandfather Prince Charles is first in line, with father Prince William second and brother Prince George third.
Princess Charlotte has overtaken her uncle, Prince Harry, to be fourth in line to the throne, as will any other children of William and Kate.
6. A new law was introduced to Britain in 2013 to make males and females equal in the line of succession.
This is the reason why Princess Charlotte is now fourth in line to the throne.
If this law wasn’t introduced, the latest member of the royal family would not have been able to step ahead of her uncle Prince Harry in line to the throne.
Charlotte would also have been sidelined by any younger brothers she may have in future if the old rule – The 1701 Act of Settlement – still existed.
The act has been abolished not only in Britain but in 15 former British colonies too.
What do you think of our facts about royal babies, have we missed any?
If so, let us know! But in the meantime, if you’ve got your own little prince or princess at home, you might want to take a look at our great selection of personalised baby gifts to spoil them to!
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