With Will and Kate expecting their third child at any moment, the internet has been a-buzz with royal baby excitement. Kensington Palace has been rather tight-lipped about the exact due date, but sources say baby number three is due this month.
While many are excited to see if the new addition will be a boy or a girl, others are wondering if the little one will make their arrival on St. George’s Day, which is April 23rd, or on Princess Charlotte’s birthday, which is May 3.
Perhaps being born into a family with such strict traditions would seem normal if it’s all you’ve ever known, but what about those who marry into the family? Meghan Markle has had to adjust her lifestyle quite a bit in order to marry Prince Harry this May.
Check out the video below to see which ten rules she now has to follow:
While no one will know for sure until Kate actually does go into labor, we can reveal plenty of information about what the birth of a royal baby is like, and it involves a lot of totally bizarre rules. Here are the top 10 Kate will have to follow:
1. She May Have A Home Birth
Until Princess Diana, it had been the tradition for royal births to take place in a royal residence. However, Diana broke with this tradition when she decided to have William and Harry in St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
Kate decided to do the same with George and Charlotte, but sources say she is considering reverting back to tradition for baby number three. Allegedly, Kate is considering a home birth in order to have a more peaceful birthing experience.
A source told the Express, “They were very concerned about the chaos caused with the first two children as hundreds of press and public camped outside for several days, and they would like to avoid a repeat if they could.”
2. There Will Be Plenty Of Help
When a royal baby is born, there is an obscene number of medical professionals standing by at the ready. Midwives, for example, are sworn to secrecy and are on call for three months before the due date. However, more then just midwives are required to deliver a royal baby.
When Charlotte and George were born, there were two obstetricians, three midwives, three anesthetists, four theatre staff, two special care baby unit staff, four pediatricians, one lab technician and three to four hospital managers present.
3. The Queen Is The First To Know
It’s the protocol that the reigning monarch always be the first to know when there has been a birth of a new royal family member. When baby George was born, it was reported that Prince William telephoned his grandmother on an encrypted line to inform her of the birth.
After the Queen has been notified, Will and Kate’s private secretary will phone the Prime Minister along with a list of other selected VIPs, which includes the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The public will be told of the birth by this medieval tradition…
4. A Town Crier Will Announce The Birth Publically
This tradition stems from medieval times when not everyone could read or write. In addition to a printed bulletin being posted outside Buckingham Palace to announce the birth, a town crier will ring a bell and shout the news into the streets for all to hear.
The tradition has stood the test of time, but now royal birth announcements are also made on Facebook and Twitter, as well.
5. The Royal Birth Will Be Saluted
While guns and loud noises are not a typical gift for most newborns, new royal babies receive a 62 gun salute from the Tower of London, and a 41 gun salute from Green Park, which is near Buckingham Palace.
It is believed that this helps the public celebrate the birth and welcome the new baby into the world. However, once the royal little one has been born, there are still plenty of traditions that must be followed…
6. Royal Children Must Be Dressed Appropriately
Ever wonder why Prince George only ever seems to wear shorts? It turns out, royal dressing protocol is based on age-old traditions, one of which is that young boys do not wear trousers until they are seven or eight.
7. The Children Can’t Fly With Their Father
The protocol states that royal heirs can never fly on the same plane with each other in case the unthinkable should happen. If there was ever a plane crash, multiple heirs could die at once. However, the Queen has bent the rules in the past, allowing William and George to take a trip to Australia together.
Want to know why Charlotte isn’t actually allowed to dress like a princess? Check out number 8…
8. Princess Charlotte Must Not Wear A Tiara
Well, until she gets married, that is. While plenty of other little girls love to dress up as princesses and wear tiaras, Charlotte, and actual Royal, is not allowed to do so. According to tradition, only married women are allowed to wear tiaras, so Charlotte may be waiting a while until she can have one.
9. They Have To Stop Eating When The Queen Puts Down Her Fork
Traditionally, everyone must stop eating once the Queen has finished her meal. This could be difficult for young children, especially those who are slow or picky eaters. Hopefully, the Queen bends the rules sometimes and lets her grandchildren finish their supper.
10. They Are Not Allowed To Have Political Affiliations
While most young people are allowed to develop political affiliations as they grow up, Royals are not allowed to have any political leanings what-so-ever. This means no student walk-outs, no demonstrations and no Facebook rants about the current state of the word.
While being a prince or princess may seem like a dream come true, it turns out there are an awful lot of rules to follow, some of which are not so fun at all.