It's not every day a royal baby is born, so when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting baby number three (!!!), we went a little nuts on the royal-infant front. After guessing baby names and trying to figure out the due date, we decided to dig a bit deeper into what really happens when a royal baby arrives. Like...
For decades the royals gave birth at home. Queen Elizabeth II was born at a private family home in London and gave birth to her sons Charles, Andrew, and Edward at Buckingham Palace. Her daughter Princess Anne was born at another royal property called the Clarence House.
Both Prince William and Harry were born at St. Mary's Hospital in the private Lindo Wing. Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George and Princess Charlotte here as well. Though it's reported that Kate Middleton is thinking about switching up the tradition and giving birth to her third child at home.
When the Queen was born in 1926, the home secretary was present in the delivery room. The centuries-old tradition required someone to be present to confirm a a royal birth was actually happening. The custom ended before the birth of Prince Charles in 1948.
For centuries, birthing was known as an all-female event and the males would remain outside of the delivery room.
Queen Elizabeth herself was homeschooled. However, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge have chosen to enroll Prince George and Princess Charlotte in school—starting in 2016 with Prince George's nursery school, the Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, England.
Prince George recently started primary school at Thomas's Battersea School, an elite private school in London. Prince William and Prince Harry both attended private school growing up.
Prince William became the first heir to the throne to attend public school.
However, this has changed with modern times. In the past royal children were often prevented from having a close relationship with their maternal grandparents if they didn't descend from British royalty.
Kate Middleton mirrored a similar polka-dot dress to Princess Diana after giving birth to Prince George. It's considered a sign of respect and tribute to the late Princess.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to announce Prince George's birth via email and Twitter before the easel had been posted—seemingly breaking tradition.
The doctors at the hospital sign it and then it's delivered back to the palace by car.
We totally would too.
According to the Royal Parks, it's given as a sign of respect or welcome upon various important royal occasions.
And it's located near Buckingham Palace.
Prince George's full name is George Alexander Lewis and Princess Charlotte's full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Prince William's full name is William Arthur Philip Louis.
People are already predicting baby #3 names.
Up until the early 20th century, royal babies actually had no last name at all. Instead, they were known by the names of the county of which they ruled.
This year, Prince George will simply be known as George Cambridge.
The correct title when referring to the royal baby is His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (name) of Cambridge.
They have even been known to sleep there over night.
Protocol dictated that Prince William call his grandmother on an encrypted phone upon Prince George's birth.
Thankfully, this was abolished in 2013.
His name is Marcus Setchell and he postponed his retirement to deliver Prince George. He is also the Queen's obstetrician-gynecologist. In the past, Sir George Pinker delivered Prince William and Harry.
Queen Elizabeth II breastfed her children, and so did Princess Diana. It's been reported Kate Middleton has done the same, though it's not officially confirmed.
According to The Telegraph, "Queen Victoria found the idea of breastfeeding repellent, considering it the 'ruin' of intellectual and refined young ladies." Today it remains a personal decision.
The Duchess of Cambridge's illness caused her to announce her third pregnancy early, and the family has still not confirmed a due date.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced Prince Harry's name the day he left the hospital whereas Prince William's name was not made public for several days.
Prince William received unpaid paternity leave from the Royal Air Force for the births of both of his children.