It’s a Baby! Your Guide to Baby Cambridge

It’s a Baby! Your Guide to Baby Cambridge

When the announcement arrived, the whole world celebrated. The news we had been waiting for was finally here! William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife, Catherine, are expecting a royal bundle of joy in 2013. The excitement filled the air, and for the past few days it is all we can talk about. Baby, baby, baby. A little prince or princess is on the way!

Here at WWKD, we had so many questions about Baby Cambridge. Since neither of us are old enough to remember William’s birth, we weren’t sure of what a Royal Pregnancy would be like and what to expect from the Royal Baby. The Heiress and Duchess decided to consult Royal Central, the experts on the British Monarchy.  We sat down and asked all the questions we could think of, from practical to obnoxious. We want to share our conversation and all the fabulous information we received!

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Thank you for taking the time to speak with us! Our biggest question right now is about the baby’s royal title. What will it be? Is this affected by Catherine’s title?

Due to the 1917 letters patent created by George V, all children of the Monarch, male line grandchildren and the son of the son of the Prince Of Wales are entitled to the style of Prince/Princess. That last bit ‘son of the son of the Prince Of Wales’ means that if William and Catherine’s child is a boy, the title of Prince will be automatic. If it’s a girl, it will have to be issued through a special ‘Letters Patent’ by The Queen.

The baby would be styled as either ‘His Royal Highness Prince <NAME> Of Cambridge’ or ‘Her Royal Highness Princess <NAME> Of Cambridge’.

Ooh! So there is a little prince or princess in our future! Is there naming protocol or traditions they are expected to follow? How does the Queen’s approval affect this?

There are no special rules or protocol for naming  a Royal child, but when the child is one day expected to reign, traditional names will make up 75% plus of the child’s full name. Remembering that most members of the Royal Family have 3-5 names.

 

What is your bet on the baby’s name? The Heiress really wants to see something sweet like Arthur or Caroline, but the Duchess is leaning towards the traditional Victoria or James.

I genuinely think that The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge will choose traditional names. If I was to predict a name, I’d say that if it was a boy, its first name would be George, other names like Michael, Philip or Charles I’d expect to be incorporated too. If it was a girl I think its first name would be Victoria, other names like Carole, Elizabeth or maybe Diana may be incorporated too as its other names.

 

Who do you expect will be the child’s Godparent? Do Royals have Godparents, or protocols on Godparents?

Royal Godparents tend to be very good family friends. Prince William and Catherine are very good friends with the Beckham’s, so I think David and Victoria Beckham might be their choice for some of the godparents. Some of the Royal Family’s ‘choice’ may also be added.

The Beckham’s would be fabulous godparents! We would like to see that happen. So, we heard that Diana’s labor was induced so her husband could attend a polo match. Could William’s schedule require such measures?

I have heard of this, but I’m not sure how true it is. There will be steps put in place early next years which will be preparations for the birth of the child. It’ll set out where they’ll go if possible and ensure William will get there for the birth, should it not come at its due date.

That’s good, because it seemed a little extreme to induce Di’s pregnancy. On that note, is there any really odd protocol, e.g. a required paternity test (just to make sure!)?


Traditionally, the Home Secretary (a senior politician) was required to be in the next room to prevent a baby swap at the birth, however this has been abolished since Prince Charles’s birth.

Swapping babies at birth! Very dramatic… So, what is The Queen’s role in the baby’s life as great-grandmother?

The Queen might be responsible (if she lives long enough) for constitutionally educating the child for its future role, she may do as she did for William and  Charles and invite them round to Windsor Castle to stay when they have leave from school. The Queen is also head of the entire Royal Family, so any decisions on things that constitutionally are the Queen’s responsibility, will be dealt with by the Queen.


Will the Middleton’s have to relinquish any “grandparents” rights because they are not royal? For example, will they be robbed of enjoying baby’s first Christmas and fun things like that?


No, not at all. Unlike hundreds of years ago, they’re not out cast from Royal circles. I expect that not only will Michael and Carol play huge part in the baby’s life, but I think they’ll break precedent and may be invited to Sandringham with Kate next Christmas

Christmas at Sandringham for baby’s first Christmas sounds truly magical. We know the family will attend Christmas church, so will the baby be christened? Is the ceremony televised?

The baby will be christened as one day, it will grow up to be head of the Church Of England and will be expected to be in communion with The Church. The ceremony is a private family gathering, usually in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, it will not be televised.

But the public loves babies! What do you expect the public’s reaction will be if the first born baby is a girl?

I expect people will appreciate it because it will mean that the new system of succession will be tested for the first time, because that girl will be our Queen one day, regardless of any other children born.

Since the couple plans to move to Kensington Palace in the near future, will that be their residence to grow as a family? Will William and Catherine want to raise their child in such a high-profile atmosphere? 

William and Catherine are expected to complete their move to Kensington Palace in January/February 2013. They will want whatever’s best for the child, and the child will also need to learn to cope with the Media and the goings-on of a Royal Palace, so it may be good to do that from an early age.

Good thinking. The child will definitely grow up in the public eye. Do you think the couple will hire a nanny?

Yes, it would be impossible to complete their Royal duties without one, they would not be able to keep up appearances as expected whilst also looking after the child. Admittedly, the nanny will play a significantly smaller role in the child’s life as William and Catherine, I have no doubt, will want to be hands on parents but the nanny will be there for when Catherine is on an official engagement.

Will the couple announce an “official” due date?

No, it’s not standard practice to do this.

We will just have to keep guessing and estimating. Is there a sort of “official baby reveal” after the baby is born? How about an official baby portrait, like the engagement portrait?


After the baby is born, a notice is affixed to the gate of Buckingham Palace announcing that ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Cambridge has given birth to a little baby boy/girl’. A proclamation is then usually read from the balcony of St James’s Palace and Town Criers across the country read the announcement of the birth, as accords tradition. There is unlikely to be any official portrait when the child is a baby.

During the Royal Engagement and for the Royal Wedding, people could send cards of congratulations to the couple and the Palace kindly responded with a Thank You note. Does this also happen for the royal baby?

Yes! If you were to send a card or letter of congratulations to Their Royal Highness’s office, they’ll usually respond.
It should be sent to:
The Office Of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge
Clarence House, London, SW1A 1BA, England.

Gosh! We are running out to the shops now to buy sweet little cards for Baby Cambridge! Thanks again for answering all our inquiries.
- xoxo the WWKD team
 
Information on this post was supplied by Royal Central (www.royalcentral.co.uk) -
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