When you or a friend or family member is expecting a baby, the planning and preparation process begins. Gender reveal parties and baby showers are a fun way to celebrate becoming a parent. However, there’s also the stress of planning what to do when labor starts, including packing a go-bag, getting to the hospital and notifying friends and family.
While many of us follow a similar process when it comes to getting ready for a baby – what about the royal family? Our friends at Hola were curious about the traditions that surround the birth of a royal baby, and found some pretty unique ones!
For one, the gender of the baby and the due date will not be announced. Despite their public role, royals tend to keep information about the baby to themselves. So much so that royal babies were traditionally born in the royal residences instead of a hospital! However, the modern tradition of giving birth in a private wing at St. Mary’s Hospital has been carried forward with the Duchess of Cambridge. She gave birth to all three of her children there.
It has been announced that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will not be delivering her baby there and will instead be out of the public eye for a few days after the birth.
Additionally, there are some post-birth traditions that you’ll be surprised are still around today. For example, the Queen must be the first person to know about the birth via a Royal Palace messenger. There is also a traditional 62-gun salute at the Tower of London that lasts around ten minutes.
It’s customary that the first official public appearance is the Christening — what a heyday for the paparazzi! The royal babies don’t use a surname and are often known as their title. People guess and place bets on the new royal baby’s name, and some win hundreds of euros.
For more information, including fun facts, about bizarre traditions to welcome the new royal baby, check out the infographic below!