We’re buzzing here at FQ over the imminent royal birth. But how much do you know these right regal events?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child. And with the royal baby due any day now, maybe you’ve been stalking the couple’s all-new official Instagram account for any news… (I know I have.)
But while we’re waiting, here are five things that you might not know about the traditions that come with royal births.
Do not expect a gender reveal
The royals never announce the gender of the baby ahead of time. In the case of the Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they decided to wait until all three of their children were born to find out the gender.
Babies are wrapped in designer gear from day one
Designer G.H. Hurt & Son, a Nottingham-based luxury brand established in 1912, created knitted-lace shawls for royal babies such as Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George. It’s even said they created a blanket for Prince William when he was born.
You won’t be the first to to hear
The monarch must be notified of any royal birth before anyone else. This includes any type of news or media coverage.
Not all announcements are made via news or online
A nice personal touch in this royal tradition is that you can find a written announcement placed outside Buckingham Palace. Included in it is the gender of the baby as well as the time it was delivered.
The city of London comes alive
Look London’s landmarks and watch them light up either pink or blue to celebrate the new royal births. Locations such as the London Eye and Trafalgar Square, along with the Tower and Golden Jubilee bridges, are just some that shine away to welcome a royal baby.