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The eagerly awaited first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) has not even been born yet, but Buckingham Palace has announced that it will be known as ‘His/Her Royal Highness the Prince/Princess of Cambridge.’
According to a palace spokesman, “The Queen declared by Letters Patent on December 31, 2012 that ‘all children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names.’”
Under the terms of Letters Patent issued by George V in 1917, the title of prince/princess and the style of ‘royal highness’ were restricted to the monarch’s children, the children of the monarch’s sons, and the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. That would have meant that, if the royal baby were a girl, it would not be eligible to be a princess or have the style of ‘royal highness.’ But the present Queen rectified that anomaly, ensuring that all children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would receive the same honors.
The Mayor of Cambridge, Councilor Paul Saunders, called the decision to use the city’s name in the baby’s title a “great honor.”
“I’m sure the people of Cambridge will appreciate it greatly. I think it’s lovely to continue the close link with the Royal family. I think anything which helps to keep Cambridge in the public eye is a good thing as we rely on tourism,” he continued.
The baby’s official due date is July 13, but many in the press have speculated that that date might a phony intended to throw off the press, and pundits have predicted that the birth could occur between July 11 and 17.
The Duchess of Cambridge will give birth at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, which is where her husband was born in 1982. She is said to be dividing her time between Kensington Palace and her parents’ home in Berkshire. Should she go into labor while staying with her parents, the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading will be used as a contingency location for the birth.
When the baby finally enters the world, the public will only be informed after the Queen and the Middletons. Then an aide carrying a piece of paper with the baby’s vital statistics will be driven to Buckingham Palace, where a liveried footman will post it on an easel in the palace forecourt for the world to see.
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