Prince William and Kate Baby
Royal births. The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby in July 2013. Will and Guy have the following thoughts on the new royal birth.
Looking Forward to a New Royal Baby
The first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the third in line to the British throne. The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 means that the passing of the British Crown will no longer depend on gender. In practice this means that if William and Kate's firstborn is girl, she will become queen, even if she subsequently has younger brothers.
We have to note in passing that the rules regarding royal succession have been continuously re-written. For example, both Henry IV's when deposing Richard II, and Henry VII when defeating Richard III in battle, had to twist the current rules of succession to justify their being crowned king. Not to mention the turmoil during and following the reign of Henry VIII, and more recently the abdication of Edward VIII.
We cannot help wondering if the new royal baby will be given the name of a previous monarch, or whether William and Kate will break with tradition and call their child Michael, Katherine, or another name not previously used by a British monarch.
Home secretaries used to attend royal births. The custom was ended in 1948 ahead of the birth of Prince Charles. Thus the Archbishop of Canterbury won't attend this royal birth, as was the custom in the past.
Forty two eminent public figures were called in to verify the birth of King James II's son, James Francis Edward, in 1688 at St James's Palace. People doubted that the King's wife Mary of Modena was actually pregnant and, once she went into labour, there were rumours spread by cheap broadsheets that the baby had been smuggled into the bedchamber in a warming pan, or that it had been sneaked into the bed through a secret door in the bedhead.
The birth of Princess Margaret in 1930 was two weeks later than planned. The Home Secretary, JR Clynes, had to remain in Scotland while he waited to witness the birth at Glamis Castle. When the baby was finally on its way, Clynes was already ready for bed, but had to rush to the castle for the birth.
A surname will not necessarily be required, as the new baby will have the title HRH Prince or Princess. However, if Kate and William want to include a surname, there are three choices available -
Mountbatten-Windsor, the combined names of the Queen and Prince Phillip. (George V adopted Windsor in 1917 – after the castle – instead of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha due to anti-German feeling during The Great War.)
Cambridge, the title given to the couple on their marriage. The news will be posted on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace rather than attached to the railings (the usual custom). The foolscap-sized note, bearing the Palace letterhead and signed by key medical staff, will be the UK's first chance to find out if it is a boy or a girl. The Queen, senior members of the royal family, and the Middleton family - if they are not at the hospital - will be told about the birth first.
After the note is displayed, an announcement will be posted on Twitter and Facebook, and the media will be informed.
Prince William is taking two weeks' paid paternity leave. He will then return to his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
Price Philip and Prince Charles' Birth
Prince Phillip was playing squash when Charles was born.
The Royal birth will be celebrated with a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The basic royal salute is 21 rounds, but because it will be conducted in Green Park, a royal park, an extra 20 rounds are fired. At the Tower of London, 62 rounds will be fired - the basic 21, 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace and 21 for the "City of London". Union jacks will also be flown from all Government buildings, Royal Naval ships, and defence establishments.
The birth will take place in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London, England. This might seem obvious but Prince William was actually the first would be king to have a hospital birth.
It is not yet known where the royal baby will be christened. (Prince William - like his father the Prince of Wales - was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace). The robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was made for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter. It has subsequently been used for several generations of Royal christenings. The current Queen wore it, her children all wore it and so have all but one of her grandchildren - including Princes William and Harry.
Kate, young single lady visits the local dating agency and explains, 'I'm looking for a husband. Can you please help me to find a suitable one?'
The dating receptionist needs to find out some details so she asks, 'What are your requirements, please?'
'Well, let me see.' Kate says, 'He needs to be fine looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hours, if I don't go out. Telling me interesting stories when I need companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.'
The receptionist listens politely and carefully and responds, 'I understand. You need a television.'
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A portrait by food artist Prudence Staite, commissioned by Crown Carveries, of Prince William and Kate Middleton made from typical foods found on a carvery.
The picture took about four hours to make using typical ingredients found at a Crown Carvery including turkey, gammon, beef, carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.
William and Kate
St Andrews University Has Created a Scholarship in the Couple's Honour
Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton have visited the university where they met, and said it felt 'like coming home'.
The couple, whose romance blossomed when they studied in the Fife town, returned for the university's 600th anniversary celebrations.
Hundreds of people were at the university to see their first official engagement in Scotland.
Addressing students, university staff, and alumni, Prince William said, 'This is a very special moment for Catherine and me. It feels like coming home. Despite being one of Europe's leading research institutions, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and of course, far and away the best university in the world, St Andrews has that uncanny knack of feeling like home.'
Prince William and Kate Middleton each graduated from the university in 2005.
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