Royal Baby No. 3: Kate Middleton and Prince William’s New Child Has This Title
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new baby, Prince Louis, was born on Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 — and the whole world became obsessed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are parents to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who is nearly 3.
Now that they’ve welcomed Baby No. 3, they have yet another child in line for the throne. Here are all the details we know about the new prince, including his official title (page 5).
1. Kensington Palace announced the details of his birth
The official Twitter account for Kensington Palace broke the news that Middleton gave birth to the new royal baby. The tweet shared, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”
The account also confirmed, “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
Next: Here’s why he’s technically a commoner.
2. He was technically born as a commoner
Middleton and William’s third child may be royal, but technically, he was born as a commoner. According to Historian Marlene Koenig, “It sounds complicated, but in the UK, the only people who are not commoners are the Sovereign and peers of the realm, [people with titles like] Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron.”
That means even Prince Harry is technically a commoner — until he earned the “duke” title by marrying Meghan Markle.
Next: He was born on this special day.
3. He was born on St. George’s Day
Royal baby No. 3 was actually born on a significant holiday for his country. England celebrates St. George’s Day on Apr. 23, which is “the feast day of St. George, the patron saint of England,” according to People.
St. George was named “the protector of the royal family and the patron saint of the country during the Middle Ages.” He was believed to have been a soldier who was tortured as he refused to deny his Christian faith.
Next: This is where he stands in line for the throne.
4. He’s fifth in line for the throne
The new prince took Harry’s place as fifth in line for the throne. Thanks to a new law change in 2013, Princess Charlotte stayed fourth in line, ahead of her new younger brother.
According to BBC, “Previously, younger royal males would have taken precedence over older female siblings.”
Next: This is what his formal title will be.
5. He received a formal title
The royal baby’s formal title is a long one: His Royal Highness Prince Louis of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
According to The Sun, the royal baby also received the title, His Highness Louis of Cambridge. Marlene Koenig explained his second title was given due to his parents’ statuses as duke and duchess.
Next: Fans and public figures alike celebrated.
6. The royal family received an outpouring of love on social media
As soon as the news broke of baby No. 3’s arrival, the royal family received an outpouring of love on social media. From fans of the royal family to political figures, everyone joined together to celebrate this special day.
British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted, “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy. I wish them great happiness for the future.”
Even the London Eye’s Twitter account sent their love. “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of a baby boy! We will be turning a Royal shade of red, white and blue this evening in honour of the exciting news.”
7. His first official photos are adorable
The palace shared official portraits of Prince Louis, seen above with his big sister Charlotte, just days after he was born on social media. The photos are not only adorable, but they capture the special relationship that’s already forming between the siblings. Charlotte is reportedly thrilled to have a baby brother.
8. He’s already a good sleeper — supposedly
At an Anzac Day service, Prince Williams told the press, “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good.” However, many people noticed William nodding off during the service, so he may just be putting on a brave face as he and Kate adjust to another newborn.
9. Baby Louis didn’t attend his uncle’s wedding
Another major royal event occurred shortly after Louis’ birth: his uncle Prince Harry’s wedding to new royal. Meghan Markle. Though some wondered if the baby would attend, the royals chose to keep the young child at home and away from the chaos of the big day.
However, his two older siblings played an important part in the wedding. Prince George was a pageboy, while Princess Charlotte served as one of Markle’s young bridesmaids.
10. The history behind the name Louis
William and Kate’s biggest inspiration for the name Louis comes from Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle. Fulfilling a paternal role for young Philip, the British naval officer ensured Philip got a good education and even introduced him to Queen Elizabeth.
Mountbatten also mentored Prince Charles, who said, “I admire him almost more than anybody else I know.” In 1979, Mountbatten died in a boating accident. He was 79 years old.
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