Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William have welcomed their third child, a son, into the royal family and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The baby brother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte was born April 23rd weighing in at 8lbs and 7oz.
Since everyone is already so excited, well wishes and gifts are already pouring in for the littlest royal who is sure to be showered with stuffed animals and baby toys galore. However, what will the prince and the duchess do with all of the gifts?
There were rumors on Sunday, April 22 that Duchess Kate was in labor, and it appears that the rumors were correct. On Monday, April 23, Kensington Palace announced,
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 Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
The royal couple is expected to take their baby home soon.
Next: His Royal Highness Arthur or Edward
What about a name?
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the new baby boy will be called Louis Arthur Charles. The name is reportedly inspired by Prince Charles’ beloved great-uncle, Louis Mountbatten, who was killed in an Irish Republican Army bombing in 1979.
The name also pays tribute to his father, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, and grandfather Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.
Next: A tiny wedding guest?
The littlest wedding guest
Baby boy royal has made his debut just weeks before his uncle, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel. Unfortunately, we doubt he will be a the festivities with a ton of people and their germs.
Luckily, Duchess Kate should be able to attend.
Next: Fifth in line
Never a king
Though the new baby is a boy, like his red-headed uncle, he will almost certainly never be King of England. Prince William and Duchess Kate’s youngest child won’t be able to skip over his older sister, Princess Charlotte, when it comes to the line of succession.
According to The Huffington Post, in 2013, the queen decided to change the sexist system with the Succession of the Crown Act, which essentially replaced male primogeniture with absolute primogeniture.
FYI, primogeniture is the first born child.
Next: A mountain of toys
Hundreds of thousands of gifts
When Prince George was born in 2013, Kensington Palace received an astounding amount of gifts from leaders, monarchs, businesses, groups, and everyday citizens. During his first year of life, the prince was gifted a grand total of 706 presents.
However, Prince William still holds the record, raking in more than 4,200 gifts after his birth. It pays to be royal.
Next: A royal policy
Not fit for royal hands
Though people from across the globe spend their time and money picking out gifts for the royal babies, the royals unfortunately aren’t able to accept any of the toys and presents for safety reasons and other protocols.
According to Express U.K., “The Royal Family does not accept unsolicited gifts, and therefore the children cannot play with them. Gifts are instead cataloged and packed away for storage, or occasionally given to charities and hospitals.”
At least someone is benefiting from them.
Next: Avoiding the drama
Issues and drama
It seems most practical to give the toys away to charity as to not accidentally insult anyone who as kind enough to think of the new royal baby boy.
Queen Elizabeth’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, gave further insight on the issue when he told Express U.K., “It’s just a common practice in the Royal household that they do not accept unsolicited gifts because there are just so many repercussions.”
Congrats to Duchess Kate and Prince William on their new addition.
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