The Bizarre Royal Parenting Rules Prince William and Kate Middleton Have to Follow

As the poster duo for the modern couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton have broken many royal rules. But when it comes to raising their children, there are certain rules that they just don’t break. Here are some of the royal rules that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have to follow — no matter how crazy they are.

Family game night can’t include Monopoly

Monopoly board game.

Family game nights can’t include this old favorite. | Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Like all little kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte surely like playing games. But there’s one game that William and Kate cannot let their children play: Monopoly. In fact, nobody in the royal family is allowed to play the board game. Little is known about why the family can’t play it, other than a comment that it reportedly gets “too vicious.”

Princess Charlotte can’t wear a tiara (until she’s married)

Queen Elizabeth II wearing a tiara and sash.

Tiaras are only for special occasions. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Princess Charlotte gets dressed up very nice. But you won’t be seeing this pretty little princess wearing a tiara, no matter how much she may ask her mum. That’s because only married royals are allowed to wear tiaras, and that is reserved for social events.

George and William can’t ride in a car together

Prince William inside a car.

Prince William often breaks this rule. | Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

Since Prince George is an heir to the throne, he and his father Prince William are not allowed to travel together. (Royal rule stipulates that heirs can’t travel together in case there is an accident.) While William has already broken this rule by flying with his son since he was only a couple years old, they will have to start traveling separately once George turns 12.

Stiff processional rules

Queen Elizabeth holding out her hand.

Order is a very important thing. | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

There are many things that Prince William and Kate Middleton have to teach their children about growing up royal. One of the most important things the young prince and princess have to learn is the procession line at events. Queen Elizabeth always leads the procession, followed by all the heirs in order.

They must be baptized in a special vessel

This is a closeup of Duchess Kate Middleton is holding Princess Charlotte.

Kate Middleton often puts a twist on old traditions. | Stephen Lock/Pool/Getty Images

The baptism of the children is an important part of the royal family. And while Prince William and Kate Middleton switched up tradition by making Princess Charlotte’s baptism viewable to the public, they did most of the event by the book. Like the vessel she was baptized in, which has been used in almost every royal christening since 1841.

They have to go to Sandringham for Christmas

Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their children Charlotte and George walk together in winter clothing.

They visit many different family members on the holidays. | Andrew Matthews/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The holidays are a big deal in the royal family, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are bringing up their children to be part of that tradition. While they have broken protocol and spent parts of holidays with Kate’s family, Prince George and Princess Charlotte still spend plenty of time with the Queen and the rest of the family at¬†Sandringham for Christmas.

The kids must have a ‘proper’ education

Kate Middleton holds Prince George and Prince William holds a butterfly in his hand.

Prince George has quite a bit in store for him. | John Stillwell/PA Wire

William and Kate continue the tradition of the royal children getting a proper education. Sure, Prince George is starting a new trend by attending public school. But we wouldn’t be surprised if he is brought up to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the military after finishing up his schooling.

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