Strict Rules the Royal Family Must Follow When a Royal Baby Is Born

When a royal pregnancy is announced, royal baby fever ensues. But even during royal baby fever, the royal family has rules to follow. Discover the rules Prince William, Kate Middleton, and any other royal couple has to follow when having a baby.

Hospital staff are sworn to secrecy

Kensington Palace tweet

The hospital staff were tight-lipped about what was going on behind the scenes. | Kensington Palace via Twitter

During Princess Charlotte’s birth, a large number of hospital staff accompanied Kate Middleton in the delivery room. We suspect the birth of her third child involved another big group of doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff. All of them are sworn to secrecy about the baby.

Hint: One person must know about the baby’s birth before anyone else.

Queen Elizabeth II must be the first to know

Queen Elizabeth II enters to ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth gets that first call when big news arises. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Forget calling your parents, siblings, or any loved ones. Queen Elizabeth II must be the first person to learn of a royal baby’s birth, according to The Skimm. We’re guessing she’s at the top of Prince William’s speed dial.

Hint: Hours after giving birth, royal parents make a public appearance.

The baby is shown to the public very soon

Kate and Prince William with their new baby

It was just a few hours post-labor when Kate and Prince William showed the baby. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

Mere hours after giving birth, parents stand on the steps on St. Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing, presenting their newborn to the public for the first time. Prince William and Kate Middleton follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana by presenting their babies to the public.

Hint: Don’t expect royals to partake in this baby trend.

The baby’s gender isn’t announced beforehand

Britain's Prince William Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the airport in Berlin

The gender is always a secret until birth. | Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images

Never will the royal family throw a gender reveal party or spill the beans on social media. For the British royal family, keeping the baby’s gender a secret is protocol. They only announce the baby’s gender after birth and in their own time, usually through a press release.

Hint: The public may learn of a royal baby through this public display.

There’s a gun salute at the Tower of London

The Tower Bridge in London

You can tell just how big of a deal this is. | iStock/Getty Images

When a royal baby is born, pomp and circumstance ensues. A 62-gun salute at the Tower of London occurs every time a member of the royal family gives birth. Just in case Londoners forget a royal baby is due, they’ll be reminded when the 62-gun salute takes place, signaling the newborn’s arrival.

Hint: Buckingham Palace releases an announcement in an old school way.

An announcement is posted

Buckingham Palace and the Mall in London

An official announcement is always made. | mikeinlondon/iStock/Getty Images

One tradition will always take place when a new addition to the family is made. Per royal tradition, an official announcement will be made by Buckingham Palace. But the announcement isn’t posted on their website or Twitter page. The announced is posted on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, according to People magazine.

Hint: Kate Middleton gives birth.

Kate Middleton gives birth to third child

Kate Middleton and Prince William smiling and waving

Everyone’s ecstatic about the new royal baby boy. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

Kate Middleton has given birth to her third child, a boy, weighing eight pounds, according to People magazine. She and Prince William have already made an appearance with their new baby on the steps on the Lindo Wing with Kate Middleton wearing a red dress reminiscent of Princess Diana.

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