The general public doesn’t have an inkling as to what Kate Middleton and Prince William are going to name their child. In fact, people don’t even know if the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with a boy or a girl, but the world was given some information regarding the royal baby on Monday.
What's in a name anyway? It's the title that really matters.
According to Us Weekly, he or she will carry a pretty impressive title. "The royal couple's child will officially be known as His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge," a rep for Kensington Palace told Us Weekly about the royal baby.
This announcement coincides with Queen Elizabeth II’s proclamation that her grandson’s daughter or son would be a prince or princess. This goes against a century-old decree from Elizabeth’s grandfather King George V, which stated that even first-born daughters would be referred to “ladies” instead of “princesses.” Sons, as always, will be called “princes.”
"The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title, and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honor," the palace said in a statement in the beginning of the year.
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It’s not that Middleton and Prince William don’t want to share the name they have chosen for their bundle of joy, according to a palace aide who spoke to Us Weekly, the couple has not picked it yet. "The couple have yet to decide on a name and probably won't until the day of the birth," the insider told the celebrity magazine.
Unfortunately for those who are eagerly waiting to find out the name of the child, his or her birth will not necessarily also bring the name of the child. According to Us Weekly, Prince Charles and Princess Diana took a full week to name William after he was born. Even worse, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip spent a month deciding what Charles should be called.