The Duchess of Cambridge is ready to welcome her new baby next month, and even though this is her third time delivering, the royal family has a set of customs they follow when any baby is born. This is the way it’s supposed to go down:
- The Queen has to be the first to know - Her Royal Highness must be the first to be hear the news that a child has been born to the royal family, before the news is announced to the public. Rumor has it Prince William called his grandmother on an encrypted phone when Prince George was born.
- The town crier announces the news to the public - Town crier Tony Appleton gave the good news of the births of both George andPrincess Charlotte. The tradition goes back to medieval times when people couldn’t read or write.
- Home births are preferred - Following tradition, the Queen delivered all of her children at Buckingham Palace. Princess Diana broke the rule and had sons Prince Harry and Prince William at the hospital and Kate had her first two at the hospital as well, but she’s expected to deliver her third child at home in Kensington Palace.
- Dads were banned from the birthing room - Giving birth was considered a women-only event, so dads weren’t welcome in the delivery room. But this rule is thought to have been relaxed after Prince Charleswas born.
- Midwives are sworn to secrecy – The women who actually deliver the baby are forbidden from sharing any information about the royal birth. Some things should remain private, after all.