Passing down a last name from one generation to the next is a common practice for most families, but when it comes to the British royal family, their rules and traditions encourage them to go with formal titles instead of a surname. However, with baby number three on the way for Prince William and Kate Middleton, fans are curious if the newest royal will adopt the last name that descendants of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip use on certain occasions – Mountbatten-Windsor.
According to Town & Country Magazine, Royal historian and writer of the Royal Musings blog, Marlene Eilers Koenig, says that the new baby will not have a last name.
“The name on the birth certificate will say HRH Prince or Princess, and all three names of Cambridge,” says Koenig.
HRH stands for His or Her Royal Highness, and the three names of Cambridge is a reference to the three first names that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give to their new baby. Prince George’s three first names are George Alexander Louis, and Princess Charlotte’s are Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
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The British royals do use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor on occasion because Mountbatten is Prince Philip’s last name, and Queen Elizabeth’s father George V took on Windsor as the official family name back in 1917.
Originally, George V belonged to the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dynasty, but he changed the family name to Windsor because of the tensions between Great Britain and Germany during World War I, and he believed the name sounded too German.
The palace has not released a specific due date for the Duchess of Cambridge and has only confirmed that she is set to give birth in the month of April. But, Royal correspondent Emily Andrews claims that Middleton is due on April 23rd.
However, both Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived late, which means baby number three might not arrive until the very end of the month.
Rumors have recently swirled that the Duchess was opting for a home birth this time around, but activity at the private maternity unit at St. Mary’s Hospital confirms that she will give birth in the Lindo Wing of the hospital once again.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year. The photograph shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children at Kensington Palace. It was taken earlier this year by @chrisjacksongetty Their Royal Highnesses have also announced this morning that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018. The Willcocks Nursery School has said: "We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January."
Starting April 11th, media outlets will be able to set up outside the hospital to begin the baby watch.
When the time comes, Middleton will travel in a discreet car – and with a full security detail – who will drop her off at the hospital’s side entrance.
Royal women traditionally give birth at home for guaranteed privacy, but Princess Diana broke with tradition and gave birth to William and Harry in the hospital, and Middleton has followed suit.
Kate Middleton is officially on maternity leave, while Prince William has a few more public engagements while we wait for the prince or princess to arrive.