Kate Middleton and Prince William are about to welcome another baby to the royal family. As per usual, the newest addition to the family will be granted a royal title at birth. But what will the world call William and Middleton’s third child?
According to Town and Country, William and Middleton’s baby will receive a long title that will incorporate his or her first name.
For example, if the couple has a boy and names him Steve (an unlikely name for a royal), then his official title would be His Royal Highness Prince Steve of the United Kingdom. If the baby is a girl and they name her Mary, then Prince Steve becomes Princess Mary in the title.
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While this title is a mouthful, it’s not the only one that will be bestowed on the little one. If we go by the previous examples, their boy would also be known as His Royal Highness Prince Steve of Cambridge while the girl would go by Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of Cambridge.
The Cambridge part is inserted because William and Middleton are referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Royal titles aside, Middleton and William’s third baby will technically be a commoner until he or she receives a different title. In the U.K., the only individuals not considered common are Her Majesty (or His Majesty) and anyone who carries a high ranking title, such as Duke, Earl, Marquess, Baron or Viscount.
By these rules, Prince William is not called a commoner while his brother, Prince Harry, is a commoner. Harry’s status could always change, of course, but only if Queen Elizabeth bestows upon him a higher title, which could happen at his upcoming wedding with Suits star Meghan Markle.
Middleton’s third baby, meanwhile, will become fifth in line to the throne, pushing Harry one step back. Prince Charles is first in line to inherit the crown, followed by William, then his children: George, Charlotte and baby number three.
The Duchess of Cambridge is scheduled to give birth sometime in April, though an exact due date is not known. Middleton is expected to have the baby inside the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, the same facility where George and Charlotte were brought into the world.
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Like her previous pregnancies, Middleton will probably reserve one of the more lavish sweets in the wing, some of which run close to $10,000 a night. But for the royal family, they are prepared to fit the bill in the name of security.
“Security does regular sweeps of the room, then it’s resealed each time with tamper-proof tape,” an insider said of Middleton’s suite. “It’s a high-security operation. Even the crawl space above the room is checked regularly.”
The insider added that Kate Middleton and Prince William have every detail already mapped out and even have a special team in place to help with the pregnancy. Experts believe the birth will happen sometime around April 23.