3 Lesser-Known Royal Birth Rules Kate Middleton Has to Follow

Sophie Miura

It comes as little surprise that the British royal family follows a long list of protocol, but a report by The Sun reveals the extent to which they must follow tradition. When a new member of the Windsor family is born, the palace and new parents must follow a strict order of process—everything from the birth location to the first person notified about the baby is dictated by tradition. With Kate Middleton, Her Royal Highness the Dutchess of Cambridge, poised to give birth to her third child in April, these are just a few of the rules she'll be expected to honour:

The queen must be the first to know

As the head of the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II must be the first person notified when a royal child is born. According to The Sun, Prince William rang his grandmother on an encrypted phone when their first child, Prince George, was born. 

Fathers are banned from the birthing room

Traditionally, men are banned from the birthing room which is considered a female-only place. However, Prince William broke protocol in 2013 when he insisted on being present at the birth of Prince George and since then, it's believed the rules have been relaxed. Those present at the birth are sworn to secrecy, including midwives. 

A town crier announces the news

While many royal birthing traditions have changed over the last few decades, one custom remains from medieval times. According to The Sun, a town crier must announce the news of a royal baby to the public. Traditionally, this was done to notify the British people as many could not read or write. Modern-day town crier Tony Appleton announced the births of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

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