He or she may not even be born yet, but Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby already has a royal title. The Royal baby will be known as, His Royal Highness [first name] of Cambridge or Her Royal Highness [first name] of Cambridge, with the titular dignity of Prince of Princess prefixed to their Christian name.
The Royal couple, Prince William and Kate, were made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by the Queen on their wedding day in 2011 as a wedding gift. Since the Dukedom was handed to the couple, their baby will be the first ever Royal to carry the title of Prince or Princess of Cambridge.
The announcement follows in line with Queen Elizabeth II’s proclamation earlier this year that changed a century old decree made by her grandfather, King George V, stating that daughters would be referred to as “ladies” rather than Princesses.
“The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patentunder 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 mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Paul Sanders has said, “It is a great honour and I’m sure the people of Cambridge will appreciate it greatly.” While his deputy, Councillor George Pippas added, “We could not have wished for a greater honour. Now we are all sitting on our hands waiting for our Prince or Princess to arrive”
The baby will be born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, the same hospital where Prince William was born, and while the expected due date isn’t thought to be until July 13, reporters, paparazzi and the like have been camped out at the hospital since early last week.