When I was a teenager I used to mooch around Eton college like a love sick cow hoping to bump into Prince William on a Saturday afternoon. I am the same age as Kate Middleton and Prince William so find myself more intrigued with them than the older royals.
There are several reasons why this imminent arrival will make history. Firstly regardless of the infant’s gender the child will be third in line to the throne. This is due to recent legislation that would have blocked the child had it been a girl. This rule has caused problems for centuries from Matilda, to Bloody Mary, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots to name but a few that have struggled to have an easy inheritance or hold on the throne due to their sex.
The next historic circumstance surrounding the Duke and Duchess’s child is that the Home Secretary, Teresa May announced last week that she would not be percent at the royal bedside as the baby was born. Tradition was started in order to prove that no child was smuggled in bed pans or the such like. This was more important when Royal dynasties were not secure and a male heir was required. In the 21st century thankfully Kate does not have to endure that however at least if she did the current home secretary is at least a female!
Thirdly it is only fairly recently that Royal babies were born in hospital. The first was in the 1970s. The queen gave birth in BuckinghamPalace and Clarence House.
Here are some royal baby facts about our nation’s queens: Our current Queen had 4 children, Queen Victoria had 9, Queen Anne 17 Pregnancies no royal issue, Queen Elizabeth I no children as she was the Virgin Queen, “Bloody Mary” Tudor 2 phantom pregnancies and no issue.
Lastly I hope that if the child is a little girl that she is named Diana. Some how I think that would be a lovely touch. Good Luck William and Kate and baby Cambridge.