The Royal family has its own set of traditions.
All Cure All the Time reported that the Duchess of Cambridge is bound to follow these five ‘rules’ when she welcomes her third child.
The birth of a child is an emotional event in the lives of the parents. A new life brings joy to the family.
However, when the child is a celebrity even before it is born, there is a lot of curiosity surrounding the birth. To add to that, if the child is an heir to the British Crown, a lot more adjectives are attached to the occasion.
When a member of the Royal family gives birth to a potential future monarch, they are bound to a set of rules, traditions, and protocols. These rules overrule any personal preference.
The new mother has to follow certain traditions which have been written in stone for generations.
The traditions take precedence over everything else including where the child will be born, how the arrival will be announced and so on.
There is also a rule about who will first see the newborn and where the father belongs during the birthing process.
Here are five rules that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, will have to follow when her third child makes his/her debut in April.
Tradition dictates that the Queen give birth to all her children in Buckingham Palace.
Princess Diana broke this particular rule and gave birth to sons Prince William and Prince Harry at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital in the private Lindo Wing.
Kate too had her first two children at the same hospital. However, it is said that she would be delivering her third baby at home in Kensington Palace.
The first to know
The first person to know about the birth of a new member of the Royal Family is Queen Elizabeth. When Prince George, William and Kate’s first child, was born, his father rang his grandmother on an encrypted phone.
The announcements have always been on an easel outside Buckingham Palace. The Duke and the Duchess broke this protocol and announced their first child’s birth on Twitter.
Announcement to the public
The general public is let in on the news of the birth through the town crier. Tony Appleton was the man to announce the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The custom dates back to medieval times when the general public could not read or write.
Fathers not allowed
Until recently, giving birth was considered a female-only event and the fathers were not allowed in the delivery room.
However, the rule was relaxed after the birth of Prince Charles.
The role of midwives
The midwives are sworn to secrecy and are not allowed to disclose any information about the birth. Reports suggested that Kate had three midwives with her during the birth of Princess Charlotte.