The Queen’s granddaughter shared the very first image of the newborn on Instagram, where she captioned the black-and-white picture of her and Brooksbank holding the baby’s hand with 3 blue hearts.
The photo, a break from tradition, as the very first appearance of a brand-new royal is typically an official affair, came as the birth was likewise shared in a declaration from Buckingham Palace.
While the royal decided to share the very first photo of the couple’s son herself, it is likely that Princess Eugenie will follow other unusual post-birth customs kept by the royal family.
From revealing the birth by means of an easel outside Buckingham Palace to royal babies wearing the exact same christening gown, here’s a list of the most strange royal birth customs.
Royal children are provided by a royal gynaecologist
According to tradition, a royal child is provided with the help of a minimum of one royal physician.
The existing royal surgeon-gynaecologist is Alan Farthing, while the royals’ specialist obstetrician is Man Thorpe-Beeston.
Both doctor helped deliver the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Sir Marcus Setchell, who was Queen Elizabeth II’s surgeon-gynaecologist and who delivered Prince George, has given that retired.
In his only interview about Prince George’s birth, Sir Marcus described the midwifery group as “perfectly fantastic”.
During an interview on Female’s Hour’ BBC Radio 4, the gynaecologist added: “You just keep advising yourself that although it’s really essential, for the couple and the about-to-be-born baby, it’s just another healthy young couple giving birth to an ideally extremely healthy infant.
” And I constantly advised myself of that so that the pressures of the hundreds of media people outside the health center didn’t impact me, at least not more than minimally.”
According to Buckingham Palace, Princess Eugenie gave birth at The Portland Hospital, where Meghan Markle brought to life her and Prince Harry’s boy Archie.
The parents don’t constantly have custody of their kids
A law enacted more than 3 centuries earlier implies that the sovereign has complete legal custody of their minor grandchildren.
The law, called “The Grand Viewpoint for the Prerogative Concerning the Royal Household,” was presented by King George I in 1717.
” George I did not agree his son, the future George II,” explains royal specialist Marlene Koenig formerly to The Independent.
” I believe it happened when the Prince of Wales [George II] did not want to have the godparent for his boy that his dad desired – so George I got Parliament to come up with something.”
An annual register published in 1772 states that the then King had the care of the royal children and grandchildren, and the presumptive heir to the crown.
However, while law determines that the Queen legally has custody of her small grandchildren, Koenig doesn’t think she would ever act on the right.
” I would doubt that the Queen would interfere. [It’s] more of a procedure,” she says.
” I believe the Queen has let her kids raise their kids.”
The birth announcement is displayed on an easel
A royal birth is generally revealed through a publication put on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
The framed typewritten bulletin, which is commonly highlighted of the Privy Purse door after it is driven to the palace by car from the birth, is signed by the medical group which attends the royal birth.
It includes information as to the child’s gender, time of birth, in addition to a status confirming the health of the mom and kid.
Following royal births at the Lindo Wing in recent decades, it has actually also become tradition for the new moms and dads to present their child on the steps of the health center ward’s entryway.
Royal babies are covered in a G.H. Hurt & Sons blanket
For their very first look to the world, royal kids are traditionally covered in a blanket made by Nottingham-based knitwear company G.H. Hurt & Sons.
Prince Charles was the first royal to be bundled in a blanket by the company following his birth back in 1948.
In 2013, Prince George was wrapped in one of the company’s ivory white merino wool shawl and Princess Charlotte was bundled in a scalloped edge wrap in 2015.
Prince Louis, on the other hand, was covered in the business’s ‘Nottingham Lace Knitted Baby Shawl’ following his birth.
The name isn’t announced for days
Following a look outside the Lindo Wing, it has actually become common practice amongst the royal household not to launch the child’s name for numerous days.
After Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born, the public waited 2 days prior to learning their particular names.
However, it was another 3 days prior to Prince Louis’ name was announced on 27 April to the world.
Currently, Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank have not shared their boy’s name.
The child will use a special christening gown
It is traditional for the royals to pass down a christening bathrobe for the most recent family member to use at their christening.
For George, Charlotte and Louis’ christenings, the trio each used a reproduction of an initial bathrobe made in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s eldest child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa.
The original dress was made from white silk with a handcrafted lace overlay and was used by 62 royal babies throughout its 163 years of royal service. It was hand-washed with spring water after each christening ceremony and kept in a dark space up until its next use.
George VI and the Queen used the white lace gown, as did Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry. The last royal to use the original gown was Girl Louise Windsor, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s child, in 2004.
Prince George ended up being the fourth royal child to be christening in the gown, which was supposedly reproduced with the assistance of the Queen’s individual closet consultant, Angela Kelly, in 2011
Zara Tindall’s 2nd child, Lena, was the most current royal to use the dress at her St Nicholas Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.
Gun salutes follow the birth statement
It is popular for a birth statement to be followed by a royal gun salute.
Following Princess Charlotte’s birth, volleys were fired by soldiers in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to honour her arrival at 08:34 BST on 2 May.
At 14:00 BST, soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Weapons rode out in a procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, to fire 41 shots.
The Honourable Artillery Business likewise fired a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
Royal babies do not instantly get royal titles
Like other royal babies, the couple’s first child will not have a royal title unless approved by the Queen.
A Letters Patent gone by King George V in 1917 checks out:
” … the grandchildren of the children of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save just the eldest living son of the eldest kid of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the design and title taken pleasure in by the kids of Dukes of these Our Realms.”
As Mr Brooksbank is thought about a citizen and does not have a title, nor was he given one upon the couple’s marital relationship, their child will not have a title unless the Queen decides to bestow one on the infant, who will be 11th in line to the throne.
The Queen formerly released a Letters Patent for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children.
In December 2012, the Queen issued a Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the World declaring “all the children of the oldest boy of the Prince of Wales need to have and delight in the design, title and characteristic of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their First names or with such other titles of honour”.