The world is celebrating with the Royal Family as they welcome their new baby to the world. With the birth of Prince Harry and Ms. Megan Markle's baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the world is reminded that the Royal Family does things a bit differently than the rest of us. Following traditions that have been around for centuries, this family consistently preserves the past while bringing in the future.
#1. Gender Unknown
Plenty of couples choose not to find out what the gender of their newborn is until they’re born, and royal families are no different. Prince William and Kate Middleton didn’t reveal the gender of any of their children, and it's believed that the decision was of their own doing. Most of the time, though, the public never finds about the gender until the birth of the royal baby has been announced.
#2. First to Know
When a royal baby is born into the world, there is one person who is supposed to know before anyone else can be told. The Windsor matriarch Queen Elizabeth II is told about the birth of a new royal baby before anyone else, including the baby’s grandparents. According to several different sources, Prince William used an encrypted cell phone to call his grandmother to inform her that Prince George had been born. Once the Queen is told, then the parents can inform their family and friends.
#3. Official Announcement
These days, it’s common for new families to place an announcement of the birth on social media. While “normal” people just write a line or two for a Facebook post, royal families have to do a bit more. The first thing they do is notify the press as soon as the mother goes into labor, and once again when the baby is born. An official printed announcement is also placed on a fancy easel outside of Buckingham Palace with the details of the baby’s weight, name, and birth date.
#4. The Post-Birth Photo
While most families take post-birth pictures, the royal family goes above and beyond. As we said before, new royal mothers typically make their first appearance just hours after the baby is born. It goes without saying that a lot of planning goes into what the royal mother will wear for the first pictures. After George was born, Kate Middleton decided to pay respects to Princess Diane by wearing a polka-dot dress, which is what Princess Diana wore after she gave birth to Prince William. The Duchess of Sussex bucked the long tradition by declining to present the newborn's photo to the media immediately after birth. Instead, the proud father made the exciting announcement to the world of his son's birth.
#5. An Immediate Debut
While most women are a hot mess after they’re done delivering a baby, royal mamas aren’t so lucky. Soon after a royal mother delivers, they’re expected to be dressed and glammed up to pose outside on the hospital steps for pictures. This is when the world gets to see the royal newborn for the very first time.