Princess Charlotte’s birth is registered

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have today formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte.

William signed the birth register at Kensington Palace this afternoon, witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office. I love under ‘occupation’ Charlotte’s parents are described as ‘Prince of the United Kingdom’ and ‘Princess of the United Kingdom’!

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Royal baby named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Their daughter’s full title will be “Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge” and the newest addition to the British royal family will sit 4th in line to the throne.
Charlotte is the female equivalent of the Princess’s paternal grandfather Prince Charles and also the middle name of her aunt, Pippa Middleton.

Previous royal Charlottes include the wife of King George III, pictured left(although born Sophie, she took the title Queen Charlotte), and also the daughter of that marriage, the then Princess Royal.

Charlotte was the name of the daughter of KIng George IV and his consort, Caroline of Brunswick. Unfortunately this Charlotte predeceased her father and therefore didn’t become queen.

William and Kate have chosen family middle names of Elizabeth and Diana for their daughter. Elizabeth is Kate’s mddle name and of course the name of The Queen, the Duke’s grandmother. Diana was the name of William’s late mother, the Princess of Wales.

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It’s a girl!

Congratulations Catherine and William!

The British Monarchy Facebook page has announced that The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of her first daughter this morning.

If you are welcoming any new additions to your family today the Royal Social Media pages would love to hear from you. Post a picture to the Twitter account @KensingtonRoyal ( or Instagram at KensingtonRoyal (, using the hashtag ‪#‎WelcomeToTheFamily‬ and  your post could be included in their social media blog on Storify!

So what will the new Princess be called, we wonder?!

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Lucky silver penny for lucky parents.

To celebrate the birth of the second child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Mint will be giving all babies born in the UK on the same day a Lucky Silver Penny.

You may remember that a lucky silver penny was also given out to all UK families who had a baby born on the same day as Prince George in 2013. As was the case then, new parents will have to apply for the silver penny through the Royal Mint Facebook page when the royal baby has been born. So if you know someone due soon, let them know!


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We realised back in July 2013 following the birth of Prince George how modern and up-to-date the monarchy now is, when on the day The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the birth of their son, the official Twitter feed for Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse ) asked their Twitter followers to ’tweet’ if they welcomed any new arrivals that same day, by using the hashtag #WelcometotheWorld.

News reaches us here at the A Royal Baby blog, that the birth of Royal Baby number two will be announced on Twitter first! This seems such a dramatic break with the tradition of announcing the birth of a royal baby on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, but may well be a case of the Monarchy coping admirably with the reality of today’s ’24/7-news-anytime-anywhere’ culture!

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A double celebration?

News reports suggest that security has been heightened at the Lindo wing of the St Mary’s hospital in Paddington where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth any day now.

Catherine will be under the care of a medical team led by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the Royal Household, and Alan Farthing, surgeon-gynaecologist to the Queen, so no doubt these gentlemen will be on ‘standby’ as we speak!

If Royal Baby number two should arrive tommorow, Wednesday the 29th of April is William and Kate’s 4th wedding Anniversary- a double celebration!

Royal Wedding Street Party!

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Royal baby name speculation

With the Duchess of Cambridge due to give birth to her second child any day now, once again speculation has turned to the subject of baby names.

There seems to be much more focus on baby girl names this time round, and in a recent a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, ‘Diana’ has emerged as the most popular name if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a girl. 12% of those polled think naming Royal Baby number 2 after her paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales, would be the best choice.

In survey of 2,200 adults, Alice and Charlotte were the next most popular options, with both names attracting the support of 9%.

Personally, I don’t think Diana will be considered as a first name by William and Catherine, although I think it will be high on the list of middle names for a girl. Given the sometimes troubled relationship between William’s parents, Princess Diana’s tragically early death, and Prince Charles’s subsequent remarriage to Camilla, the name may prove to be too controversial a choice.

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Happy Birthday Catherine!

Here at A Royal Baby Blog we would like to wish our  favourite Mum-to-be a very happy 33rd birthday!

The Clarence House twitter account tweeted their best wishes to the Duchess of Cambridge, and posted a picture of Kate as a child, and a rather more recent picture.

The Duchess, who is expecting her second child later this year, is believed to be having a nice, quiet, relaxing birthday with Prince William and Prince George at their home Anmer Hall, within the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.


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Start spreading the news; William and Kate are in a New York state of mind

It’s great to hear that Catherine seems to have fully recovered from her hyperemesis gravidarum, as it has been announced by Clarence House that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the United States of America between 7th and 9th December 2014.

William and Kate will travel to New York for a programme of engagements on behalf of the Royal Foundation and other charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are closely associated, and also on behalf of HM Government.

The charitable themes will include promoting sustainable conservation issues, and also supporting organisations which reflect Their Royal Highnesses’ interest in young people.

On behalf of the UK Government, The Duke and Duchess will attend events celebrating the successful partnerships between the UK and USA in the technology and creative industries sectors.

While in New York, William and Catherine will visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.

The couple won’t be together for the full trip, however, as on Monday 8th December, The Duke will travel to Washington DC, while The Duchess remains in New York.

The Duchess of Cambridge will ‘go solo’ and carry out two engagements in New York, visiting a local child development centre and attending a lunch to celebrate the achievements of a successful British community in New York from the culture, arts, hospitality and business sectors.

For a bit of light relief- and we know that William and Kate enjoy watching sport- on Monday evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an NBA Basketball game to help launch a new collaboration between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.

The final engagement of the visit will be the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Kate returns to royal duties.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge returned to Royal duties today. The Duke and Duchess greeted the President of Singapore and his wife, Mary (who are visiting the UK on a 4-day State Visit) at the Royal Garden Hotel, which is situated a few yards from Kensington Palace.

There followed a 20 minute ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade, at the end of which William and Kate travelled in the Scottish State Coach back to Buckingham Palace — the first time that the couple had travelled in the carriage procession for a state visit. As the Duchess has been suffering from extreme morning sickness -hyperemesis gravidarum – this part of Catherine’s duty was in some doubt, so it’s great that she was well enough to take on a bumpy carriage ride- even if it was a regal carriage.

Kate did not attend the private lunch held for the president at the Palace, I suspect Prawn Cocktail and Black Forest Gateau may have been pushing her recovery!

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