George and Charlotte’s Christmas present?

Rumour has it (well the Scottish Daily Mail at any rate!) that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be receiving a beautiful hand-crafted see-saw for Christmas.

The solid oak see-saw, made by Kent-based craftsmen Stevenson Brothers has a beautiful horses head by each seat, and is inscribed with the names ‘George’ and ‘Charlotte’.


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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to visit India

Kensington Palace has today announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting India on a state visit, at the request of HM’s Government, in the spring of 2016.

It will be the first time that William and Catherine have visited the country, and as yet there is no indication as to whether George or Charlotte will be accompanying their parents. The official announcement from Kensington Palace said that further details will be released early next year, and that #RoyalVisitIndia on Twitter will be tha place to find the information!

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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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