Queen Elizabeth II seems to be on the edge of her seat awaiting the royal birth, much like the rest of Britain and the world. On a trip to Lake Windermere recently, a 10-year-old student asked Queen Elizabeth II whether she would like for the royal child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be a girl or a boy. She answered the young student, Fay Batey, “I don’t think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday,” reports BBC. More photos from her visit can be seen below.
- It seems that a large number of expectant mothers in the U.K. are postponing naming their children in order to await the royal birth. Many intend to name their children the same name as the heir to the British throne, mentions E! Online. In England, parents may wait up to six weeks after the birth of their child to officially name the baby.
- Prince Charles is expected to be an involved and enthusiastic grandfather, discusses Today. He has often spoken about what a “magical grandmother” the Duchess of York was to him throughout his lifetime, and it seems he hopes to be just as present in his grandchild’s life as both his grandmother was to him and Queen Elizabeth II is to her grandchildren.
- Were you aware that titled members of the royal family do not have surnames? Or perhaps that Queen Victoria was the first royal to use anesthesia in childbirth? Expand your knowledge on both of those facts as well as others in CNN’s article “Royal Babies: 5 Things You Didn’t Know.”
- US Weekly has a guide to Queen Elizabeth II’s children and grandchildren, for those of us who have a bit of trouble keeping up with the connections of the royal family tree. They also take a look at the baby photos of many of those relations.
- CNN looks at how a female royal child might modernize the monarchy, particularly in light of the recent legislation which has removed the tradition of male primogeniture. They also discuss the popularity of the few Queens in the past thousand years of the English monarchy, especially Queen Elizabeth II.