The Royal Baby: 13 Things You Need to Know to Be Relevant
Forget Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s baby! The summer’s biggest celebrity event just stole the spotlight away from the reality star and rapper’s new Baby North West. Yes, the royal baby was born on Monday, July 22, 2013, at a healthy 8 pounds, 6 ounces. And yes, you may have already known those details, but we know you probably don’t know all of the facts below! We’re sharing what we learned from Tuesday night’s 20/20 special, “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne,” so you can impress some coworkers at your next happy hour.
1. The royal baby’s name is... Prince George Alexander Louis!
2. And George Alexander Louis also has an (equally long) official title: His Royal Highness, Prince of Cambridge. Royal commentator Roya Nikkhah explains, "The extraordinary historical thing we knew about this baby is that we knew — before he was born — that he would be heir to the throne. That has never happened before."
3. His face will (eventually) be printed on money! British currency, which currently has Queen Elizabeth's mug featured, will eventually feature Prince Charles, and then Prince William, and then (drumroll, please) the royal baby! Crazy, right?
4. He’s a future king! Kate and William's new baby boy will be third in line to the throne, after his grandfather and his father. (The new baby kicked Prince Harry back a space, to fourth in line). There’s still a long wait, though! The royal baby might take the throne in 60 or 70 years.
5. Who will be the royal baby’s godparents? Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry, and James Middleton are believed to be the front-runners, however it is possible that the baby will have as many as six or seven godparents, as Prince William himself has six. Prince Harry is definitely up for the job: He’s said, "I've longed for kids since I was very, very young. And so I'm waiting to find the right person, someone who's willing to take on the job."
6. How much will he make for his country? The royal baby is expected to earn about $380M in souvenirs, entertainment, festivities — you get the picture. That’s a helluva lot of royal baby-emblazoned mugs!
7. How much will he be worth? Daisy Goodwin, author of My Last Duchess, says, "This baby will be one the richest person in the world — he will be super-rich." Other than a ton of cold hard cash, the royal baby will inherit castles, horses, cars, really expensive stamp collections, diamond crowns, and the list goes on and on. And, no, we're not making this up.
8. How much might the first good baby photo be worth? Frank Griffin, of paparazzi photo agency Bauer-Griffin, estimates that a paparazzo could really, really make out, "I don't think i could put a price on it. Between $10 and $50 — yeah, $50 million!"
9. When will we see the royal baby next? You will probably see the royal baby next as his royal christening, though no date has officially has been announced, but it's typically held a month after the birth.
10. How much will the Kate’s parents be involved? The Middletons are expected to be the “hands-on” grandparents. William “loves the Middletons,” says a royal expert.
11. Where will his nursery be located? The couple will probably set up nurseries around the country, but one nursery will be located at Kensington palace, where Prince William grew up.
13. Princess Diana’s legacy will no doubt be felt in the way Kate and William parent their new son. Diana is believed to have been the first mother in the royal family to have breastfed. Will Kate choose to do the same? We may never know, but a royal expert expects that she will. Diana also shocked the royal family when she chose to eschew months touring the Commonwealth without the kids. Instead, she brought 9-month-old William on an official visit to Australia, which perhaps will pave the way for Kate to bring the baby along as the couple travels on royal business. In addition, Prince William was the first heir to the throne to not be home-schooled, so it would not be unheard of if William and Kate chose to send their son outside of the palace walls for schooling.