A Royal Pregnancy: 5 Facts About Life with a Royal Baby Bump
I admit that I am teensy bit obsessed with Kate Middleton. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I had a self-laminated picture of Prince William permanently displayed in my middle school locker, but there is just something that I find fascinating about the royal life.
And I’m guessing I’m not alone, judging by the world’s fascination with the royal couple.
When I followed Kate Middleton’s hospitalization with hypermesis, there was one thing in particular that struck me about the pictures of her leaving the hospital. Aside from a slightly puffier-than-usual face, not a hair was out of place with the princess.
I did a quick search on pregnant royals and found that almost every princess struck almost the same exact royal pose on leaving the hospital, even those who had just delivered their babies. I guess it’s just in keeping with royal tradition to keep up appearances, even after giving birth.
My fascination with the royals quickly spilled into a need to know—what is it like to be a pregnant princess?
Here are 5 facts I uncovered about life with a royal baby bump:
- Smugglers, beware. Before 1936 with the birth of Princess Alexandra, royal births had to be attended by the home secretary to ensure that no baby was smuggled in as a royal substitute baby. For the same reason, many royal births in the past were public affairs, just to ensure no tricky business happened at the moment of birth. No baby registries, please. Apparently, royals don’t quite need a baby registry at Babies `R Us. Who knew?
- Most royal babies have been born at home. Kate’s late mother-in-law wanted to keep the royal tradition of birthing babies at home, but with her health problems, she was advised to deliver at the hospital. Princess Kate will most likely do the same.
- Not your standard birth announcement. Royal babies are greeted with a traditional 41-gun salute.
- Out of the public eye. Princess Kate is certainly breaking tradition from this one, as most pregnant royals were kept out of the public eye when they became visibly pregnant. More power to you, Kate!
- Ask the nanny. However you feel about this one, traditionally, once that baby bump turns into an actual baby, there’s a lot of hands-on action—from the royal nanny. It will be fun to see if the Princess bucks tradition with this one too!
Are you following Princess Kate’s pregnancy? Do you think she'll buck the nanny tradition?