With Kate Middleton due to deliver any day now, we crunch the numbers on royal babies and births.
The world is anxiously awaiting the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William's first child. Here's what you need to know about the royal baby and royal births, by the numbers:
- 21: A common day of the month for royal births: Queen Elizabeth's birthday is April 21 and Prince William's is June 21. Kate Middleton is reportedly due on July 11, but as she herself said, "babies have their own agenda."
- 2: Announcements the public will receive about the royal baby's birth. First, the Palace will announce that Kate Middleton is in the hospital in labor. Then, after the baby is born, a Palace aide will take an official birth announcement from the hospital to Buckingham Palace to be displayed on an easel (just as was done when Prince William was born). Once the announcement is posted, the news will be released to the media and posted on social media.
120: Years since a sitting monarch has been alive for the birth of a great-grandchild and heir apparent. Queen Victoria was still ruling when her great-grandson was born.
- 42: Number of public figures present at the birth of King James II's son James Francis Edward in 1688. The birth drew a huge crowd because many doubted that the King's wife Mary of Modena was really pregnant. Witnesses were common practice in those days to verify the birth of an heir, but the baby's father was not among them. In fact, Prince Charles was the first royal to attend the birth of his children. Prince William will be the only person by Kate's side — aside from her doctors.
- $380 million: The reported financial boost the British economy will receive from the royal birth. A large part of that is expected to come from royal baby souvenir sales.
- 3: The royal baby's place in the line of succession to the thone, whether it is a boy or a girl. This year, the 16 countries of the Commonwealth voted to change the rules of succession and allow for a female heir after hundreds of years of primogeniture.
- 5/2:Current odds that if the baby is a girl, her name will be Alexandra.
- 6: Number of King Georges so far among British monarchs. George is thought to be a baby name front-runner if William and Kate welcome a baby boy.
- 41: The number of guns in the traditional salute to the birth of a royal baby by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. In addition, Union Jack flags will be flown from all official buildings and Royal Navy ships.
- 7: Pounds Prince William weighed when he was born on June 21, 1982 (7 lbs., 1½ oz., to be exact). He was christened on Aug. 4, 1982 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.
- 67,000+ and counting: Tweets with the hashtag #royalbaby.
- 3: Possible last names for the baby, if William and Kate decide to choose one: Mountbatten-Windsor, Wales or Cambridge. A last name is not necessary as the baby will be referred to as HRH Prince or Princess.
- 2: Weeks of paternity leave Prince William will receive from his job as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force.
- 1: Weeks after his birth before Prince William's name (William Arthur Philip Louis) was announced.
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