The world let out a collective sigh of relief when it found out the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—William and Kate, as we still affectionately call them—were expecting their first child in 2013. We cooed at the idea of finally having a royal baby of our very own to fawn over (from afar, of course); since William and Harry had grown well past cute royal baby status, though still cute by all accounts. Now, we had the adorable Prince George to watch waddle around Kensington Gardens. Then, in 2015, we welcomed the first baby girl in the immediate line of succession with Princess Charlotte. And alas, we’ve struck gold again with the announcement that the royal couple is currently expecting their third child. Whew, these kids just keep pushing Prince Harry farther down the line of succession.
So we’ve been on a constant emotional wave of getting to witness royal babies’ firsts for four years now, and the world has been just enamored with the time-old traditions followed when involving the births and childhoods of royal heirs to the British monarchy. These customs can throw even our most insane Southern baby traditions out of the window. From who’s allowed (and who’s required?) in the delivery room to the gaggle of first names (and what exactly is a Prince’s last name?) given to a royal child, here are some historic royal baby traditions we had no idea existed.