We may not know the royal baby’s name or even its gender, but one key piece of information about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s soon-to-be-born child has been revealed. The Royal Palace announced on Sunday that the baby in question will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge.
“It is a great honor and I'm sure the people of Cambridge will appreciate it greatly," said city mayor Councilor Paul Saunders. “I think it's lovely to continue the close link with the Royal family. I think anything which helps to keep Cambridge in the public eye is a good thing as we rely on tourism.”
The child will reportedly be the first person to hold this title since 1850. The three children of Prince Adolphus and Princess Augusta were also Prince and Princesses of Cambridge. Like William and Kate, Adolphus and Augusta were Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“It can only be good news for Cambridge,” added former city mayor Cllr Sheila Stewart. “Everyone is so excited about it. The whole country is waiting for the birth.”
Obviously, the royal baby’s first name will be part of this title as well. However, the most recent reports indicate that William and Kate have not yet decided on a name and may not do so until the day the child is born.
This would not be atypical for a royal birth. Prince Charles and his late wife, Princess Diana, took a full week to decide on William’s first name, and Charles’ parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, needed a whole month to name him.
The royal baby is due this coming Saturday and will likely be born at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, the same place where the child’s father was born 31 years ago.
This news about the royal baby’s title comes the same day that word spread of another future member of the family. Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Mike Tindall, are expecting their first child next year. Phillips recently made headlines for winning a silver medal in eventing at the 2012 London Olympics.