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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Third Child Will Be Born With an Impressive Title

Here’s how to address the littlest royal.
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte are about to get a new royal sibling—and that little baby will be born with a title just as fancy as theirs. But like all things British royalty, the specifics are complicated and affected by tradition. Here’s what you need to know.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new baby will have a long title, regardless of how it’s styled. Let’s say the royal baby’s name is Bob, regardless of gender. (It won’t be, but for the sake of argument, let’s go with it.) His or her official title would be His Royal Highness Prince Bob of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or Her Royal Highness Princess Bob of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

But that might not be the title they go by. “Royal children are ‘styled’ differently if they are the children of a royal duke,” says Marlene Koenig, a royal historian and writer of the Royal Musings blog. Because of this styling, their titles will be His Royal Highness Prince Bob of Cambridge, or Her Royal Highness Princess Bob of Cambridge. That’s because Prince William and Kate Middleton are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Technically, the royal baby will be a commoner, at least for now. “It sounds complicated, but in the U.K, the only people who are not commoners are the Sovereign and peers of the realm, [people with titles like] Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron,” Koenig says. So Prince William is not a commoner, but Prince Harry is, though that could change if the Queen gives him a title in celebration of his May wedding to Meghan Markle.

The royal baby will be next in line to the throne behind his or her sister, Princess Charlotte, because of a new succession law based on birth order, not sex. But that will probably be all the little one will do for now. “I don’t think the baby will have much of a role for some years apart from looking cute in family photos!” Koenig jokes.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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