Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will soon welcome a new bundle of joy into the royal family.
Though few details have been revealed about their third child, we do know that this baby will come with a seriously impressive, and rather long, royal title.
As Town & Country explained, the baby, regardless of gender, will have a string of titles that make its proper name a total mouthful. Say, for example, the baby is a boy named Arthur, as bookmakers have predicted. The baby’s title would be His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If it’s a girl named Alice, her title would be Her Royal Highness Princess Alice of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
However, as Marlene Koenig, a royal historian, told the magazine, “Royal children are ‘styled’ differently if they are the children of a royal duke.” This means the baby would simply be known as His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Cambridge, or Her Royal Highness Princess Alice of Cambridge.
To make things even more confusing, Koenig explained that technically the baby isn’t “royal” at all.
“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 said.
So really, Prince Harry is a commoner, until his grandmother Queen Elizabeth bestows a dukedom on him at his royal wedding.
As for where this little baby sits in line for the throne, he or she will be behind the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. So really, this little baby will have little responsibility other than being adorable (for now).