As we gear up for the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's little Prince or Princess, we present our numerical guide to Great Britain's royal babies, both past and future.
The media are already camped outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in London in anticipation of Kate Middleton giving birth to the future heir.
Each day more snippets of information about the impending royal birth are being revealed, and yesterday we were told the baby’s official title will be His or Her Royal Highness, the Prince or Princess of Cambridge. Exciting.
So, as the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date looms closer, let’s get a feel for what kind of frenzy we can expect once the baby arrives by looking back at how royal births have been handled in years gone by.
Royal babies: A history by numbers
– Prince William was born at 9.03pm at St Mary’s Hospital in London on 21 June 1982. He weighed 7lb 1 ½ oz. Princess Diana surprised the nation when she left hospital only 21 hours after his birth.
– Princess Diana’s due date was thought to be 1 July, Diana’s 21st birthday, but she gave birth 10 days early.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles leave St Mary’s Hospital with baby Prince William
– It took Prince Charles and Princess Diana 10 minutes to drive from the Palace to St Mary’s Hospital.
– Prince Harry was born at 4.20pm on 15 September 1984. He weighed 6lb 14oz and Diana was in labour for 9 hours. She and Charles emerged from hospital 13 hours later, greeted by 1,000 screaming well-wishers.
Princess Diana gives the world a first glimpse of Prince Harry
– Prince Charles was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November 1948, weighing 7lb 6 oz.
– The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London.
The Queen (though she was still a Princess then) with a newborn Prince Charles
– Kate Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on 9 January 1982 and was christened later that year on 20 June.
– An estimated £1 million has been bet in the UK on the royal baby so far – 4 times the amount that was placed on Prince William’s birth.
Well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace after the birth of Prince William
– Kate will give birth in a private suite in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, which is likely to cost up to £10,000.
– Odds are 3-1 that Wills and Kate will name their baby Alexandra if it’s a girl and 7-1 that they will opt for George if they have a boy.
The world’s media are already camped outside the Lindon Wing, where Kate will give birth
– Odds are 5-2 that the baby will be blond and 13-8 that it will have brown hair.
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– Wills and Kate have reportedly spent between £500 and £1,000 on a Bugaboo buggy and £1 million renovating their baby’s future home at Kensington Palace.
The 41-gun salute to announce the birth of Prince William in 1982
– A 41-gun salute will sound in Hyde Park once the birth of the new royal baby has been made public.