LONDON — The first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the third in line to the British throne is to be born in a central London hospital after the duchess went into labor Monday morning.
Question: What will the baby’s title be?
Answer: The baby will be addressed as his or her royal highness and will be known as the prince or princess of Cambridge. It won’t necessarily have a surname although Kate and William have three options open to them: They could choose Cambridge, the title given to them when they married in 2011; Wales, the surname William uses in the military and taken from his father, the prince of Wales; or Mountbatten-Windsor, the double-barreled name created when Queen Elizabeth II married her husband, Prince Philip.
Q: When will we get to see the baby for the first time?
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A: The first time the public would get to see the baby is when Kate emerges from the front exit of the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London. How long the duchess remains in hospital after the birth depends on her health and that of the baby, royal sources said. An official photograph of the new family was expected to be released in the first few weeks after the birth.
Q: When will the baby be christened?
A: The baby is to be christened a few weeks after its birth, likely in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace like its father and grandfather, Prince William and Prince Charles, according to royal biographer Hugo Vickers. The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is to carry out the ceremony.
The baby would probably wear a replica of a robe that has been used by the royals since 1841 when it was made for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.
Q: Who will the godparents be?
A: Unlike the rest of the world, royals usually choose members of their own family, Vickers said. However Prince Charles broke the mold by having “slightly unexpected” godparents for Prince William, including a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II, Susan Husset, and his spiritual mentor Laurence van der Post.
Royal biographer Sarah Bradford suggested the couple would choose their siblings, Pippa and James Middleton and Prince Harry, or good friends such as Thomas van Straubenzee.
Q: Will William and Kate take time off?
A: William is to take two weeks statutory paternity leave from his job as an air force search and rescue pilot in Anglesey, North Wales. Kate has not yet decided how much time she would take off from her royal duties.
Q: Where will the couple live?
A: Since their wedding, the couple have lived in Anglesey. They were expected to move into a new apartment at Kensington Palace after the birth of the baby; however, its renovation is taking longer than expected.
Kate’s uncle, Gary Goldsmith, has suggested that Kate would take the baby to her parents’ home in Bucklebury, an hour’s drive from London, for the first six weeks after the birth.