The internet is all atwitter with the fabulous news of the new little prince’s arrival on Monday and we are hanging on every tiny bit of information about the newest Royal.
For the most part, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been very accommodating in that regard, and we are very grateful for that. But, as with any momentous event, we are dying to know more!!
We found out Kate was in labor shortly after she went into the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Then, the Duchess hadn’t been there but a few hours when we received the happy news that the baby had been born!
At the time, we were treated to all the basic data: sex (male), time of birth (11:01 AM, London time), and weight (eight pounds, seven ounces).
But, unlike the rest of us who typically share the biggest bit of news at the same time, there was no mention of a name for the precious bundle of royal joy.
Those of us who watch the Royals on a regular basis need only hearken back to the births of Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015, to realize that we are going to have to wait for that piece of info.
The Duke and Duchess waited two whole days before releasing their children’s names and, although it is tortuous for us to wait, there’s a very good reason for it.
And we don’t mean just so the bookmakers can take in a few more bets before the mystery is revealed.
According to Good Housekeeping, “There are two main reasons for the name delay, according to experts. ‘The reasoning is perhaps two-fold.
"'On one hand there's a desire to inform the families before a public declaration is made and any new parent appreciates having a little private time to get to know their new addition before the onslaught of announcements,' commenter Victoria Arbiter told Town & Country.”
"Royals, however, also have to consider the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred percent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby's place in history."
In this day and age of “instant everything,” we get the opportunity to practice the virtue of patience - thanks to royal protocol. But, if things go as they did in the past, we won’t have to wait too long. The baby was born on Monday morning, which means that we should have the name of the littlest royal by Wednesday at the latest.
We’ll try to hang on, but it won’t be easy. In the meantime, we’ll have to console ourselves with the delightful photos that we are privileged to have access to. And that’s a pretty good consolation prize!