Babes in arms - A history of British royal babies
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who married in a glittering ceremony last May, announced in October that their baby was due in early 2019.
LONDON - Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are expecting the birth of their first child this spring, the latest addition to a royal family which traces its roots back to 1066.
Harry and Meghan, a former US actress, married in a glittering ceremony last May and announced in October that their baby was due in early 2019.
Meghan told royal well-wishers in January that she was six months pregnant, suggesting that the baby, who will be seventh-in-line to the throne, would arrive sometime in April.
Here is a timeline of British royal babies:
1 June 1926: Crowds gather to see the newborn baby Princess Elizabeth, who was born on 21 April 1926, and would later become the current Queen Elizabeth II, on her way to her christening at Buckingham Palace.
The first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who would later be crowned King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was carried by a nanny from her Mayfair home.
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15 December 1948: Prince Charles, now heir to the throne, was christened in the music room at Buckingham Palace with the choir from St. James’s Palace brought in for the ceremony.
Proud parents Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip posed for photos and newsreel footage, alongside the Queen’s father, King George VI and his mother Queen Mary, meaning four generations of former, current and future royals were seen all together.
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22 June 1982: Charles and his first wife Diana posed with baby Prince William leaving the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London after the birth of their first child the day before. In August, the new baby appeared in front of the cameras again with his parents and great-grandmother, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
17 September 1984: Two days after the birth of their second son, Charles and Diana showed off Prince Harry to the world’s media after he was also born at St Mary’s Hospital.
In December, the new baby and his elder brother appeared together for Harry’s christening.
FILE: Princess Diana, her sons Harry and William, and Prince Charles watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day on 19 August 1995 in London. Picture: AFP
23 July 2013: Amid huge global media interest, Prince William and his wife Kate emerged from hospital with their first child, Prince George, a day after his birth, also at St Mary’s.
Baby George, third-in-line to the throne behind his father and grandfather, was christened three months later at St James’s Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in front of his great-grandmother, the queen.
He wore a replica of a 172-year-old custom-made, one-of-a-kind christening gown which was made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and has been worn at the christenings of more than 30 babies, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William.
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge holds Prince George Alexander Louis in front of the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on 23 July 2013. Picture: AFP.
2 May 2015: William and Kate’s second child Princess Charlotte was born at St Mary’s, again attracting large crowds of well-wishers to the hospital.
The first official photograph of Princess Charlotte with her older brother Prince George were released by Kensington Palace on 6 June 2015. The photos were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
23 April 2018: Prince Louis, the third of William and Kate’s children, was born at St Mary’s. He was christened in July last year at St James’s Palace at a service attended by senior members of the royal family.
Princess Charlotte plants a kiss on her new baby brother Prince Louis's forehead. Picture: The Duchess at Kensington Palace/@KensingtonRoyal