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The Royal Baby Gets a Title

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Chances are, you decided on a name for your baby long before he or she arrived. The Royal family of England does that kind of thing too, but they have other decisions to make, such as what title to bestow upon an heir or heiress to the throne. Fortunately, William and Kate’s soon-to-be-born child won't be living in limbo: Queen Elizabeth has come up with a solution. The tot will be given the title of prince or princess, making it HRH Prince or Princess [insert name] of Cambridge, reports People magazine.

The child will assume this title from the household formed when William, who’s now 31, was made a duke upon the event of his wedding to Kate in 2011.

Although this title sounds like one of those posh names that’s been around for centuries, dignitaries believe that this is the first time a member of the royal family will ever be dubbed with the moniker.

In a way, Queen Elizabeth’s choice for her future grandchild is sweet and flattering: The style of the title mirrors that of great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth. Says a source: “It follows the same form as the Queen had when she was a child. She was HRH Princess Elizabeth of York.” William’s cousins, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York, use this naming style as well.

We already knew part of this title was on the way … at least, royal-watchers did. In January, a formal announcement that appeared in the London Gazette said, "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."

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