Royal Baby: 11 Surprising Facts on Kate Middleton, Prince William Baby Boy

By Alma

As everyone in the galaxy knows, Kate had her baby. But not everyone knows the following facts (at least I didn't). One: We may not know the boy's name for some time. It was a week before William's name was announced, while Charles's name remained a mystery for a month. He is officially "His Royal Highness Prince (insert name) of Cambridge."

Two: Bookmakers have placed odds on the royal baby name. Three: They are also offering odds of 4-1 that the baby inherits the recessive red hair gene, as Harry did. Four: He will be christened in a replica of the gown worn by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.

Five: A 41-gun salute in London parks greeted the birth. Six: Following tradition, a royal aide emerged from the hospital with a signed bulletin on Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin was driven to Buckingham Palace, where it was posted on an easel in public view in front of the building. At the same time, the birth was announced on Twitter (the first use of social media for a royal birth) and the media were notified. We were told the baby's gender, weight, and time of birth.

Seven: William will take two weeks for paternity leave before returning to his military duties as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in Wales. Eight: Some economists predict a $380 million boost to the U.K. economy.

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