The royal baby by numbers


As the time seems to drag by in the final hours of The Great Kate Wait, here are some facts and figures you didn't know about the future king or queen:

1 – The date in July when the baby's late grandmother, Princess Diana was born in 1961.

2 – Number of years the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married before the birth of their baby. Also, 2: Weeks of paternity leave Prince William will receive from his job as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force.

3 – William and Kate’s baby will be born third in line to the throne and the Queen’s third great-grandchild. Three is also the number of possible last names for the baby, if William and Kate decide to choose one: Mountbatten-Windsor, Wales or Cambridge. A last name is not necessary as the baby will be referred to as HRH Prince or Princess.

4 –Prince Harry will now be fourth in line to the throne, thanks to his little niece or nephew.

5 – The royal baby will be the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild (5 greats) of Queen Victoria.

6 – Number of King Georges so far among British monarchs. George is thought to be a baby name front-runner if William and Kate welcome a baby boy.

7 –  Pounds Prince William weighed when he was born on June 21, 1982 (7 lbs., 1½ oz., to be exact). He was christened on August 4 1982 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.

16 – The baby will one day be head of state of 16 countries.

21 – A common day of the month for royal births: Queen Elizabeth's birthday is April 21 and Prince William's is June 21.

31 – William and Kate will both be 31 when the baby is born.

33 – The temperature in Celsius to which the mercury is expected to rise on 22 July – the UK’s hottest day of the year so far.

41 – Royal births are celebrated with a 41-gun salute.

43 – If the baby follows the Prince of Wales and William on to the throne, he or she will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066.


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