8 Facts Showing Another Side Of Being A Royal Child
We tend to believe that royal children live a dreamy life, full of glamour, wealth, and the possibility, for many of them, to rule a whole nation one day. Although this is true, there is another not-so-good side. By and large, these kids have to comply with old-fashioned traditions since they come to this world. In this article, we will discuss part of these requirements and rules that are entirely different from the commoners' upbringing.
1. The birth
As you can imagine, welcoming an heir to a throne is no ordinary event, and there are some intriguing aspects about it from different kingdoms around the world. For instance, in Great Britain, Middleton thought of having her second son at home but ended up giving birth at St. Mary's Hospital. The team in charge of the delivery had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect the details of the blue-blood newborn.
Becoming a father is a momentous event in a man's life, so it is evident he wants to be with his wife when the baby is born. Thankfully, Prince William is from this era and now can give support to his wife, because before 1948, queens and kings were not allowed to do so. Prince William has also stuck to traditions since he is the one who picks up Kate from the maternity ward.
Once the heir is born, the first one to be informed must be the Queen through a phone call with an encrypted number. Surprisingly, although his grandmother is the very ruler of the UK, William used to call Elizabeth "Gary" because he couldn't pronounce "Granny". George, on his side, did not complicate with difficult letters and addresses his grandmother as "Gan-Gan".
But the UK is not the only country to celebrate births in a particular way. In Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck ordered to plant more than one hundred thousand trees when his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema, gave birth to their first child in February of 2016. Godparents are not regular people either. The son of the King of Bulgaria, Prince Simeon, has the King of Morocco and Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark as godparents.
It is usual for princes and princess not to have a last name. Instead, they have around three or four monikers and take the name of a county or country. For instance, William's firstborn is called George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. One of the twins of the Prince of Monaco and his wife is called Jacques Honoré Rainier Grimaldi, and in Sweden, there is a young royal called Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland.
The name of a member or a blue-blood family is much-anticipated. Therefore, crowds of journalists, reporters, paparazzi, and general public gather near the hospitals to wait for royal families and place bets. This happened when the third great-grandson of Elizabeth II was born, but people had to wait two days to know his name. It was thought to be Arthur or James, but it turned out to be Louis, that means "famous warrior" or "famous in battle".
It is no surprise that royal children don't get Barbies and toy cars for their birthdays. Their presents can be very unusual. Just to give you an idea, Princess Charlotte received an Australian blanket made of Tasmanian merino's wool and a $200,000 poster of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1937. Duchess Estelle, the future Queen of Sweden, got a unique pendant from Östergötland's government made of pike, swans, and Rússula mushroom.
And that's not all, other babies have received unusual yet expensive gifts. The title of the Lady of Order of the Golden Fleece was given to Princess Leonor on her tenth birthday. Prince Charles gave George a £18,000 mobile home, while his maternal mother presented him with a zebra. This boy also has an impressive car collection: an Aston Martin from grandpa, a GTI from dad, and a Jaguar from Aunty Pippa, just to name a few.
Princesses Sofia and Leonor, the daughters of King Philipp VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, tend to wear similar dresses, coats, and suits, but in the summertime, they don shorts and sundresses. Prince George looks like his father with checkered shirts and sweaters, but he cannot wear pants before 8; he only put on shorts. His sister also dresses like her mother, but with affordable clothes that commoners can buy to imitate her.
5. Games and toys
Broadly speaking, royal parents agree that their children must have a traditional childhood with games, sports, and outdoor activities, for instance. The royal family in the UK does not allow tablets, and trust regular toys such as cubes, dolls, stuffed animals, and cars, so that their children can play and develop their imagination. However, they cannot play Monopoly, as Prince Andrew once revealed.
Moreover, Elizabeth II has a classic toy collection that had remained unspoiled because nobody could touch them. However, after George was born, he was allowed to play with this treasure: Prince Charles' car, the Queen's personal dolls, and the baby carriage of Princess Margaret. Amaila, Alexia, and Ariane, princesses of the Netherlands, enjoy walking and playing at the beach with their dog, while the Belgian Royal Family loves skiing.
Spending time with children is fundamental in most royal families, and they go to exhibitions, visit museums, have etiquette classes, and read at home. Despite what you might think, they learn how to respect others' activities, such as making the bed and sorting toys, by doing them themselves. For instance, the Swedish Princess Estelle bakes cakes for Christmas along with her mother and father.
Charlene, the Princess of Monaco, spends as much time as possible with her twins. It is very rare when the babysitters stay with the kids alone. On the other hand, the Cambridge family from the UK has babysitter Maria Teresa Borrallo, who helps look after Charlotte and George and travels with the family when it is necessary. When it was time to go to school, Charlotte started to attend a kindergarten near Kensington Palace.
There, apart from games, she learns pottery, poetry, and cooking. She even cooks with her mom at her little kitchen inside the real one in the palace. If she makes a mess, Charlotte is also reminded to help the cleaning staff. Princess Charlene took the twins to a school where they discover their talents. The Princesses of Spain have etiquette, music, and dancing lessons, as well as studying English, Chinese, Catal, Basque, and Galician.
7. The line of succession
Even though it can change in different countries, this is an essential matter in all. Royal twins in Denmark, Vincent and Josephine, take the fourth and the fifth places, but the Prince was born 26 minutes earlier, so his position is higher than his sister's. Prince Jaques is the heir to the Monégasque throne although his twin sister was born first. Heiresses are still a very controversial topic. For example, in Spain, people love queens.
It means that Leonor, the eldest daughter of the monarchs, might be one in the future, so she started her practice in the Spanish Royal Guard's kindergarten. Elizabeth, Princess of Belgium, can't fly with her father because she is the heiress, and Princess Ingrid of Norway will sit on the throne after her grandfather and father. Conversely, girls in Japan can't be heiresses; therefore, the youngest among the grandchildren of Emperor Akihito is the heir.
Some countries even made some changes in the law of successions. For instance, Great Britain had some modifications in 2013 that makes Princess Charlotte have a higher rank than her younger brother because he does no longer have an advantage over her female sibling. Prince George is still the third in line, and he recently expressed his interest in the police, but we shouldn't worry about him being a policeman and not a monarch.
8. Royal duties
As blue-blood members, these kids need to fulfill their obligations in national and international affairs. The future King of Monaco must accompany his parents on trips abroad, while Moulay Hassan, Prince of Morocco, has been going to official meetings with his father since he was ten. However, parents also remember they are only children, and when they are afraid of flying, as the Cambridge siblings, mom Kate has words to comfort them.
We all want to be princes and princesses since we are little, and although it is fantastic, their lives are riddled with traditions, strict rules, and a demanding education. But ultimately, most of them are preparing to rule a country, so it is entirely understandable their parents want to do it from a very young age. What fact did you like the most? Tell us in the comment section below and don't forget to share the article with others.