Eight strange baby traditions Royals have to follow after giving birth

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank announced the birth of their first child on February 9 on Instagram.

They revealed the news to the world via a heart-warming black and white image of the pair holding the newborn's hand.

This is actually an unconventional method of announcing the birth of a royal baby, as they tend to be officially declared to the public via a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The Palace did go on to make a statement shortly after.

Though the Princess bucked the royal trend on this occasion, it is likely she will follow suit with the lengthy list of other traditions surrounding royal babies.

Here are just eight of the traditions that take place following a royal birth

All royal babies are delivered by a royal gynaecologist

A tradition that dates back decades, royal babies are always delivered with at least one royal doctor present.

Sir Marcus Setchell, who was surgeon-gynaecologist to Queen Elizabeth II, retired after his last royal baby in Prince George.

He also delivered Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, and he assisted with the Duchess of Cornwall's hysterectomy.

During an interview on Woman's Hour' BBC Radio 4, Sir Setchell said: "You just keep reminding yourself that although it's very important, for the couple and the about-to-be-born baby, it's just another healthy young couple giving birth to a hopefully very healthy baby."

The man who boasts the title of current royal surgeon-gynaecologist is Alan Farthing, while the royals’ consultant obstetrician is Guy Thorpe-Beeston.

Both of the pair were on hand to deliver Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Buckingham Palace statement revealed that Princess Eugenie had her son at Portland Hospital, the same venue that Meghan Markle gave birth to Archie.

The parents don't always have custody of their children

This stems from a law that was originally implemented more than 300 years ago, which means the sovereign has full legal custody of their minor grandchildren.

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This law, called “The Grand Opinion for the Prerogative Concerning the Royal Family,” was first enforced by King George I in 1717.

“George I did not get along with his son, the future George II,” explained royal expert Marlene Koenig.

She told the Independent: “I believe it came about when the Prince of Wales [George II] did not want to have the godparent for his son that his father wanted – so George I got Parliament to come up with something.”

It is a law that states the Queen has legal custody of all her grandchildren under the age of 18, though it is extremely unlikely she will ever act upon it.

Koenig stated “I think the Queen has let her children raise their kids.”

The birth announcement is displayed on an easel

This tradition was deployed as recently as this month following the birth of Princess Eugenie's son, the process sees a framed typewritten bulletin placed on an easel on Buckingham Palace's forecourt.

The bulletin is signed by the entire medical team that assisted with the birth and includes all the key details surrounding the baby itself, from weight to time of birth as well as confirming the health of both mother and baby.

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It has become a relatively new tradition for parents to present their child on the steps of the hospital's entrance.

Royal babies are wrapped in a G.H. Hurt & Sons blanket

Whenever the child is ready to make its first appearance under the world's glare, they are often draped in a blanket made by Nottingham-based knitwear company G.H. Hurt & Sons.

This has been a running theme ever since Prince Charles was born in 1948.

All three of the Cambridge children have been wrapped in one upon their first sighting.

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The name isn't announced for days

It has become a tradition for the royal couple in question to wait several days before revealing the child's name to the public.

The country had to wait two days after the birth had been announced before finding out the names of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, while it took three days before Prince Louis was announced.

Princess Eugenie is yet to confirm her son's name.

The child will wear a special christening gown

One of the most fiercely followed traditions on this list, royals will always pass down a robe for the most recent addition to the family to wear at their christening.

This started in 1841 for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa. The gown was made from white silk and went on to be worn by a further 62 royal babies over the course of 163 years.

Given how precious the item was, it was hand-washed after each time it was used before being stored away until the next royal baby.

Though the original gown was retired following the birth of Lady Louise Windsor (Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex's daughter) in 2004, all royal babies since, including the Cambridge children, have worn a replica.

Gun salutes follow the birth announcement

Every royal birth is traditionally celebrated with a royal gun salute.

Princess Charlotte's birth was met with a royal gun salute at both Hyde Park and outside the Tower of London.

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The Honourable Artillery Company also paid their own tribute by firing a 62-gun salute on the bank of the Thames outside the Tower of London.

Royal babies don't automatically receive royal titles

A royal title is not something automatically given to a royal baby from the moment they are born, it has to be granted by the Queen.

In Princess Eugenie's instance, because her husband Jack Brooksbank is considered a commoner and has no royal title of his own, their son will not be granted a royal title unless the Queen decides to grant him one, given he sits 11th in line to the throne.

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