Royal babies: the bizarre traditions behind palace doors

Harry and Meghan to break from tradition as daughter Lilibet will not be christened in Church of England

Stars Insider

13/10/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE British royal family

There is nothing quite like a royal baby to grab worldwide attention. There is a global fascination with the British royal family, and when a new baby comes along it's huge news. However, what many people are unaware of are some of the traditional rules that come with having a royal baby.

One such rule is that they are baptized by the head of the Church of England (which is formally headed by the Queen) some weeks after their birth, which is also when they make their first public appearance. The world is clamoring to see Lilibet, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter who was born in the US in June, but it appears the renegade royals are going to break tradition once more.

A new report says Lilibet will not be going to the UK to be christened like her brother and cousins. A palace source told the Telegraph, “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.” Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex baptized Archie at Windsor Castle, they will reportedly christen Lilibet in the Episcopal Church in California, the outlet reports.

An outside baptism means two things: Lilibet would not automatically be considered a "member" of the Church of England, headed by her namesake great-grandmother, and it also means she won't be meeting the Queen yet. Some are concerned that time is running out, as Her Royal Highness is already 95. No plans have been confirmed as yet by Harry and Meghan, but this break from tradition would come as no surprise. 

From firing cannonballs to being blessed with a group of godparents, there are many strange traditions that signal a new royal baby. Take a look through this gallery to find out exactly what happens with the arrival of a royal baby.

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