15 Surprising Facts About The Royal Family Baby Prince Louis Should Know

Published on 04/30/2018
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Well, Prince Harry is off the market. But, there is good news! There is something new in Buckingham Palace. Her name is Meghan Markle and she just scored the title “Duchess of Sussex.” The Royal Wedding was epic and we are sad it is over! The wedding made royal history keeping with some traditions, and rocking some other ones. Want to know some surprising facts about the wedding and the royal family? We got you covered!

The Queen Celebrates not 1, but 2 Birthdays!

The Queen is one lucky woman, she gets to have 2 birthday parties! She has an official birthday that is celebrated in the Commonwealth of Nations. Usually, these countries have a parade and a mass celebration in her honor. She also as a “real” birthday, April 21, 1926. She just turned 92! She likes to celebrate her real birthday with her family circle.


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2-Birthdays

No Touching The Royal Family

This is one fact that is well known but is broken all the time. Usually, celebrities, world leaders, and other famous people violate this rule. Michelle Obama broke this rule more than once!

Michelle-Obama-and-The-Queen

Michelle-Obama-and-The-Queen

Prince Henry?

Even though nicknames are looked down upon in the Royal family, Henry has been going by Harry most of his life. His real name is Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor. What a mouth full!


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Prince-Harry

The Middleton Family Lived in Jordan

Pretty interesting, huh? Kate’s family lived in Jordan for two years in the mid-80s. They moved for her father’s work.


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Middleton-Family-in-Jordan

Sorry, No Shellfish

This is a weird one. One old rule in England is the Royal family cannot eat shellfish. This rule was created to prevent food poisoning. Prince Charles openly does not follow this rule.

Prince-Charles

Prince-Charles

Sovereign Grant

Taxpayer money is collected in the HM treasury. Every two years the Queen gets a “Sovereign Grant” which is used to pay salaries, for travel expenses and to fund maintence of the palaces. In 2016, the Queen recieved £43 million or $57.5 million USD. Not too shabby!

Royal-Palace

Royal-Palace

The Queen Doesn’t Need a Passport

Seeing as the Queen issues passports, I guess it makes sense she doesn’t need one to travel abroad. She can show a coin or banknote that has her image. Pretty lucky for her! All other members of the Royal family have to use passports to travel.


No-Passport

No-Passport

No Monopoly

There is an unofficial rule that the Royal family can’t play monopoly, especially in their home. It just gets too vicious!


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No-Monopoly

Queen Catherine

Kate Middleton is definitely not the first Queen Catherine. She is actually England’s 6th Queen Catherine!


Kate-Middleton

Kate-Middleton

No License Plate Required

The Queen is the only person in the UK who has the right to drive a car without a license plate. Some people have reported she also doesn’t wear a seatbelt!

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No-License-Plate

Marriage Licenses

According to the Inheritance Act, the first 6 people in line to the throne aged up to 25 years have to obtain a marriage license from the Queen. If she says no, then there is no wedding.

Marriage-License

Marriage-License

Marriage Doesn’t Equal Throne

The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, is the King-Consort, which doesn’t give him the right to become King. He is native to Greece and thus has no claim to the throne. The same is true for with Prince William. If he becomes King, then Catherine will have the title of Queen-Consort.

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Marriage-Doesnt-Equal-Throne

They Must Accept All Gifts

Technically, all gifts belong to the monarchy. It is a rule all members of the Royal family must accept all gifts. I don’t think this is a bad rule! Who doesn’t want gifts?


Gifts

Gifts

Proposal in Africa

Did you Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Africa? He presented his mother’s 18-carat ring during a 10-day trip the couple took to Kenya in October 2010. Kate is one lucky lady! The ring is stunning. Do you agree?

Ring

Ring

Baby Prince Louis!

Prince William and Kate Middleton had us all on edge while we not so patiently waited to know the name of their new baby boy. They recently announced his name is Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. How cute! Louis means “renowned warrior” in French and it is likely a tribute to Prince Phillip. We love the name!


Prince-Louis

Prince-Louis

Wax Statue Museum Loves The Queen!

The wax museum Madame Tussauds is located in London and it loves to have the Queen on exhibit! They have displayed 23 different life-size models of Her Majesty to date. We think it looks like the real thing!


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Wax-Statue-Of-The-Queen

Corgis!!

The Queen is well known for her avid love of corgis. We love them too! Pembroke Welsh Corgis are the Queen’s favorite breed. She has owned more than 30 during her reign. Her first one was named Dookie and it was a gift from her father in 1933.


Corgis

Corgis


Documentary About The Family

Did you know there is a documentary about the Royal Family called “Royal Family?” Surprisingly the Queen gave permission to the crew to follow her daily life and interview her and other members of the family. It was very popular when it debuted! About 75% of the UK watched it.


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Royal-Family-Documentary


The Queen Is Very Bilingual

The Queen is a very smart lady. She actually is very proficient in French. She doesn’t need an interpreter and insists to use the language when needed.


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French


Yes, The Queen Rationed

During World War II, the Queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress. This is due to the fact clothes were rationed then. She still got her dress and wore it at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.


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Wedding-Dress


Queen’s Birthplace Is Now A Great Restaurant

While the Queen celebrates two birthdays, she was born at a house in Mayfair on April 26, 1926. The house no longer exists and it has been turned into a Michelin star restaurant called Hakkasan. A reservation is definitely required!


Hakkasan

Hakkasan


Kate Middleton Is A Smart Cookie!

Kate Middleton is the first royal bride to have a university degree! Pretty awesome! She has a degree in art history from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews.


Art-History

Art-History


Prince Louis Is 4th In Line

Prince Louis is so, so cute! And 5th in line to take the throne. He is behind Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George. There’s still hope, right?


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4th-In-Line


Bye, bye, footman!

It is well known the Queen loves her Corgis. Once she was forced to demote a royal footman. Why? Apparently, he was intentionally getting the corgis drunk by adding whiskey and gin to their food and water. Why would he do that? Good thing he’s fired!

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Fired-The-Footman


She’s Got The Wanderlust

The Queen is a known lover of traveling. She has visited 117 countries to date! That is two-thirds of all the countries that exist. She’s one lucky lady!


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Traveling


No More Corgis Fights!

The Queen risked herself, mostly her hand, by trying to stop a corgis fight. 10 of the dogs went at it! This happened in 1991. We hope they are living in harmony now.


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Injured-Hand


The Dorgi Of Course

The Queen invented a royal dog breed. We support it. She created a “dorgi,” after she mated a corgi with one of Princess Margaret’s dachshunds. She decided to name it Chipper. Cute name!


Dorgi

Dorgi


Prince William Is Also A Smart Cookie

Prince William has a Scottish Master of Arts degree from St. Andrew’s. This is the highest degree ever obtained by an heir to the British throne! He also met Kate at St. Andrew’s. The rest is history!


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Prince-William-Graduating


Celeb Crushes

Prince William had a huge crush on Cindy Crawford when he was a teenager. He loved her so much that the Queen invited her for tea.


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Cindy-Crawford


China China China

As we mentioned, the Queen is known for her love of traveling. She actually made history when she became the first British Monarch to visit China.


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China


Lucky Number 40

Queen Elizabeth II is the 40th monarch. She succeeded her father in February 1952. She is the queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon.


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40th-Monarch


Prince William Stood Up A Pop Princess

Britney Spears said she had a date planned with Prince William, but he didn’t show up. This happened back in 2002 before she dated Justin Timberlake.


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Prince-William-and-Britney


Her Majesty’s First Email

The Queen reportedly send her first email from an army base in 1976. That’s pretty early! Look at that ancient computer! She sent her first tween in 2014 and keeps in touch with the rest of the family through text messaging. What a cool Queen!


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First-Email


Surname

Despite popular belief, the Royal family does have a last name. They didn’t before 1917. George V changed the family’s name from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor. In 1960, Queen Elizabeth II declared her descendants would have the last name of Mountbatten-Windsor.


Surname

Surname


Names In Case Of Divorce

The Queen established in 1960 that members of the family are called His or Her Royal Highness. If there is a divorce, the royal loses the title if they are not a birthright royal. This happened with Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson.


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Fergie-and-Diana


Diamonds Are A Queen’s Best Friend

The Queen’s Imperial State Crown is made up of 2,868 diamonds. Isn’t it gorgeous?


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Imperial-State-Crown


Selfie Much?

No. The Queen doesn’t selfie, but she does have over 130 official portraits! Her first was completed in 1933 when she was only 7 years old.


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Portrait

Prince William Is A Traveler, Too!

Prince William took a gap year before college in order to travel the world. He went traveling and volunteering to Belize, Chile, and many African countries.


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Prince-William-Loves-To-Travel


Don’t Forget Harry!

Just like Prince William, Prince Harry also took a gap year before college. He volunteered at an AIDS orphans in Africa, making the documentary The Forgotten Kingdom.


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Prince-Harry-In-Africa


Kate Was An Actress

Kate was a model and actress before she was married. She played Eliza Doolittle in the St. Andrew’s School production of My Fair Lady.


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Kate-Was-An-Actress


Super Fans

Kate and William received more than 60,000 pieces of fan mail for the royal wedding! Wow! They made sure every single person got a reply. Very nice of them!

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Kate-and-Williams-Wedding


Is A Royal Curtsy Required?

No, no curtsying or bowing is required by law, but many chose to do so out of respect.


Curtsy

Curtsy


Kate Is The Oldest Bride

She was married when she was 29 years old, making her the oldest bride to date!


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Kates-The-Oldest-Bride


They Can Change Rules

All rules can be…well amended if you are a member of the royal family. In 1929, Edward VIII brought golf clubs made of steel shafts to St. Andrews. Members playing there are only supposed to use wooden shafts. They permitted him to play anyway and changed the rule.


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Edward-Golfing


Harry Was On The Frontlines

Both Will and Harry graduated from the Royal Military Academy. Harry graduated as a Second Lieutenant, and in 2008, he fought on the frontlines in Afghanistan.


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Harry-In-Afghanistan


A Royal Baby’s Birth

Whenever a royal baby is born, it is obviously a big deal! The Queen is the first to know, and then the baby’s birth is announced with a 62-Gun Salute.


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Royal-Gun-Salute

Tattoo?

George V has a large red and blue tattoo of a dragon on his arm! He got it in Japan when he was a young sailor. We didn’t expect that!


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George-V


First To Graduate From Cambridge

Prince Charles was the first royal to graduate from Cambridge. He got a perfect mark of 2:2.


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Cambridge


Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service

This is a pretty cool fact! During World War II, Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. She was just a princess then and trained as a mechanic and driver.


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Womens-Auxiliary-Territorial-Service


Kate and William’s Cute Nicknames

Kate and William have adorable names for each other. She calls Prince William “Big Willie,” while he calls her “babykins.” So cute!


Nicknames

Nicknames


Bishop Michael Curry

Usually, according to royal protocol, addresses are given by senior members of the Church of England. Meghan and Harry broke history when they invited an American Episcopalian bishop to speak and preside over the wedding. He gave nothing closed to the traditional aristocratic sermon royal wedding goers are used to!


Bishop-Michael-Curry

Bishop-Michael-Curry


Meghan Wore Queen Mary’s Tiara

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Meghan’s something old was Queen Mary’s beautiful tiara. It is just stunning on her!


Queen-Marys-Tiara

Queen-Marys-Tiara

Obey?

To keep with tradition, Harry and Meghan read traditional vows from the Common Book of Prayer. Meghan, like Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, left out the word “obey.”


Obey@

Obey@

No Escort

Meghan was the first ever royal bride to walk down the aisle without an escort. Her father couldn’t make the wedding due to a recent medical operation.


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No-Escort


Bishop Michael Curry

For the first time, an American Bishop gave a sermon at a royal wedding. Some were shocked, and some loved it!


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Bishop-Curry

That Jag Though!

The royal duo rode in a beautiful Jaguar E-Type to their wedding reception. It was originally made in 1968 but made into an electric car.

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That-Jag-Though

Flowers Galore

The wedding’s floral designer was Phillipa Craddock. She worked with a team of florists to make the wedding displays. All the flowers were donated to St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, East London after the wedding.


Royal-Wedding-Flowers

Royal-Wedding-Flowers

Princess Di’s Ring

Did you know Harry gifted Princess Diana’s ring to Meghan? Yep, he gave the emerald cut aquamarine ring to her.

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Princess-Dianas-Ring

First Dance

Harry and Meghan’s first dance was to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”


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First-Dance

Who Was Invited!

There were 600 invitations sent to the royal wedding, but only 200 were invited to the royal reception at the Frogmore House.

Crowd

Crowd

Twins

Keeping with royal tradition, the bride’s wedding procession should be filled with children. Meghan asked her best friend’s twin sons, Brian and John, to hold her veil. They were so adorable!

Twins-Holding-The-Veil

Twins-Holding-The-Veil

45 Million

While this is just an estimate, it is believed the royal wedding cost £31,969,873 price tag (about $45,520,303). Wow!


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45-Million

Fruitcake

One interesting fact is every British royal wedding since Queen Victoria’s 1840 ceremony has served fruitcake. Interesting!

Fruitcake

Fruitcake

Longest Train

While Meghan’s train was an impressive 16.5 feet long, Diana’s was longer! Diana’s had a 25-foot train at her wedding.


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Princess-Dianas-Train

St. George’s Chapel

King Henry I’s marriage to Princess Matilda of Scotland in 1100 was the first royal wedding to take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.

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St-Georges-Chapel

Entertainment

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19-year-old who won BBC Young Musician of the Year, was the official cellist at the wedding.


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Sheku-Kanneh-Mason

32 million

This wedding was more expensive than William and Kate’s! It is estimated their wedding cost $32 million in 2011. Most of the costs went to security.

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Will-and-Kate

18 Million Viewers!

18 million people in the U.K. watched the royal wedding! This is actually less than Will and Kate’s 2011 royal wedding, which had about 24 million viewers in the U.K.


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Wedding-Crowd

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