The gender is never announced ahead of time.
Home births were the norm.
Now they usually take place at a hospital.
The babies get wrapped in special blankets.
A LOT of midwives and doctors participate.
The royals popularized obstetric anesthesia.
The births used to require a witness.
Fathers weren't present for the delivery.
Now they have to take paternity leave.
The monarch must be notified first.
Buckingham Palace posts a notice of the birth.
And a town crier announces it.
The royals have to register their births.
The parents chose at least 3 names.
They use different surnames.
Descendants along the female line don't get titles.
Male heirs used to get preference.
There's also an order of precedence.
The royals receive tons of baby gifts.
The Tower of London sets off a 62-gun salute.
Another park fires off 41 more guns.
Landmarks light up in honor of the birth.
The baby appears in public almost immediately.
The Archbishop of Canterbury baptizes the baby.
The christenings use a special water.
They also use a special christening gown.
And always the same bowl.
A lot of godparents attend.
Babies can now go on tour right away.
Nannies do a lot of caretaking.