With the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s first child, the royal baby, regardless of gender, takes its place as third in line to the throne. He or she will be called His or Her Royal Highness. This is a new idea in part. Never before has a female born to the Prince of Wales been titled Her Highness. The new title, set in law by Queen Elizabeth II this year, is a break from tradition, and the British Monarchy is loaded with tradition and history: Since 1066 and the reign of William the Conquer there have been 41 British monarchs.
But history is boring and old and royal babies are new and exciting. Lets combine the two – royal babies through history. Here are photos and paintings of some memorable modern monarchs – from roly-poly Victoria, who gave us the stuffy term “Victorian,” to second in line to the throne today, young William.