The BBC website has reported that about 2200 babies are born each day in the United Kingdom meaning that the Prince of Cambridge, our future king, has been born in a baby boom era, the most significant since 1971.
The young prince, third in line to the throne, is in the majority across England, where the figure for white British babies is 65%, and 73% of new-borns are described as “white”.
However, his parents are married which puts him in the minority as most babies born in the UK are born outside of marriage or in a civil partnership.
In the borough of Westminster, only 25% of babies are born outside of marriage and it has been reported on the BBC website that three-quarters of all babies born at St Mary’s in Paddington are likely to have parents who are married.
Westminster has one of the lowest fertility rates in Britain and women in child-rearing age are expected to have 1.37 children in the borough.
When it comes to names, Daniel is the most popular boy’s name in London and the across the rest of the country, Harry tops the charts. For girls, it is Isabella in London and Amelia across England and Wales.
The royal baby, weighing in at 8lb 6oz, is larger than the average, although the average birth weight of UK babies is increasing – 7lb 8oz for boys and 7lb 4oz for girls (up 1½oz). The average birth weight for babies who are delivered at full term is 8lbs 2 oz.
At 31, the Duchess of Cambridge reflects the average for a married woman having her first baby (30.7). In 1971, the age was 24. Among women of Kate’s age, 55% have had at least one baby.
At 31 too, Prince William is also in the majority as 65% of babies are born in the UK are to dads over 30.
Being a royal baby means that, in many ways, he’s far from the average baby. For instance, his birth will be celebrated with a 41 gun salute (not all babies can say that), and as well as being head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England, and the head of state of 16 countries he will also be head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations and two billion citizens.
Royal baby or not, he’s just as special and unique as the other 2200 babies born on the same day and we, at MadeForMums, wish them all well.