The royal tradition Prince William and Prince George could stray from when they are King is revealed

Prince William and Prince George
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The royal tradition Prince William and Prince George could stray from when they are King has been revealed.

  • Prince William and Prince George could stray away from the royal tradition of having two birthdays when they become King.
  • The Duke of Cambridge and his son are second and third in line to the throne respectively, but their birthdays are already in the warmer months of June and July.
  • This royal news (opens in new tab) comes as Prince Harry’s sweet gesture to Kate Middleton after Lilibet was born (opens in new tab) is revealed.

Prince William and Prince George could scrap the royal tradition of having two birthdays when they become King.

It's thought that the two Princes, who are second and third in line to the throne respectively when it comes to royal succession (opens in new tab), are more likely to forego the traditional two birthdays when they become King as their actual birthdays fall in the warmer months, unlike the Queen's official birthday which is April.

Her majesty currently celebrates her birthday twice a year (opens in new tab) - the first on 21st April and the second on 12th June which is celebrated with Trooping the Colour (opens in new tab). But it wasn't the Queen who started the tradition, as for many years a British monarch has chosen to have two birthdays.

The queen, Trouping the colour

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King Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910, had his birthday fall in November - and since it's a month known to forecast bad weather, he opted to publicly celebrate his birthday in the summer instead.

And the Queen's father, King George VI, also chose to celebrate his birthday in the summer instead of December and it's a tradition Queen Elizabeth II has kept going during her reign. Her son Charles, who is next in line to the throne, is likely to continue the tradition too as his birthday is in November so he might decide to keep birthday celebrations in June like his mother when he becomes King (opens in new tab).

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But with William's birthday falling on 21st June, it's unlikely that he would have two summer celebrations so close together.

And his son, Prince George (opens in new tab) could easily follow suit to avoid this tradition during his own reign. The youngster, aged seven, is already preparing for his King role.

It's likely that when he becomes King he will have a new title (opens in new tab) before his name.