Sorry Kate but the Queen won't be woken for news of baby #2.

One does not arise before the hour of 8am and therefore, The Royal Baby news shall remain hidden until one is well-rested.

Anyone waiting with bated breath for the arrival of Royal Baby Number 2 (will he/she be born on the Queen’s birthday today?) should exhale now because if commoner-turned-royal Kate Middleton gives birth between the hours of 10pm and 8am GMT, no announcement will be made until after the Queen has arisen.

That means if Kate Middleton has her baby between the hours of 8am and 6pm EST, us antipodeans will remain in the dark. The Queen must know first, (one MUST know first) but the knowledge of a new great grandchild will not be allowed to disturb the royal slumber.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton in South London in March. Image via Getty Images

The 89-year-old monarch does not arise until 8am – not even for her grandchild – and understandably, Kate and William will be informing the Queen of the new royal spawn before any of us plebs hear about it.


According to People, a royal source says members of both Kate’s and William’s families will be informed of the birth before it’s announced to the media, and “processes like that can take some time”.

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At 89 today, the Queen deserves her rest. Image via Getty Images

Read more: The beautiful thing Kate Middleton is (possibly) doing to honour Princess Diana.

You might not realise but after tiny baby Prince George was born, the announcement was delayed four hours for the Queen’s beauty sleep. The new wee royal’s birth will be announced in an email to journalists, and then tweeted from the official Kensington Palace Twitter account. #RoyalBaby2

Check out our Prince George gallery to see the chubbiest-cheeked (so far) royal’s cutest moments.