Why This Royal Baby Is 'Historic'
She will keep her spot in line to the throne, regardless of next child's gender
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2015 8:34 AM CDT
In this Friday, March, 27, 2015 file photo Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge attend an event in London.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant , Filel)

(Newser) – Britain is going wild over the princess many (including Prince Charles) were hoping for—and as USA Today notes, the royal baby girl born this morning to Prince William and wife Kate is also making history because of her gender. Due to recent revisions to the rules of succession, this little one—fourth in line to the British throne—will actually keep her spot in line even if Wills and Kate have another male child, making her the first female royal heir in almost 1,000 years to do so. Speaking of third babies, within minutes of the official royal baby announcement, the Telegraph was already wondering, "After baby number two, will Kate have a third child?" The paper explains that Kate, 33, has reportedly told friends her goal is to have three children before she hits 35.

But before that, what to expect in the immediate future: USA Today reports that Kate will likely spend at least one night in the hospital, during which period she may be visited by her and William's families—as well as, possibly, the couple's first child, Prince George, who is not often seen in public. When she is ready to leave, Prince William may drive the newly-expanded family home to Kensington Palace after first posing for pictures for the crowd gathered outside the hospital, as he did last time around. They'll likely spend a few days at the palace, then go to Anmer Hall, their country retreat, where Kate's mom Carole Middleton is expected to help with the baby. As for the first pictures after the hospital departure, last time, the family released some casual shots soon after Prince George was born. And then the royal christening will be held in about three months, at which time godparents will be revealed; click to see pictures of George's christening.