Issue Date: 06/05/2019
Issue Name: Harry and Meghan - Royal Baby
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On 15th October 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the wonderful news that they were expecting a baby. The couple’s first child, who is seventh in line to the throne, was born on 6th May 2019. The baby is Prince Charles’s fourth grandchild and the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.
Our lovely cover features a stamp from the Royal Wedding miniature sheet and a 'Royal Baby' Windsor postmark on the day of the birth (6th May, 2019). It features an image of the happy couple with their new baby and also includes a special cachet with details of the new edition.
On 6th July 2019, Baby Archie was Christened. To celebrate this, we have double postmarked our Royal Baby covers with our choice of celebration stamp, a special Windsor Christening postmark and a special Christening cachet. These make the perfect pair of covers to celebrate the arrival of the new Royal Baby.
Harry and Meghan
The new royal baby is expected to take the surname Sussex in the same way that Prince William’s children, George, Charlotte and Louis have taken his title, Cambridge, as their last name at school and nursery. The newborn will become the children’s first cousin.
The baby will supersede Prince Andrew in the line of succession, regardless of whether they are a boy or a girl, following a 2011 change in law that granted the same status to sons and daughters. However, as the second son of the current Prince of Wales, Harry’s children are not automatically given the title of prince or princess.
A first son of Harry’s would become Earl of Dumbarton - one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding.
A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor. However, the Queen could make changes to allow Harry and Meghan’s children to be HRHs and princes and princesses.
Bets are already being taken on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s choice of name for their new Prince or Princess, with Diana, Victoria and Alexander among the early favourites.