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23 Weird Facts The Royal Baby Should Know About Its Family

Where to begin?

1. Hiya Royal Baby! So, this is your great-great-great-grandfather, George V. He’s the one that gave you your surname.

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In 1917, George V changed the family surname to the House of Windsor, from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha due to anti-German public sentiment.

2. He might seem a bit stiff, but he’s actually got a large red and blue tattoo of a dragon on his right arm.

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George V picked up the tattoo while in Japan as a young sailor.

3. Both your grandfather, and your great-great Grandfather (George VI, that’s him down there) were exceptional sportsmen.

They both got into the exclusive Hawks’ Club at Cambridge.

4. Speaking of Cambridge, don’t worry too much about academia.

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Your grandad Prince Charles was the first royal to graduate from Cambridge, and he got a 2:2.

5. Your dad got a 2.1 at University - the highest grade for a royal yet.

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6. Don’t worry that your mum doesn’t come from royal stock. Neither did your great-great granny.

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In 1923, the Queen Mother was the first commoner to marry into the royal family, ending a tradition that had lasted 300 years.

7. Yours is not a tactful family.

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For your great-granny’s wedding, Mahatma Ghandi wove a special piece of cloth.Your great-great Granny’s mother-in-law (Queen Mary) was disgusted by the gift. She thought it was loin cloth, and declared: “It’s a horrible thing”.

8. But you will always be taught to accept gifts graciously.

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In 1961 the Queen was given a gift of a baby crocodile during a state visit to the Gambia. Her Majesty’s private secretary kept it in his tin bath until it could be brought back to the UK.

9. Though you’ll be wealthy, you’ll be expected to scrimp and save.

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Rationing was still in place when Princess Elizabeth married Prince Phillip on 20 November 1947, so the Princess carefully saved her clothing coupons to buy the fabric for her wedding dress.

10. You will be able to bend the rules though.

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In 1929, when only wooden shafts were permitted for golf clubs, David the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) arrived at St Andrews, sporting a set of clubs with steel shafts. The prince was allowed to play with them and the rules changed from that day on.

11. And even though you’re a child, remember that you’ll have to help the country wherever you can.

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Between 1941 and 1944 Princessess Elizabeth and Margaret played the lead roles in pantomines staged in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, to raise money for the Wartime Wool Fund.

12. But you’ll be able to do anything you want - like create your own Girl Guide troop.

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On 6 June 1937, the 1st Buckingham Palace Guide Company was formed for Princess Elizabeth. The company was reformed in 1959 for Princess Anne, and remained active until 1963.

13. Great-granny’s house is pretty big, and you’d better like Scottish pipers.

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A piper plays under the Queen’s window for about 15 minutes from 9am every morning when she is in residence at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyrood or Balmoral.

14. Its plumbing could do with some work though. And we just call it ‘the House’.

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Showers were first installed in Buckingham Palace in 1936, by Edward VIII.

15. And there’s plenty to do at your great-granny’s other place.

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When in Balmoral, the Queen likes to catch the bats that live in the upper reaches of the great hall. She does this with the aid of a footman, and a large net on a long pole.

16. Your great-granny breeds horses btw. Pretty successfully - she won at Ascot this year.

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17. Watch out for your grand-aunt. She was the first senior Royal to get a criminal record.

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In 2002, Princess Anne was fined £500 after her bull terrier bit two boys in Windsor Great Park.

18. We’d avoid getting in the car with your great-granny though. She’s not legally required to own a driving licence.

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19. You’ll bank at Coutts on the Strand. And your chequebook will have a coronet on it.

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20. Oh, and your Grandad? He will not travel without his own white leather toilet seat.

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21. And though your relatives might not be the most emotional bunch.

22. Or the most eloquent.

23. Who else can say their great-granny knows James Bond?

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