Strange facts about the U.K. royal birth tradition

AFP-JIJI

Some things you might not have known about the little future monarch:

Genealogists say the baby is distantly related to Dracula, the 15th-century prince who inspired Bram Stoker’s famous vampire. Experts have also traced the family tree back to an Islamic sultan who is believed to be descended from the Prophet Mohammed.

Finland has gifted William and Kate with a special “baby box” received by all expectant mothers in the Nordic country, which includes infant clothing, bra pads and even condoms.

World landmarks including Niagara Falls, Toronto’s CN Tower and the fountains at London’s Trafalgar Square were turned blue to celebrate the birth of the boy. They would have been turned pink to celebrate a girl.

The journalists camped outside Kate’s hospital were almost crying with boredom after a three-week wait, but it was a different story when William was born in 1982. His mother, Princess Diana, fooled the press by telling them her son was due on July 1 — he arrived 10 days earlier, catching the newspapers completely off guard.

The baby already has its own Wikipedia page: “Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has knitted a kangaroo soft toy for the baby.