July 8, 2013 at 4:11 PM ET
The next royal baby in England has yet to be born, but already has been bestowed the title of prince or princess, according to Buckingham Palace officials.
The firstborn child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will get a newly created title upon its arrival. The baby will be known as His or Her Royal Highness, Prince or Princess of Cambridge.
The infant will be third in line to the British throne, after Prince William and his father, Prince Charles.
Neither the Duke nor Duchess claim to know the gender of their child, who is expected to arrive within days. Earlier this year, however, Queen Elizabeth took steps to update a century-old rule to make it easier to grant the child the title “princess” if she is a girl. Otherwise, a daughter would have only been allowed to receive the title, “lady.”
The baby will be delivered at St. Mary’s hospital, the same London facility where William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born.