The Royal Couple's Baby Plans

When Prince William (age 28) and Kate Middleton (age 29) have children, they will be in line for the throne as well. But where in line will they fall? And when might the couple start their family? Find out.

William, Kate & a royal baby

Prince William and Kate Middleton were just married, but there is already talk about their potential children. When might they be born? What will their titles be? Where will they fall in line for the throne?

Potential timeline

When might the royal couple start their family? We asked on Twitter, and heard from Kate/Savour that it probably won't be long. "Relatively quickly. She's not 19. (She's not a crone, but as my OB told me -- not as easy to get pg at 33 as it was at 29)," says Kate. We have to agree… and not just because of the Duchess's age.

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We looked at the time span between marriage and first child's birth for several members of the royal family and found that, more often than not, babies are born soon afterward.

For instance, William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, were married on July 29, 1981, and William was born less than a year later on June 21, 1982. Likewise, William's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married on November 20, 1947, and Charles was born just short of a year later on November 14, 1948.

But not all the royals have such a tight reproductive schedule. Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson were married on July 23, 1986 and had their first child on August 8, 1988 -- just over two years later.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton official engagement photo

Meanwhile, Elizabeth The Queen Mother was married for about three years before giving birth to the Queen. And Prince Charles' other siblings, Anne and Edward, were both married for four years before having children.

All things considered, however, it seems extremely likely that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will start a family within the next year or two.

Baby's first title

The first born son of Prince William and his wife will be born with the titles of both "His Royal Highness" and "Prince." Their other children will be Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.

However, that will change if William's father, Prince Charles, becomes king… though that seems unlikely as of yet.

Succession to the throne

Now, the thing everyone wants to know: Where in the succession line will Prince William and the Duchess's children fall? Right after William, actually. That means that the royals from Prince Harry on will move down the line of succession each time Kate has a baby.

As things stand by law now, the firstborn son of Prince and Princess William will be third in line for the crown behind Prince Charles and Prince William.

Currently, regardless of age, the first-born daughter would fall after her brother or brothers in the line of succession. However, Parliament is seeking to change the law that gives precedence in succession to sons over daughters. Should that be enacted, then Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's children will be third in line and so on by birth order, regardless of sex.

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But first they need to have a baby! When do you think the young Prince and his new bride will have their first new heir to the throne? Any guesses on a boy or a girl? Tell us in the comments below.

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Comments on "Royal baby! When will Prince William and Kate Middleton have kids?"

Sarah M July 08, 2013 | 7:46 PM

Kate's children are not bloodline royal to succession but workingclass hier to MR.MIDDLETON'S Futune children store.Half workingclass and workingclass parent to a monarchy mate .Are never royal monarchy heirs to the crown of Britian.Queen mom and Daiana weren't workingclass bloodlines to the subjects.They were monarchy heirs to Britian,Germany and Polish...Diana was from monarchy parents like the Queen mom who was also monarchy birth (low term royalty).Still at no time was it or is it concered the same as Katherine Middleton workingclass bloodlines...Katherine children will never heir or maintain a royal title to the throne.Diana and Queen mom did.DIANA HAS William THAT MARRIED OUT OF ROYALTY CHIOCE TO GET APPROVED FOR HIS WORKING MATE TO BE TITLE.William children are not full 100% monarchy to be term princess or princess.Let alone hrh......

Ajay July 11, 2012 | 5:21 PM

I dont think Americans would be because they paetrd from Britain long ago through the revolution. I think Canadians are more interested because we still have the Queen as our symbol in some parts and we love Britain because they gave us independence. We didnt have to fight for it. So we respect Britain and therefore we are really excited about them coming here for the ROYAL TOUR.

Somebody May 28, 2012 | 12:58 PM

They could have one any time!

ZoeZoe May 27, 2012 | 3:14 PM

She cant they are adop;ting she has fertility problems their adopted child wont rule though

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Nicole August 27, 2011 | 9:45 PM

She will probably have the baby June 5th,12

Carol July 16, 2011 | 12:45 AM

I believe that their first child will be a girl also as most families that have all boys end up with the first grandchild being a girl. Although I believe that it will take a bit longer than it did with Diana for Kate to become pregnant but it will be in the next year. They will make WONDERFUL parents most definitely.

Riley April 30, 2011 | 6:03 PM

If I had to guess the gender of the 1st baby I'd guess a girl. I guessed the genders of my brother, sister, cousin, and family friend correctly too!

Mary Stewart April 29, 2011 | 3:48 PM

Only God knows when the baby or babies will come into their lives. I pray that is a happy moment for everyone. I am sure the grandparents will welcome the new baby or babies into their lives. They have known each other for almost ten years. So, they have had lots of time to know each other. But, have not had much time as husband and wife. So, let this couple go on the honeymoon and have fun!

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