If you thought a royal birth certificate might be fancier than usual—say, hand-printed in gold ink on ivory card stock—think again. Turns out, when royals are born, they get a plain old birth certificate just like the rest of us. Well, almost.
On Tuesday, Prince Louis's birth certificate was released, and for the most part, it looks exactly the same as a regular one, except for two small details: Under "occupation" for his mom and dad, Kate Middleton and Prince William, it reads "Princess of the United Kingdom" and "Prince of the United Kingdom." And for "name and surname," all three royals are listed under their full royal titles. This means Prince Louis is listed as "His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge," Prince William goes by "His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Duke of Cambridge," and Kate Middleton is ID'd as "Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge."
Otherwise, it has the usual info. The document, which was registered on Tuesday, states that Prince Louis was born on April 23, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Westminster, that his sex is male, and that he lives at Kensington Palace London W8 4PU. It also bears Prince William's signature, which is exactly as aristocratic as you'd expect.
The then-unnamed Prince Louis's birth was announced via Kensington Royal's Twitter account last Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs," read the tweet. "The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."
Then, on Thursday, Prince William joked that he was still "working on" the baby name, but a day later, Kensington Palace stated that "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles." Now it's official, so no take backs, William!