The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are soon going to become parents as they prepare to welcome their first child into the world any day.
Thereâs been much speculation surrounding the impending birth, with some questioning what surname the baby will take and whether or not the duchess will give birth in the Lindo Wing of St Maryâs Hospital.
One of the biggest questions on everyoneâs lips is what the baby will be called, whether itâs a boy or a girl. But how much say do the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have on the matter?
Hereâs everything you need to know about how a royal baby is named:
What names are being considered for the royal baby?
If you take a look at the British royal family tree, you can see that the monarchy tends to stick to tradition when naming babies.
The most popular name for baby boys in the royal family is Albert, while the most common name among royal baby girls is Victoria.
Since Queen Victoriaâs birth in 1819, there have been 12 royal babies named Albert in the family, while there have been nine Victorias over the past two centuries.
Itâs expected that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will follow in the footsteps of their relatives by giving their baby a traditional name.
However, they may choose to depart from tradition, considering theyâre further from the throne than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
âThe further down the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or untraditional name,â said Carolyn Harris, professor of history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and author of Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting.
On betting website Skybet, the odds of the duke and duchess naming their first child Isabella, James or Victoria is 10-1.
Diana is also a top choice among betters, with current odds of 12-1.
Does the royal baby name have to be approved by the Queen?
While itâs the Queenâs decision whether or not the baby will be bestowed with a royal title, the decision over the babyâs first name is a more informal discussion, royal commentator Kate Williams explained.
âThe Queen has the power to say what their title is,â Williams said, when discussing the imminent birth of Prince Louis in April 2018. âBut in the case of names, it is more of an informal conversation.
âOf course they have such respect for the Queen that if she says âI really donât like that name,â theyâd definitely take that into account.â