Prince William’s birth certificate featured above.

My interest in royal families is based on history + genealogy. The stunning (and sometimes awful) hats and clothes and jewelry and stately homes are a bonus.

So while we’re waiting for the easel to go up at Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of the Heir to the Heir to the Heir to the British Throne, here’s Prince William’s birth certificate.

Speaking genealogically, I note that the former Diana Spencer doesn’t have a first name in this record. Interesting. Let’s hope Kate Middleton doesn’t have the same experience.

Here are a few posts on Kate Middleton’s family tree, particularly her shared line with Prince William, her Durham coal-miner ancestors, and her possible descent through Henry VIII.