The British royal family has plenty of protocols and traditions that dictate everything from what to wear to how affectionate couples can be in public. Of course, when it comes to new additions to the royal family – hello, Lilibet Diana and Lucas Philip – there are rules to follow too. So what are they exactly? Power dressing for the palace: what first ladies wore to meet the queen No quirky names If you’re a member of the royal family and want to name your child X Æ A-XII à la Elon Musk , it’s probably not going to happen. The royal family have always chosen classic names over quirky or unique ones, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. One exception has been Harry and Meghan’s children, both given the less traditional names Archie Harrison and Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Royals at war: inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s clash with the BBC Not just one name – try three or four It’s common for the royal family to give their children three to four names. For example, Prince George’s full name is in fact George Alexander Louis, while Princess Charlotte ’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Meghan and Harry broke tradition once again with their children, who only have one middle name each – Harrison and Diana. What’s inside Meghan Markle’s jewellery box? Royal births are announced on an easel in Buckingham Palace One royal tradition that has truly endured is that staff at Buckingham Palace always display an official announcement on a golden easel following the birth of a new royal baby. The document, usually signed by the palace doctors , is framed and placed in the palace grounds for the public to view. However, Harry and Meghan did break tradition with one detail when they had Archie – the doctors’ signatures were left off the document in a bid to protect the couple’s privacy. The best outfits from Kate Middleton’s Scotland tour (and beyond) The birth is also announced on Instagram In an effort to keep up with the times – and the royal family’s truly global fan base – the palace now also announces royal births on Instagram. Most recently, the royal family posted a statement about Princess Eugenie ’s son. This included a photo of the princess and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. The caption read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9 February 2021, at 0855 hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present.” Alone together: are Harry and Meghan on their own for good? The town crier announces the birth A medieval tradition still upheld by the family, the town crier also formally announces the details of a royal birth to crowds outside the hospital. The tradition, although unofficial, continues to be followed even today. The guide to royal etiquette – according to Prince Charles’ ex-butler Royal birth certificates are publicly available Like any other baby in the UK, the royal baby’s parents must also register its birth certificate, meaning such documents are publicly available. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .