The Royal Family postponed the registration of their new royal infant in order to avoid the superstitious number 13.
According to a royal specialist, the Royal Family opted to postpone Princess Margaret’s birth registration in order to avoid her being placed as number 13 in the parish register.
The birth registration of Princess Margaret was reportedly postponed for several days in order to avoid the newborn being placed as number 13 in the parish register. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen’s younger sister, was born on a stormy evening at Glamis Castle in Scotland, her mother’s ancestral home. Since King Charles I’s birth in 1600, she was the first royal to be born in Scotland.
“On August 21st, 1930, Princess Margaret Rose Windsor was born in Glamis Castle, the first royal to be born in Scotland in 300 years, which feels like a really momentous deal,” royal expert Roberta Fiorita said on the podcast Royally Obsessed.
“Glamis was the ancestral house of her mother, the Duchess of York, who later became Queen Elizabeth, so it was particularly pleasant for her to be present at the birth of her second daughter at the area where she grew up.
“Her birth registration was postponed for several days to avoid her being assigned the number 13 in the parish registry.
“I found that amusing; it’s quite superstitious!”
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Princess Margaret was fourth in line to the British throne at the time of her birth, behind her older sister Princess Elizabeth.
Her father was the Duke of York, King George V’s and Queen Mary of Teck’s second eldest son.
“I am extremely excited to call her Ann Margaret, as I think Ann of York sounds charming, and Elizabeth and Ann go so well together,” the Duchess of York wrote in a letter to Queen Mary, her mother.
Members of the Royal Family must share their preferred name for any royal children with the monarch before disclosing it to the public, according to royal custom.
King George V, on the other hand, favoured the name Margaret Rose and disliked the name Ann.
While it was not intended that the Duke of York would replace his father to the throne, the abdication crisis of 1936 prompted the Duke to step in and become King.