Royal Twins - Are Will and Kate Having Twins?

Twins in Royalty

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Greets Twins, April 2014. Anthony Devlin - Pool/Getty Images

The claims made by tabloid magazines are frequent and outlandish, and often blatantly false. Claims regarding pregnancy -- and twin pregnancy -- are common. (See this list of celebrities who are NOT having twins, despite tabloid stories that indicate otherwise.)

Is Kate Middleton Having Twins?

Royalty are a popular target for tabloid discussion, and recently rumors have erupted that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting twin girls.

Within months of the birth of Baby George in July 2013, reports claimed that Kate and William were expanding their family. Despite the fact that month after month passed by with no evidence of pregnancy -- much less twins -- rumors persist. In May 2014, OK Magazine sported a cover claiming that Kate’s pregnancy was confirmed and revealed by William to be twin girls. In September 2014, the royal family confirmed that Kate was expecting another baby. The rumors escalated later in the month.when a betting firm in York received a drastic increase in wagers betting on the arrival of a royal duo, causing speculation that someone had leaked access to inside information.  However, the birth of a single princess --  Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge -- on May 2, 2015 put the rumors of royal twins to rest for the time being. Less than a year later, the rumors were flying again. OK Magazine featured a cover story in February 2016, proclaiming that Kate was pregnant with twin girls.

Yet no evidence surfaced to support the claim. Sounds like more wishful thinking!

The idea of royal twins often arouses curiosity and speculation because of the issue of primogeniture, the principle that firstborn male children have the right to inheritance. Although many modern monarchies have amended their laws on primogeniture to allow female descendants to rule, a set of royal twins would present an interesting challenge in determining who would be next in line for the throne.

 On the surface, the firstborn twin would get that right, but birth order can be tricky with twins. Sometimes external circumstances influence which baby arrives first. (For example, if the babies are delivered by cesarean section, which is certainly not an uncommon occurrence in a twin or multiple pregnancy.)

Royal Twins: Other Incidences of Twins in Royalty​

Though there’s no way to know whether that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will ever have twins, there have been other instances of royal twins, both historically and in the present day. Perhaps the best known in recent memory are the Danish fraternal twins born in 2011, Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Princess Josephine Sofia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark. They are the third and fourth children of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik, the eldest son of Queen Margrethe II.

Other twins include:

  • Prince Louis, Duke of Anjou, has twin sons: Louis and Alphonse, born in 2010. The prince is has ties to both the King of Spain and the defunct French throne. His son Louis has been given the title of Duke of Burgundy and Alphonse holds the title of Duke of Berry. 
  • Masako, Crown Princess of Japan has younger sisters that are twins. 
  • Princess Claire and Prince Laurent of Belgium have twin sons, Prince Nicolas Casimir Marie and Prince Aymeric Auguste Marie, born in 2005.  
  • From Bulgaria, Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, Duke of Saxony and his wife María García de la Rasilla y Gortázar have boy/girl twins born in 1999. 
  • Jordanian royal twins Princes Aisha and Princes Sara bint Al Faisal were born in 1997. 
  • Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia were born in 1982. They are second and third in line to the throne, after their oldest brother. The Yugoslav royal family has a history of twins, with one family boasting two sets born within five years of each other in 1958 and 1963. 
  • Iran: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919–1980) and Princess Ashraf Pahlavi (1919–)
  • France: Jacques, duc d'Orléans and Michel, comte d'Evreux (1941–)
  • Austria: Archduchess Michaela and Archduchess Monika (1954–)
  • Luxembourg: Prince Jean and Princess Margaretha (1957–)
  • Brazil:  Princess Maria Teresa and Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza (1959–)
  • The Netherlands: Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi and Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma (1972–)

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