The Royal Wedding is on the horizon. A worldwide audience is preparing to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle in a ceremony many expect will top that of Prince Charles and Diana in the 1980s. Once the wedding is over, don't expect that the audiences will dwindle—for many, Prince William and Kate Middleton are as much celebrities as they are part of the British Royal Family.
For most couples, the first question they hear after a wedding is when a baby will join the family. If the history of the British Royal Family is any indication, we won't have to wait long for a Royal Baby.
Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip
Queen Elizabeth II is the reigning Queen of England. She wed Phillip Mountbatten in November 1947. After their wedding, he took the title of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. The pair had their first son, Prince Charles, in November 1948, almost a year to the day from their wedding. They went on to have three more children (Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward).
Prince Charles & Diana, Princess of Wales
Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the first in line for the throne of England. His first wife was Lady Diana Spencer. Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed on July 21, 1981. The pair announced their pregnancy in November of the same year, less than four months after they wed. Prince William, their eldest son, was born in June, 1982, about a month before their first wedding anniversary. Their second son, Prince Harry, arrived two years later.
Princess Anne & Captain Mark Phillips
Princess Anne is the second child and eldest daughter of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. She has two children from her first marriage to Capt. Mark Phillips. Their son, Peter, was born four years after their wedding, and their daughter arrived three years after that.
Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York
Prince Andrew (the Duke of York) is the third child and the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. He married Sarah Ferguson in July, 1986. The pair had their first child, a daughter Beatrice, in 1988, less than two years after their wedding. They had a second daughter, Eugenie, two years later.
Prince Edward & Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex
Prince Edwards is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. He wed Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999. The pair has two children, Louise born in 2003 and Viscount Severn born in 2007.
Based on the history of the Royal Family, it stands to reason that the public won't have to wait more than a couple of years (if that) before Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome their own Royal Baby into the world.