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Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Royal Pregnancies

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3. The British Home Secretary Creeps On Birthing Queens
That tradition continued into the 20th-century, though with considerably less fanfare. Instead of there being a whole circus of people present during labor, just one government official needed to be there to confirm an heir's birth. For example, during the births of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, the British Home Secretary stood outside the door of Queen Elizabeth's birthing room as a spectator, ensuring the births were legitimate. 

Queen Elizabeth II was the first royal to break the tradition when she refused to have spectators during any of her labors.