Everything We Know About Sir & Rumi Carter A Year After Beyoncé Broke The Internet

Today is the first day of Black history month. And one year ago today, another great moment was added to the archive of Black pop culture excellence. Beyoncé actually broke the internet when she announced that she was pregnant with twins. The icon graced everyone’s Instagram timeline with a colorful but ethereal shot that saw her on her knees, cradling her stomach before an immaculate floral arrangement. It would become a historic photo. For 10 months, it was the most liked photo on Instagram, breaking a record previously held by Selena Gomez. As of today, it has 11.2 million likes. And even though world-renowned soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Beyoncé in November, getting 11.3 million likes on a photo of his family after the birth of his fourth child, his picture has not yet had the same cultural impact.

Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement inspired Halloween costumes and recreations galore. Even Bey herself returned to the flowery feels when she announced the birth of the twins — a boy, Sir, and a girl, Rumi. The mere existence of these twins defined the single biggest pop culture moment of 2017. But one year later, what do we actually know about them?

Not much. Despite being a new mom of three, Bey hasn’t slowed down on appearances or Instagram. She is frequently posting pictures, collages, and videos — in sets of three of course — of her looks at various award shows and events. Since the arrival of the new additions, we’ve seen Beyonce, Jay-Z, and their older daughter Blue Ivy living their best life, but there haven’t been anymore official sightings of the twins. But that doesn’t mean we’re left completely in the dark.

In the year since they were announced in utero, this is what we know about Sir and Rumi Carter.

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They were born on June 13, 2017.
When Bey posted a picture of herself cradling her newborns, she confirmed their names and informed us that they were one month old. But ever the mysterious one, Beyoncé posted the photo just a little after midnight on June 14, making it unclear whether or not they were born on the 13 or 14 of June. Thanks to the vigilant snooping of TMZ, a copy of the twins’ birth certificate clarifies they were born on June 13, 2017. Rumi is the big sister to brother Sir, who was born second.
Their names have deeper meanings.
During a radio interview in August, two months after their birthday, the twins’ dad provided some meaning behind their names. Jay-Z told Rap Radar hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian Miller that Rumi is named after their favorite poet, the thirteenth century poet known by the same moniker. As for Sir? “Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.” A wordsmith and a mindset inspired the name behind the most famous twins ever.
They are very different.
Evident from their sexes, Sir and Rumi are fraternal twins. But that isn’t the only thing that separates the two babies. Tina Lawson — affectionately known as Auntie Tina or Mama Tina to all of Black Twitter — described how different their personalities are just last month. She told Us Weekly that Sir “has a stare, like a mean mug, like Jay sometimes.” Meanwhile, Rumi appears to be made of sugar and spice, as she’s “so happy all the time and so sweet.” Bey and Jay might have a hard time getting these two to dress alike down the road.
Their big sister is moving into her new role “like a champ.”
Richard Lawson, Beyoncé’s stepfather, had this to say about big sister Blue Ivy and her new role as the oldest sibling. He said that she is more mature since they’ve arrived. In an ET interview, Lawson said, “She’s only 5, but you can see the transition in terms of her being a little more calm.” The now-6-year-old is apparently more than willing to share her “diva-dom” with the newest members of the Carter family.
They will not be getting the White House treatment like their big sis.
As friends and supporters of the Obamas, it wasn’t uncommon to see the Carters in formation at the White House when the first Black President took office. CNN’s Van Jones reminded Jay-Z of this during a recently televised interview. He wondered if Sir and Rumi would be likely to do the same under our current administration. People reported that Jay answered with a definitive “No… not a chance.”

I already love those twins.
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