A royal birth will take place at the IWK Health Centre next month.

The King and Queen of Shambhala — who were married in Halifax in 2006 — will have their first child some time in August.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his queen, the Sakyong Wangmo Khandro Tseyang, are the spiritual leaders of thousands of Shambhala Buddhists

The couple’s personal physician, Mitchell Levy — a professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I., — announced the couple’s plan to have their baby at the IWK in a news release yesterday.

“The health centre’s outstanding reputation for excellence and quality of care and patient safety makes them feel this is the best environment for this happy event,” he said.

The royal couple met at an Indian monastery in 2005 and were married at the Cunard Centre in Halifax June 10, 2006, in a ceremony called “Blossoming of the Sun.”

Their ancestor was the Tibetan King Gesar of Ling, a hero in an epic story still told throughout Asia.