The wait is over for Beyoncé's fans.
Sir and Rumi, her twins with husband Jay-Z, were born in June. For the past month, the world has anxiously awaited a first glimpse of the babies.
Early Friday, Beyoncé finally graced them with a photo, posted to her Instagram account. It shows her holding the twins and has the caption, "Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today."
It's unclear whether the caption means the photograph was taken one month ago or the children were born one month ago. The couple did not officially announce the birth, although in late June several outlets, such as CNN and E!, reported the twins had been born, citing anonymous sources.
Beyoncé appears to be in a seaside garden of sorts. Climbing roses clinging to a lattice create a colorful halo around the barefoot pop star's head. A flowing blue veil adorns her blond locks. Held closely to her chest, wrapped in floral swaddling, are two small infants: Sir and Rumi.
The photograph is in keeping with her pregnancy announcement, which she posted to Instagram on Feb. 1 with the caption, "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters." It remains the most liked post on Instagram, clocking in at 11 million "likes" as of early Friday.
Beyoncé was also surrounded by a halo of flowers in that photo, and she wore a similar transparent veil.
These similar features might be metaphorical. As The Washington Post's Anne Midgette wrote of the announcement photograph, "Flowers stand in for the mystery of life and death and fertility and fecundity; the veil, like her belly, simultaneously exposes and conceals; and every bit of the image pulses with symbolic potential."
Both photographs may also contain religious undertones. After all, as The Post's Katie Mettler wrote, Beyoncé maternity photos filled her personal website, interspersed with lines such as, 'Mother has one foot in this world and one foot in the next, mother black Venus,' and 'Venus has flooded me.'"
Much of the Internet's swift reaction to the photo shared Friday was expected: unabashed, giddy excitement with some defensiveness of the twins sprinkled in.
Imagine asking me to do anything at work tomorrow but stare at Beyoncé and her twins all day
- Ira Madison III (@ira) July 14, 2017
how did beyoncé both cure my depression and also give me insomnia
- Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) July 14, 2017
That moment when one notification can make your heart skip a beat. Welcome Sir Carter and Rumi! @Beyonce@instagram
- Zack Tremblay (@ZackTremblay) July 14, 2017
LEMME CALL OFF WORK NOW THAT SIR CARTER AND RUMI ARE HERE, IM ON MATERNITY LEAVE
- finn baelor (@potaylortots) July 14, 2017
But many people were confused by Beyoncé's caption. Why did it read "Sir Carter and Rumi" rather than "Sir and Rumi Carter," they desperately wanted to know. After all, if his name is "Sir Carter" then his full name would be "Sir Carter Carter," right?
Is it Sir Carter or Sir Carter Carter
- ree (@twiceharmonys) July 14, 2017
Beyoncé wrote "Sir Carter and Rumi" not "Sir and Rumi Carter" so is Rumi not a Carter or is Sir Carter Sir Carter Carter?
What: Willie Nelson and Family
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 2
Where: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Information: 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org.