Rumi and Sir Carter Made a Surprise Appearance in Beyoncé's "Black Is King"

McKenzie Jean-Philippe
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From Oprah Magazine

Guys, we're getting spoiled because with the release of Beyoncé's latest visual album, Black Is King, we've gotten to see Blue Ivy Carter a lot lately. As the daughter of the ultra-private power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, opportunities to see the 8-year-old are few and far in-between.

But thanks to the The Lion King remake (which Bey stars in) we've seen Blue Ivy on the red carpet and in multiple music videos for the Homecoming star's single "Spirit," "Brown Skin Girl," and more. But the Carter kids we haven't seen much of? Three-year-old twins Rumi and Sir Carter. Our latest delightful sighting of Rumi (and unfortunately not Sir) was in Black is King's "Brown Skin Girl." Showcasing three generations: Queen Bey, her mom Tina Knowles, Blue Ivy, and Rumi all posed for a quick snap in matching floral frocks.

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We shouldn't be surprised that the Carter twin sightings are rare, as we've only started to "get to know" Blue Ivy in the last couple of years. But there have been a couple moments where we caught a glimpse of the precious pair and we are forever grateful. But as we wait with bated breath for Bey and Jay to show the babies off, we'll take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about the times we've seen (and heard about) Rumi and Sir.

February 2017: Beyoncé announced her pregnancy with that Instagram post.

In an unforgettable pregnancy announcement—that could only rival when Bey revealed she was pregnant with Blue Ivy at the 2011 MTV VMAS—the queen broke the internet when she revealed she was expecting twins in an ultra-stylized Instagram post. Adorned in a green veil and donning maroon and blue lingerie in-front of a bouquet of flowers, it was the most-liked post on the photo sharing site that year, and has gone on to be repeatedly replicated, but never duplicated.

"We would like to share our love and happiness," she wrote. "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."

Later that month, she dazzled audiences at Grammys with her first performance post-pregnancy announcement. Introduced by her mother, Tina Knowles, she sang a medley of two singles from her album, Lemonade: "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles." Catch the breathtaking moment above.

June 2017: The twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, were born.

In mid-June, People magazine confirmed through a source that Jay and Bey had welcomed their twins. The songstress' father, Mathew Knowles, made the news official with a celebratory tweet at the time. "They're here!" he wrote, alongside an image that said "Happy Birthday to the twins!"

Nearly a month later, the magazine obtained birth certificates confirming the babies' birthday and names. They were born on June 13, and the little girl's name was Rumi and the boy's was Sir.

"Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter," Jay-Z said in an interview for his streaming service Tidal. "Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir."

According to People, both names—"Rumi Carter" and "Sir Carter"—were given a U.S. trademark, just like their older sister Blue Ivy.

On July 14, Beyoncé shook Insta again by posting the first-ever photo of her newborns. The snap was similar to her maternity announcement, as she was surrounded by florals and wearing a dramatic, pastel-colored veil.

"Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾" she wrote.

July 2017: Tina Knowles reveals how Blue Ivy was adapting to big sisterhood.

Though she was light on the details, Knowles gave a little bit of insight into how the new family of five was adjusting, calling it "a wonderful experience" when speaking with Entertainment Tonight. She then continued to give a fun tidbit about Blue Ivy's role as older sister.

"She's very proud and very excited," she said. "She's a good big sister, she really is. She cares for them a lot."

July 2018: We see the first official photos of the twins since their birth.

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Despite sneaky paparazzi snapping pics of the babies in late 2017, Bey and Jay maintained the children's privacy until a year after they were born. On her website, to the delight of fans everywhere, they finally revealed photos of the 13-month old Geminis.

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The photos were taken while the family was on a vacation in Europe. In one, you see the Lion King star holding the two kids on her lap, with a happy looking Rumi on the right and a relaxed Sir on the left. In the other you see Jay holding Rumi's hand as the father-daughter duo gaze out at the water from a yacht deck. Final thoughts? They're absolutely adorable—as if we expected any less.

August 2018: Beyoncé writes in Vogue that she had an emergency C-section to give birth to the twins.

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In a rare display of candor, for her Vogue September cover story, the A-lister penned a personal essay about the struggles associated with her second pregnancy (she opened up again in her Netflix documentary "Homecoming") causing her to be rushed to surgery. She wrote:

I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU... I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.

She went on to explain that due to both the pregnancy and the surgery, she had to accept her new body by embracing her curves and self-love. And in a line that delighted the Beyhive she confessed, " little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be."

December 2018: Beyoncé shares photos of Rumi and Sir in time for Christmas.

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Just days before the holidays fans were blessed with yet another set of photos from Bey, again shared on her website. This time the pictures were from a family vacation to South Asia, according to E!

In one, the babies are sitting side-by-side on the shores of a beach, while in another Bey is holding Rumi who appears to be gripping a shell. The photos are beautiful, candid, and oh-so-sweet.

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February 2019: Tina Knowles opens up about the Rumi and Sir's personalities.

Thanks to Ms. Tina, we were given another sweet tidbit about the twins when their grandmother opened up to Us Weekly.

"The girl is really just going to rule the world, and the boy is kind of laid back and chills like the dad,” she said about their respective personalities. She even went on to sat that Blue Ivy was "the Queen B. The second Queen B.”

We don't doubt it.

January 2020: The Carters release a holiday card.

To ring in the new year, on January 1st, Bey shared a video recapping 2019. And we got not one, but two exclusive glimpses at Rumi and Sir. The first occurs around the 52-second mark, which shares a moment from their second birthday party in June. And the last (and our favorite) is a beautiful photo of all five members of the Carter family with a message reading "Happy Holiday."

July 2020: Rumi appears in Beyoncé's Disney+ visual album, Black Is King.

As we mentioned above, 3-year-old Rumi makes a brief appearance during the "Brown Ski Girl" music video alongside her sister, mother, and grandmother. You can catch and adorable clip below.

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