A Letter to the New Future King
Dear little Prince,
Today there was much fanfare in the world, because you, the future king, have been born. Your life is destined to be surrounded by all the pomp and circumstance that goes with being the future king. Every move you make will be scrutinized by the people; every milestone reported on by the press; every appearance out in the public will be broadcast on YouTube. It will be difficult for you, as it was for your beautiful grandmother, to just go out and live your life without reporters stalking you. For that inescapable part of your fate, I am sorry.
Unlike the common folk, you will not be able to choose the job for which you are destined for. Your job as sovereign will be to represent, uphold, and unify your country. You will be the Head of State, and the Head of the Church of England. Expectations will be high. Some days it will probably seem a burden to be the future king when all you want to do is veg out and play PS3 with your friends.
I am sure your mum and dad will do their very best to raise you with the values that are most important to them and their family. I don't know very much about them, but they do seem to be quite sensible people. They have a lot to live up to, but they also have a lot going for them. Your granddad, and then your father will be king before you, so you will have plenty of time to watch and learn.
Someday when you become king, you will understand that all eyes will be on you. Even though you will not be a political leader like your Prime Minister, the people will want to look where you are looking, and to go where you are going. It will be up to you to choose the right direction, not only for yourself, but to lead your people as well. You will share in your people's trials and troubles, as well as their successes and triumphs. It will be a challenging road at times, for the duty of a true king is not to be served, but to serve his people. It is a role that can fill you with great heartache and also great joy.
Remember that you are but a mortal and vulnerable as we are. We shall try to remember that of you, and allow you to grow up making mistakes, falling down, screwing up, and learning to get back up again, as we all do. Throughout your life, if you show humility and integrity, the tabloids will have less material to work with and they will have to make stuff up. You will have the example of your father and mother and all the kings and queens before you to help guide you.
"We can be the kings and queens of anything if we believe
It's written in the stars that shine above
A world where you and I belong, where faith and love will keep us strong
Exactly who we are is just enough"
There's A Place for Us - Narnia soundtrack
"that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and one earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of the Father." Philippians 2:10
One True King
You should also know that there is one King that walked this earth for a time and did it perfectly. He taught people by his words and example. Without any political power, it was his job to lead people into the light. He helped countless souls get back on their feet. He was an advocate for the needy and oppressed. He spent his whole life fulfilling his duty, showing obedience, doing everything that was asked of him. When he needed to be harsh and blunt, he was. When he needed to be gentle and merciful, he did that as well. He showed love and served his people unto death. In many places and in many nations he is known as the one true King.
When you are old enough, your parents will probably take you to the family church, where you will hear a bit more about this King. Listen to what he has to say, it will be worth it. He wrote a book with some advice in it, and he got some other old kings to help record various wise teachings and helpful proverbs. If you let this perfect King guide you, it will most certainly make a difference, to all of us and to yourself.
Right after you were born, your parents didn't let anyone know what you were to be named. For a time, everyone was waiting and wondering in suspense to learn what they would call you. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is a fine English name, a name fit for a child of kings. Someday one of your many titles will be the "Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England." But a faith in name only is an empty faith. It is my prayer that your true faith will take root and blossom.
If you decide to trust and follow that other King, you will acquire yet another new name, and it will be your most important one: Child of the One True King.
Matthew West, Hello My Name Is...
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