Royal baby - HRH Prince George of Cambridge
The Royal baby - His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge
George Alexander Louis is the latest prince to be born into the British Royal family. On May 2nd, 2015, he was joined by a sister,Princess CHarlotte.
He was christened at St James Palace on October 23rd.
The baby was born at 4.24 pm (UK time) on 22 July, 2013. The little boy weighed 8lbs 6oz. Reports said that dad, Prince William, was present at the birth and that he called the Queen, his father, his brother Harry and the Middleton grandparents directly. It was reported that mum and baby were doing well
At around 5.45 am on July 22, 2013, Clarence House sent a message via Twitter saying that the Duchess of Cambridge had traveled to St. Mary's Hospital in London in the early stages of labor. This little boy is the heir to the throne and has an illustrious lineage indeed. Here's the royal lineage:
William's father: Prince Charles
Prince Charles' mother: Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth's father: George VI
George VI's father: George V
George V's father: Edward VII
Edward VII's mother: Queen Victoria
Images from Wikipedia Commons. Graphic above © Tropical Sun Design.
By the time he was one year old, young George had made nine public appearances. Even though his parents are conscientious about giving him a 'normal' life and retaining his privacy, they still realise that the public long to see him.
His first appearance, of course, was in his mother's arms outside the hospital when he was just a few hours old. We then saw a family photograph taken by his grandfather Middleton. A few months later, he was christened and it wasn't long before his royal duties commenced.
Already, he has been to Australia and New Zealand. Turning one year old on July 22nd, 2014, he's already walking under his own steam and - I have to say - looking like his dad. It seems that Britain is going to have another handsome prince.
The registration of the birth
Clarence House tweeted this image on August 2nd., 2013. I love the descriptions of the parents' occupations!
July 22, 2013
July 22, 2013. 4.24pm UK time
Several hours after the Duchess had gone to the hospital - everything was going well, according to news releases - it was announced that the traditional way of announcing the birth has actually been changed. Evidently, the announcement will be sent out to officials by email.
8.29pm. UK time.It was announced that a formal update will be sent - by email - very shortly. The Duchess had now been in the hospital for about fourteen hours. Just a few minutes later it was revealed that their baby, a healthy boy, had been born a few hours previously. The couple decided to spend time bonding with their new son before the announcement. London seems to be going wild!
News during the pregnancy
Sunday July 21st ... bookmakers have announced that they will no longer accept bets on the date.
Newspapers and websites continue to have fun reporting .... nothing. Because the couple are currently staying with Kate's parents, speculation was rife that the baby would be born in the local hospital instead of in London, as planned. It has been suggested that this was intended all along as a ruse to fool the media and the horde of reporters who are currently camping out outside the London hospital. However, latest reports 'reveal' that the couple are now heading towards the capital
As we wait, the American new sites continue to speculate about names and features the Duchess' maternity fashion styles. The British papers though are headlining a story about the supermarket that is local to the couple's home. In the UK, parking spaces which are nearest to store entrances are designated for the disabled and for 'parent and baby'. The latter are designated with stick figures of a couple with a child. One of these has had crowns added to the figures along with the words 'HRH Reserved'. To complete this lovely publicity stunt, a guy dressed as a royal guardsman protects the area. I love it...
The speculation continues! News websites (and I have to say, especially American ones) are writing just about anything they can think of during this waiting period until they have any real news to report. The latest dates speculation is due to step-mum-in-law Camilla who said that they were hoping for news by the end of the week. 'Hoping', note. On the other hand, the other granny-to-be, Kate's mother, has said that the baby will be a Leo - indicating that the due date is actually after the 22nd...
Yet another due date expected by the British public has passed by. On July 14th, a date favored by many, William was a hundred miles away from London, playing polo with his brother, Harry. This indicated that Kate has had no 'early warning signs' as yet.
I have just read a report about pregnancy cravings .... and it seems that Kate's absolutely favorite pregnancy food has been vegetarian curry. All I can say is YAY!
Punters are now favoring Saturday 13th July and the speculation regarding the name is edging towards Elizabeth. However, we have to remember that the palace never revealed a due date, simply saying that the baby was expected in July. And it's not unusual for women to go three weeks beyond a due date ...
Well, the most popular date for the arrival (July 11th) has now gone by with no baby. Now we are definitely playing the waiting game...
Speculators are now wondering whether Kate will be one of the many women these days who are 'too posh to push'. It seems amazing to me, but evidently many women today have elective Caesarians so that they don't have to 'suffer' the birth itself. Piffle! I firmly believe that the duchess will give birth as naturally as possible.
Regarding the name, I just changed my mind .... Caroline!
Will they wake the Queen? To conform to British Royal protocol, the Queen will be the first person to be told about the birth, followed by the Prime Minister and of course, Kate's family. However, babies tend to have a habit of being born in the middle of the night. What will happen? The Queen is in her late eighties - will she be awoken to be informed? Or will she be told at breakfast? If you hear that there has been several hours delay between the birth and the announcement, that will be the reason why!
Will we have our new prince or princess tomorrow? Bookmakers say that the date the majority of people are favoring is Thursday, July 11th ... we shall see ....
How will the news be announced? Reports say that when Kate goes into the hospital, this will be made public from Buckingham Palace. I follow the British Monarchy account on Twitter so I imagine that in addition to a more traditional announcement, this will also be announced via social media. Traditionally when a royal baby is born, a printed notice is posted outside the palace. I expect this tradition to continue but it will be interesting to see how modern technology plays its part. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the latest news from the palace.
With William and Kate's baby just a few days away, Buckingham Palace has announced that another royal couple, Mike and Zara Tindall, will welcome their first child early in 2014. Zara is William's cousin; the daughter of Princess Anne. Mike and Zara are probably my favorite royal couple - he is a noted rugby player and she is a successful equestrian. Their child too will have Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as his or her great-grandparents.
Just two weeks before the due date, British betting shops were reporting that an estimated $1.5 million has been wagered by the British people who were speculating on the baby's sex, its name and just about any other aspect you can possibly thing about. The British love to bet and the staggering amount that has already been bet has surprised everyone - except the Britons themselves. The public - with just a short time to go - believe the baby to be a girl who will be named Alexandra.
The Royal Mint in London has announced that it will be creating a special coin to celebrate the baby's birth and that every child born in the UK on the same days will receive one as a commemorative gift. Isn't that a great idea? If you have a new baby in the family but don't qualify, see here.
The latest speculation for the baby's name is Alexandra. 'Experts' are saying that the chances are that Kate will not have a natural labor but a caesarian section. The dates mentioned most often now is July 13th. although there are those who particularly wish from July 1st. as that is the date on which William's mother Diana was born. The Duchess will give birth in the same hospital her husband William was born in.
Newspapers are reporting that the Royal couple will not have a nanny for their new baby at first and even when a nanny is employed, that will be only on a part-time basis.
The latest speculation about the name is Elizabeth Diana Carole.
Bookies in the UK have speculated that the most likely delivery date is July 3rd. We shall see!
On a recent visit, The Duchess of Cambridge was given a teddy bear. She thanked the person who had given it to her and said "I'll give that to my d...." starting speculation that she was going to say 'daughter'.
I personally think that's wrong. Even if she does know that the baby is a girl, would she say 'daughter'? I don't think so. I believe that she was going to say "I'll give that to my dog" and then realized that the gift-giver might be offended as the gift was obviously intended for the baby!
It was media hype ...
The royal parents
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NAMES SPECULATION PRIOR TO BIRTH
What names do you think William and Kate are considering for their child? My guesses:
Alice for a girl
George for a boy
Although I would like to think that the lovely Cynthia (above) would be commemorated, especially since she is so much like William's mother, Diana. Or maybe if the new baby is a girl, Diana will be one of her names? Diana never had the chance to be queen, but by naming a girl Diana, William and Kate could ensure that there will be a Queen Diana after all.
Catherine is another great choice for a girl. It's Kate's real name and suitably historical. If the child is Elizabeth, that will honor her great-grandmother and she will become Queen Elizabeth III. Will William want to name his son after himself? William's father's mentor was his uncle, Louis. He was killed by a terrorist bomb in 1979. Will the Prince choose to commemorate him?
FROM THE PHOTOS ABOVE
These are the full names of the people photographed above:
Albert Frederick Arthur George
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite
Cynthia Elinor Beatrix
Albert Edward John
QUEEN VICTORIA'S CHILDREN
Victoria, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, Beatrice.
William and Kate are a modern couple and I imagine that they'll want a modern nursery for their first child. I can't imagine them rocking the newborn in a dusty antique crib, no matter how historic. They will want clean, modern design and easy to clean materials, I think. For fun, I have 'designed' their nursery below. What do you think?
For the nursery
While I'm sure that some traditional items will be used for the new family member, I think that these items are quite likely to find their way into the exalted nursery.
Young children love bright colors and high contrast. I think that any new prince or princess would love these fabrics, plus the toys made of wood.
Pink for a girl and blue for a boy - do parents still do that? There are some wonderful children's clothes today that are a lot more fun and suitable for both boys and girls.
For Royal visits
Diaper bags are so stylish today and I imagine that our new prince or princess will also be changed in style. I think that any of the selection below will suit Kate - or her nanny. Do you think that Kate will have a nanny? Or do you think she'll be a hands-on mum?
A great baby gift
The Royal Mint produced a special coin commemorating the birth to be given to every baby born on the same day as our newest Royal. That's a lovely idea.
Silver coins are said to be good luck and I remember that my mum always used to press s 'silver' coin into the tiny little hand of any young baby she met. (In the early days this was a sixpence or a shilling and as time went on and Britain had a new currency, this became a five-pence coin).
It may be that you have a new life to celebrate in your family but you're not eligible to receive the gift coin because the baby wasn't born in the UK or wasn't born on the same day. Never mind! You can still purchase a collector's item coin online directly from the Royal Mint itself. They accept international orders. Don't let your family miss out. Click here.
Demonstrating that the child is truly a baby of the modern age, Prince George became the first person on history to have a Wikipedia page before he was born.
The birth of Prince Charles
Prince Charles, our new royal baby's grandfather, was born in 1948. I unearthed footage from that date which announces his birth. It's very quaint! It almost seems like another world.
The BBC announcer refers to 'His Royal Highness the Baby' because the names hadn't yet been announced to the public, although the video reveals that the registrar knew but was closely guarding the secret. The video is from Pathé News and can't be embedded here but click on the link below to view then come back and tell me what you think!
See the video here.
The image is a still from the video showing the crowds outside Buckingham Palace.
All photographs courtesy Wikipedia Commons