Glad to be joined by Her Worship the Mayor of Prince George, BC!
Diana was not born into the Royal Family, she became a Princess by marriage. The Duchess of Cambridge is in the same situation. Therefore, while they are Princesses we do not use their Christian name after the title Princess. It was the Princess of Wales, whilst Diana was married and it is now The Duchess of Cambridge.
Richard - what did you think of the name? Was it what you were expecting?
Your Worship - I am sure that in due course Prince George of Cambridge will want to see your beautiful city in northern BC! BC has had many visits by members of the Royal Family, including another Prince George who became Duke of Kent in the 1930s.
I was expecting George to be the regnal name or one of the prominent names. Alexander was a surprise, but we might have known! Louis has figured prominently in the family of the Prince of Wales.
I had though we might see Philip in the names but the use of Louis was a nod to Prince Philip, William's grandfather.
The Earl Spencer, Charles, the brother of the late Princess of Wales, may be considered as a godparent, it could be possible. The Queen is actually a godparent to Charles Spencer, the current Earl, interestingly enough. I am sure the Spencer family will be well-represented at the Christening in any case.
It seems to me that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge were careful in their name choices and they had a lot of people to please. They kept the names to 3 in order to avoid having to cover all the bases. As to the Spencers, the name George has also appeared in their family as well - one of the most venerable families in England.
Prince George, who became Duke of Kent, visited Canada in the 1920s in particular, with his brother, the Prince of Wales (who went on to be Edward VIII). They had a rail trip across Canada and visited Mt Revelstoke as well as other locations in BC. They were dashing young princes, in their day. Sadly, the Duke of Kent, Prince George, was killed during World War II in a flying accident.
Carole - I agree with you. I think we all hope the young Cambridge family has some time to connect and enjoy this special time. And get used to an infant Prince! I believe that William made a strong statement outside the hospital in suggesting that the media could go home and that they would announce the name quickly which they did. This really completed the story for the time being.
Whamond - Yes there will be extra security but it will be fairly discrete, which is the British way. The presence of two heirs to the Throne, one an infant, really complicates matters. Plus there is the question of privacy which they are owed!
How important will it be to have private time for the new family? I think you mentioned on CTV how the four hours of quiet time at the time of the birth was noteworthy.
Maurice, yes, any family needs some quiet and down time after such a momentous event and a change in the lives of all of them. I thought it was extraordinary that the Cambridges and hospital staff were able to have four hours of privacy until the announcement was made and until the media were informed. Their Royal Highnesses are determined to have some time on their own terms, which is great!
Your Worship - it would be fun if we had a Prince Rupert once again! Rupert was a German Prince and grandson of James I of England (or James VI of Scotland!). I think we will see some more creativity in the names of subsequent children and I hope that there will be a few. Particularly some Princesses!
Fantine, I would think the young family will travel together as much as they can. The prohibition on the direct heirs travelling together applies more to The Queen and The Prince of Wales. Certainly until he has grown up, they will travel together as other families will. On occasion, for longer flights, they may take separate aircraft. I have not seen Prince William fly often with his father, the Prince of Wales.
Speaking of travel, how soon do you think it will be until the new family visits Canada? How high would we be on the list?
Back to Prince George, Duke of Kent, he visited Canada in the 1920s: In 1926, the Prince's brother,Prince George (later Duke of Kent), arrived in Canada and actively took part in squash, badminton, and tennis games played in Rideau Hall's Tent Room. The then Governor General, Lord Willingdon, said of the Prince: "Such a nice boy, but shy, & as mad about exercise as the Prince of Wales. So he was very athletic.
In August 1927, the Prince of Wales and the Prince George opened Union Station in Toronto, the Princes' Gates at Exhibition Place, and dedicated the Peace Bridge across the Niagara River.
Maurice, Canada hosted the very first important royal tour by the Duke & Duchess in 2011. There are many Commonwealth realms that want to see them, particularly Australia and New Zealand. I am expecting that Their Royal Highnesses will travel down under next year or the year after. Then Canada will have a turn again and it is possible that Prince George may come along if he proves to be a good traveller.