George VII – Prince And Future King

So the destined future king is George VII, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named the new prince.

Kensington Palace has release a statement confirming his full name as George Alexander Louis.

The baby boy was born on July 22, 2013 and weighed in at a healthy 8lbs 6oz.

George left hospital with his beaming parents, Prince William and mother Kate, who broke with tradition and spoke for some time with crowds and journalists outside St Mary’s Hospital, London.

The smiling couple were clearly enjoying showing off the new addition to the royal family, with Prince William remarking that his son had already demonstrated that ‘he has a good pair of lungs’.

Thrilled Queen

First destination was to see his great-grandmother, the Queen, who was reportedly ‘thrilled’ at the royal birth. She spent around half-an-hour with her heir, who is third in line to the throne behind his father and his grandfather Prince Charles.

Next, was a trip to the Duchess’ parents in Berkshire, where Kate and her sister Pippa chatted about the birth.

Throughout the week, crowds have flocked to Buckingham Palace and nearby Kensington Place, the proud parent’s home.

Well-wishers have sent floods of cards, toys and flowers to the baby and his mother.

Although the royal birth has hit the headlines, the Royal family is declining in popularity, and although noting the occasion, business is very much as normal.

More attention seems to have come from former British colonies abroad that are now republics, with media in USA, Australia and Canada cheering George not only as a prince and future king but a rebirth of the popularity of the monarchy.

Living history

The last King George was the current Queen’s father – George V1, who came to the throne on the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936.

The pages of the history books have to turn back much further than the middle of the last century to find the last monarch who was born to a commoner. Mary II, who reigned with husband William in the late 17th century, was the daughter of commoner Anne Hyde.

The other most notable commoner who reigned as queen was Elizabeth Grenville, wife of Edward IV, who was on the throne throughout the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century.

Her story is serialised in the BBC TV production The White Queen.

George’s birth also marks the first time for more than a century that Britain has three living heirs to the throne – the last was Queen Victoria and her sons.

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