Friday, July 22, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born 22 July 2013 as the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge {Source}. He is also the first grandchild of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the first step-grandchild of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall {Source}. In May 2015, he was joined by a younger sister:
Like his father, he is in line to succeed the British throne after his great grandmother and grandfather {Source}. His birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria, when she, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, and George VI were all alive.

He was baptized on 23 October 2013 {Source}. The following were his godparents{Source}:
  1. Mrs. Zara Anne Philips Tindall (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Mr. Oliver Baker (university friend of his parents)
  3. Mrs. Emilla Jardine-Paterson (childhood friend of his mother)
  4. Hugh Grosvnor, Earl Grosvenor (childhood friend of his father)
  5. Mr. William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father)
  6. Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (private secretary to his parents)
  7. Mrs. Julia Samuel (friend of his paternal deceased grandmother)

Like with the previous royal christenings, the young prince wore a replica of the christening robe worn by Queen Victoria that was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and water was from the River Jordan. For the first time, the Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening.

Like when his father was 8 months old, he embarked on his first royal tour-to the same location his father had in 1983, Australia and New Zealand. On 9 April 2014, the young prince did his first public engagment with a playdate at the Goverment House which was organized by the New Zealand parenting organization, Plunket {Source}. During the tour, he made a second official apperance, this time at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, where he met a bilby named after him {Source}. He also attended his first Trooping of Colour and his sister'schristening in 2015.

Per the British Patent issued by King George V in 1917, Prince George of Cambridge was entitled to inherit the title Prince of Cambridge, however, in 2012 Queen Elizabeth II issued her own patent, granting the rights to all of Prince William's children for the use of Prince/ss of Cambridge. Per the 1917 patent, the rights were to only the eldest son, and all other children would have been either The Lord XXX Mountbatten-Windsor or The Lady YYY Mountbatten-Windsor if born prior to the beginning Prince Charles or Prince William's reign. However, with Queen Elizabeth's patent, all of Prince William's children will be titled Prince or Princess of Cambridge from birth.

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