Who is Prince George of Cambridge?
Prince George of Cambridge is third in the line of succession to the British throne, behind his grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William. He was born on July 22, 2013, to Prince William and Kate Middleton in the same hospital where Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were born. His birth, which was a major event in the history of the British royal family, attracted media attention. The ‘Prince George Effect,’ also known as the ‘Royal Baby Effect,’ popularized clothing and other artifacts associated with him. For the first time in history, a royal birth was marked by the issuance of commemorative coins. During his christening, for the second time in British history, three generations of the royal family in line for the throne were present (Prince George, Prince William, and Prince Charles). Though he is destined to be the king, his parents have said that they would want a normal childhood for him. In 2017, he was enrolled at the private ‘Thomas's School’ in Battersea where he is known as ‘George Cambridge.’ His official title is ‘His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge,’ taken from his father’s title ‘Duke of Cambridge.’ As per royal lineage, he is destined to reign as King George VII of the United Kingdom.
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at 4:24 PM on 22 July 2013, at ‘Saint Mary’s Hospital’ in Paddington, West London, England, to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. He was 8 pounds and 6 ounces (3.8 kg) at birth. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were born in the same hospital to Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Royal House of London announced, earlier than is customary, that his mother was expecting when she had to be admitted in hospital for pregnancy related nausea and morning sickness in December 2012. Thanks to the announcement, his birth became a much-anticipated event that garnered media attention.
Prior to the official announcement of his birth, Prince William and Kate Middleton broke tradition by introducing Prince George to the world when they greeted the crowd gathered outside the hospital as they left with their new born baby to their home in Kensington Palace.
News of the royal birth was displayed officially on a traditional easel outside the Buckingham Palace. Gun salutes in Green Park and the Tower of London, coupled with bells of Westminster Abbey and other churches, announced his arrival with fanfare. For the first time in history, a royal birth was marked by the issuance of commemorative coins from the ‘Royal Mint,’ ‘Royal Canadian Mint,’ and ‘Royal Australian Mint.’
The lullaby ‘Sleep On’ was composed by the Welsh composer Paul Mealor as a gift for the royal baby. The lyrics were written by Brendan Graham and the song was recorded by New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra.
He was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at Saint James’s Palace on 23 October 2013. As is customary, water from the River Jordan was used for the ceremony. The Royal mint issued a set of commemorative coins to mark the occasion.
It was announced that he would have seven godparents including; Zara Tindall, Cousin of Prince William and daughter of Princess Anne; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former private secretary of the royal couple; Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson and William van Cutsem, friends of William and Kate; and Earl Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster.
During his christening, for the first time in 119 years, three generations of the royal family in line for the throne were present (Prince George, Prince William, and Prince Charles).
His first birthday was celebrated based on the theme of children’s author Beatrix Potter who is related to his maternal ancestors. The occasion was marked by a large gathering of the royals.
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Early Education & Life
Prince George started his formal education in January 2016 at the ‘Westacre Montessori School Nursery,’ which is situated close to his family home in Norfolk. He began his primary schooling at the private ‘Thomas’s School’ in Battersea.
He is the eldest child of the Duke of Cambridge, which makes him third in the line of succession to the British throne, after his grandfather and father.
On 24th July 2013, his parents announced his name as George Alexander Louis. It was also said that he would be formally known as Prince George of Cambridge. As per royal lineage, he is destined to reign as King George VII of the United Kingdom and 15 other commonwealth realms around the world.
He went on his first royal tour with his parents to New Zealand and Australia in April 2014. As per media reports, he was the center of attraction during the tour.
His first public engagement was during a playdate at the Government House, Wellington, which was organized by a New Zealand parenting organization called ‘Plunket’ which provides free health services for children up to the age of five.
His first official public appearance in the United Kingdom was when he visited the hospital with his father to see his mother and newly born sister Chariotte.
His first public appearance from the balcony of the Buckingham Palace was on 13 June 2015, during the ‘Trooping the Colour’ parade which marked the Queen’s Official Birthday.
In April 2016, he was photographed along with his father and grandfather for a postage stamp to commemorate his great grandmother’s 90th birthday.
He met the then President of the United States of America Barack Obama on April 22, 2016 and was photographed with him on a rocking horse, presented to him by Obama when he was born. Obama jokingly remarked that the prince had broken protocol, as he showed up in his bathrobe.
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On 20 May 2017, he was the page boy for the wedding of his aunt Pippa Middleton. The event received wide media coverage.
‘The Prince George Effect,’ also known as the ‘Royal Baby Effect,’ is a business and cultural trend that popularized clothing and artifacts associated with Prince George of Cambridge. For instance, sales of the bathrobe worn by him when he met Barack Obama skyrocketed in the UK soon after the photograph appeared in newspapers.
His official title is ‘His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge,’ taken from his father’s title ‘Duke of Cambridge.’
In 2015, he was ranked 49th on the list of ‘50 Best Dressed Men in Britain,’ published by the international monthly men’s magazine ‘Gentlemen’s Quarterly’ (GQ).
On 19 May 2018, he was the page boy for his uncle Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex’s wedding with Meghan Markle.
Though his parents have said that they would want a normal childhood for him, Prince George has to live a very public life. He is very close to his siblings and parents. Major events of his life have been shared on social media.
When his mother was admitted in the hospital, pranksters from Australia called up and mimicked the Queen and Prince Charles to extract information about his birth. The British-Indian nurse who got taken in by the prank committed suicide three days later.
With his birth, it is the second time in history that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive at the same time. A similar situation prevailed from 1894 to 1901 during the reign of Queen Victoria.
In August 2015, the Kensington Palace issued an order to stop all unauthorized photography of Prince George.