Just in case you’ve missed it (Ha!), the Royal couple of Britain – William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – quietly had their first child last week. In a remarkable break from tradition, they decided to name the boy George.
I know, right? It doesn’t hold a candle against names like “Blue Ivy” or “North West.” Did they run that name by their publicists and marketing machine?
For those who haven’t heard, I’m an unapologetic monarchist. Being of pure British stock and the son of English immigrants, I’ve had a strong upbringing in the royalty of those far off Isles.
If he keeps the name George as his royal name, the new baby could be the first George of the 21st century. Assuming his father and grandfather don’t assume the name ahead of him. And for those who don’t know, the monarch can change their name when they assume the throne. Take a look at “The King’s Speech.” The protagonist, Prince Albert, takes the name “George VI” when he becomes king.
He was the current Queen’s father. His own father was named George. Then there were the 116 years of straight Georges ruling from 1714-1830.
So George is a good, solid, English name, and perfect for the king of England, a nation for which flag is the Cross of St. George.
I know a lot of people have been griping about how much they don’t care that another celebrity baby was born. I get that. For many, this is just as similar as a Kardashian or West giving birth. Who cares?
But for a Brit, this is both a celebrity birth and a celebratory birth. He will one day be the king after all. It’s pop culture, gossip news and politics rolled into one. It’s no wonder people are so excited about it.