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Prince George
George1.jpg
Full name
George Alexander Louis
Born 22 July 2013 (age 7)
St. Mary's Hospital, London, England
House Windsor
Father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Mother Catherine Middleton
Religion Church of England
The Royal Family of the
United Kingdom
and the
other Commonwealth realms
Badge of the House of Windsor.svg

HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


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Prince George of Cambridge (George Alexander Louis; born 22 July 2013) is a member of the British Royal Family. He is the eldest child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and third in the line of succession to the British throne behind his grandfather Prince Charles and his father. As he is expected to be king someday, his birth was widely celebrated across the Commonwealth realms. George occasionally accompanies his parents on royal tours, and has affected business and popular culture.

Birth Edit

The Duchess was admitted to St Mary's Hospital, London, in the early stages of labour on 22 July 2013. She gave birth to a boy weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces (3.80 kg) at 16:24 BST (15:24 UTC) later the same day.[1]

The birth took place in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's—the same hospital in which Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born to Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. Queen Elizabeth II's former gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, delivered the baby assisted by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Sunit Godambe and Physician to the Queen John Cunningham. The midwifery team accompanying the gynaecologists was led by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust's director of midwifery Professor Jackie Dunkley-Bent. William was by his wife's side when she gave birth.

The customary formal bulletin announcing the royal birth was displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, although in a break with tradition the news was first conveyed in a press release from palace officials. Gun salutes signaled the birth in the capitals of Bermuda, the UK, New Zealand and Canada; the bells of Westminster Abbey and many other churches were rung; and iconic landmarks in the Commonwealth realms were illuminated in various colours, mostly blue to signify the birth of a boy.

The Duchess and her baby, accompanied by the Duke, left hospital on 23 July and the baby's name was announced as George Alexander Louis the following day. William took the full two weeks' paternity leave from his job (as a RAF search and rescue pilot) allowed by the Ministry of Defense.

Prince George's birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne have been 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.[2]

Christening Edit

Main article: Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George was baptised by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on 23 October 2013, with Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Hon. Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall serving as godparents.[3][4] The font used at the ceremony was made for Queen Victoria's first child and the water was taken from the River Jordan.[5][6] The Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening, the first coins to mark a royal christening in Britain.[7]

Official appearances Edit

Prince George embarked on his first royal tour with his parents in April 2014, during which the Cambridges spent three weeks in New Zealand and Australia. Although he only appeared twice, the BBC described the "nine-month-old future king" as "the star of the show". Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott predicted in Parliament House, Canberra, that George would one day be welcomed there as King of Australia.[8] In June, Prince George made his first public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour parade marking the Queen's official Birthday.[9]

George's parents are adamant that he should grow up as privately as possible. He is consequently rarely seen in public, including royal tours.[10] In August 2015, Kensington Palace stated that they wanted all global media to stop taking unauthorised photographs of George, as they believed "a line has been crossed" in paparazzi methods of locating and photographing him.[11]

On 22 April 2016, Prince George met Barack Obama, President of the United States. He was photographed with a rocking horse that Obama had given him when he was born. The encounter later prompted Obama to joke that "Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe... a clear breach of protocol."[12] Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents on a tour of Canada in September 2016,[13][14] and on a diplomatic visit to Poland and Germany in July 2017.[15]

Education Edit

In January 2016, George started his education at the Westacre Montessori School Nursery, near his family home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.[16]

Prince George attended his first day of primary school on 7 September 2017 at the private Thomas's School in Battersea.[17][18] Upon Prince George's arrival at school that day, the backpack carried by his father had the name "George Cambridge" on the tag; it was confirmed later that day that this is the name Prince George will use at school.[19]

Prince George effect Edit

The "Prince George effect", also known as the "royal baby effect", is that clothing and products identified as used by George tend to sell better than before. The effect was noted during his April 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia and many businesses have attempted to use this effect to their advantage.[20] He was ranked No. 49 on GQTemplate:'s "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain" list in 2015.[21] In 2016, the dressing gown he wore while meeting President Obama sold out after he was seen wearing it.[22] In September 2017 the news that the Prince's school had served a Le Puy green lentil dish resulted in a spike in the legume's sales.[23] In 2018, George became the youngest person to appear on TatlerTemplate:'s best-dressed list.[24]

Title and style Edit

Prince George's official title and style is "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge".[25][26] While his name was announced two days after his birth, he was, from birth, a British prince entitled to the style of Royal Highness under letters patent issued by King George V in 1917, which gave the title and style to the eldest son of the Prince of Wales's eldest son. As with other princes and princesses who are born to royal dukes, George's territorial designation is taken from his father's title, in this case "Cambridge", from the Dukedom of Cambridge.

Wedding involvement Edit

He served as a page boy four times:

Gallery Edit

  • Prince George leaving the hospital
  • Prince George with his parents at his christening
  • Prince George’s christening
  • Prince George with his father, grandfather, and great grandmother at his christening
  • Prince George’s 1st Birthday Portrait
  • Prince George’s 3rd Birthday Portrait
  • Prince George at his Aunt Pippa’s wedding
  • Prince George at his Uncle Harry’s wedding
  • Prince George and his sister Charlotte at their cousin Princess Eugenie’s wedding

References Edit

  1. The Duchess of Cambridge has been delivered of a son. Prince of Wales
  2. Royal baby: three generations of heirs in waiting. The Telegraph
  3. The christening of Prince George of Cambridge. Clarence House
  4. Prince George christening: Godparents announced. BBC News
  5. Low-key christening for Prince George. BBC News
  6. Prince George on his best behaviour as he is christened. Telegraph
  7. Royal christening £5 coin for Prince George. Western Daily Press
  8. Royal tour: Prince George steals the show as support for monarchy rises. BBC News
  9. Prince George watches on excitedly as Royal family arrive at Trooping the Colour parade. The Telegraph
  10. Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Canada play day. BBC News
  11. Prince George 'being harassed by paparazzi'. BBC News
  12. Barack Obama jokes Prince George's pyjamas greeting was 'slap in the face' in his final speech at White House Correspondents' dinner. Daily Telegraph
  13. Prince William, Kate and children bid farewell to Canada as royal tour ends. The Globe and Mail
  14. No five: Prince George refuses greeting from Canada's Justin Trudeau. The Guardian
  15. George and Charlotte join Poland and Germany diplomacy tour. BBC
  16. Prince George to attend Westacre Montessori School Nursery. BBC News
  17. Prince George to attend Thomas's School in Battersea. BBC News
  18. Prince George starts first day of school. BBC News
  19. Prince George arrives for first day at £18,000-a-year prep school. The Guardian
  20. Your Community 'Prince George Effect' still in full force on tot's 1st birthday. CBS
  21. 50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015. GQ
  22. Prince George's $39 robe from Obama meeting sold out in minutes. United Press International
  23. Prince George connection drives demand for French lentils. The Times
  24. Prince George joins Meghan and Kate on Tatler best-dressed list. Sky News
  25. The Duchess of Cambridge has been delivered of a son. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  26. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their baby. Clarence House
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