News of the World! A Prince is born!! Little Prince George came into this world on 22nd July 2013 to what seems like a thoroughly modern and sophisticated mummy in Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her dashing beau Prince William. Of course I am all about newborn babies these days now that I have my own one incubating in my big belly.
The world’s newest wee Prince has a spectacular name steeped in history: George Alexander Louis. And I of course am more than a little excited with the nod to Greek heritage in the child’s given first name: George. A Greek name meaning “farmer,” George was the name used by Queen Elizabeth’s father, the King, called King George VI but whose given name was Albert. George VII is expected to be the name used by Prince Charles should he ascend the throne.Some History: GEORGE VI: The father of Queen Elizabeth II was the most recent King George, memorably portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech.” He chose his fourth name to use as sovereign in honor of his father, George V, and to create stability and continuity in the monarchy following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.
George, a fourth century Christian martyr, is also the patron saint of England and represents honour, bravery and gallantry. According to legend, he rescued a virgin from the claws of a dragon. Chivalry shall continue no doubt with this wee little Prince!
Alexander has Greek origins, too. See how chuffed I am? It is no surprise therefore that I am in deep contemplation about my child’s name once born. Erroll and I yet not know the little Seahorse’s gender (and I shall not know till the miraculous moment of its birth come early December, God willing), though it does not stop us from debating the merits of this ancient Greek name or than classical nom de plume! How can this little critter already cause so much fuss?!