How will be William and Kate's baby be titled?
'His/Her Royal Highness Prince/Princess
Any further children William and Kate have will be Princes or Princesses of Cambridge too. The children will not be titled 'The Prince/Princess of Cambridge' because Cambridge is a Dukedom, not a principality. The Dukedom was bestowed on Prince William by the Queen on his wedding day.
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The editor at Royal Central explained it in further detail:
'It is for the same reason, that Prince William was Prince William of Wales but NOT Prince of Wales, which was his father. British title conventions say that a child takes their father's territorial designation e.g. The Duke of York's daughters are the Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York.'
The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Paul Saunders said: "It is a great honour and I'm sure the people of Cambridge will appreciate it greatly. I think it's lovely to continue the close link with the Royal Family. Anything that helps keep Cambridge in the public eye is a good thing as we rely on tourism."
Earlier this year, we looked at Kate's Titles and Styles and previous holders of the Duchess of Cambridge title. Some of you may recall we discussed Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel who married her second cousin Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge in 1818 at Buckingham Palace. They had three children who were titled as:
'HRH Prince George of Cambridge, HRH Princess Augusta of Cambridge and HRH Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.'
In 1843, Augusta married the Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and became Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; they had two children. Although she spent most of her life in Germany, she remained incredibly close to her family and visited her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at her Kensington Palace apartments regularly. She was known for being shrewd, intelligent, and cantankerous in her old. She lived until aged 94.
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge married Prince Franz, Duke of Teck. Their eldest child, Princess Mary married Prince George, Duke of York in 1893 who later succeeded to the throne as George V. Mary Adelaide was adored by the people (very much a Diana of her time) and devoted much of her life to charity, serving as patron to Barnardo's and other children's charities.
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Mary Adelaide is maternal great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II and will be the great-great-great-great grandmother to Baby Cambridge!
So, it was left to George to see the title continue. Prince George of Cambridge was an army officer by profession and served as Commander-in-Chief of the forces (military head of the British Army) from 1856 to 1895. He had become the Duke of Cambridge when his father died in 1850 and Field Marshal in 1862.
George made no secret of the fact he strongly felt arranged marriages were doomed to failure and in contravention of the 1772 Royal Marriages Act, an of act of the parliament which prescribed the conditions members of the British Royal Family may contract a valid marriage, in order to guard against marriages which could diminish the status of the Royal House.
He married privately at St John's Church, Clerkenwell, London on 8 January 1847 to actress Sarah Fairbrother. As the marriage was contrary to the aforementioned Royal Marriages Act, George's wife was not titled Duchess of Cambridge nor was their son able to succeed the Duke's title's, so that was the end of Princes/Princesses of Cambridge. Until now that is...
Of course the marriage sounded very romantic but it didn't remain that way for long. George had many affairs and was so besotted with one of his mistresses, Mrs. Louisa Beauclerk, he decided he would be buried near her after knowing her for only two years. George and Sarah were deposited in the mausoleum in Kensal Green Cemetery, just sixty feet away from Mrs. Beauclerk.
George's statue at Whitehall, London.
I do so enjoy royal history and I hope you enjoyed taking a cursory look at the history of the title too.
On the subject of Cambridge, I know many of you were fans of the MaxMara Studio Coat the Duchess wore during the couple's visit to the city.
Due to popular demand the coat is back in stock and has been renamed the Kate Cashmere Coat With Belt. The pale pink, £875 virgin wool and cashmere mix coat features a funnel neck, button fastening and comes with a gorgeous bow belt. It's available in sizes 8-14 at House of Fraser.
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Meanwhile, outside St Mary's hospital, royal baby fever has reached fever pitch. Photographers, camera crews and journalists have been camped out awaiting the arrival of Baby Cambridge. Following nine days members of the press have found a way to amuse themselves by attaching signs to the numerous ladders and railings in the press pens.
A closer look at some of the labels. I thought the "please don't feed the photographers" one particularly funny.
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Odds for the various bets on William and Kate's baby outside the Lindo Wing.
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And royal reporters Paul Harrison and Tim Ewart enjoying some friendly banter over the best spots outside the hospital :)
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Inside St Mary's London artist Julian Opie's new art installations commissioned for the Lindo Wing have been completed. No doubt Kate will notice the artwork as she enters the wing to deliver her baby.
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Opie said his art, which shows moving people, was not to calm expectant mothers which was "patronizing" but rather to "enliven".
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And finally, congratulations to Zara Philipps and Mike Tindall who are expecting their first child! It will be lovely for Baby Cambridge to have a cousin its own age. What a wonderful year for the Royal Family!