The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed George Alexander Louis, their first child and son, on 22 July 2013. George received the title of His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge in light of the action Queen Elizabeth II took to ensure all children of the eldest son, William, of Charles the Prince of Wales take on a royal title.
Catherine (Kate), the Duchess of Cambridge, delivered her 3.8 kg (8 pound, 6 ounce) son at 4:24 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington district of London. In 1982, Princess Diana of Wales gave birth to William in the same hospital where she later gave birth to his younger brother Harry. The family now resides in Kensington Palace in newly refurbished apartments, which the family prepared as their family residence at a price of roughly $1.5 million.
HRH George the Prince of Cambridge is third in line to the throne of the British Commonwealth, which includes the United Kingdom, Canada, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Grenada, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas. Only Queen Elizabeth II (current), Prince Charles, and Prince William precede the new prince.
Councillor Paul Saunders, the Mayor of Cambridge, expressed gratitude that the child also received the royal title associated with Cambridge, like the Duke and Duchess. The connection between the royal family and the city will help boost the city’s public image and tourism, but Saunders also believes the relationship is an incredible honour for them to maintain.
The royal family announced Kate’s pregnancy in December of 2012. After overcoming hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare illness with some pregnancies that resembles morning sickness, the Duchess brought her child to full term and gave birth naturally with the help of gynecologist Marcus Setchell.
- Kate and William, the Duke of Cambridge, chose not to learn the sex of their baby until after the birth, which prompted followers and the media to bet and speculate on what it might have been and what that meant for the family. Due to new laws, gender does not affect the succession to the throne. However, with the birth of George, the throne will likely be ruled by kings for at least the next 80 years.
The Duke and Duchess received congratulations from names including British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Estimates have predicted that people will spend between $250 and $260 million on the memorabilia and gifts associated with the royal birth. In 2011, people spent roughly $200 million on memorabilia for the Duke and Duchess’ royal wedding. Shirts saying, ‘Born to Rule’ and ‘Born to be Royal’ appeared along with mugs saying, ‘A Royal Baby in 2013.’
Businesses also capitalised on the hype around George’s birth by throwing baby-themed tea parties and offering specials like gender-revealing pink or blue cupcakes. The countries in the Commonwealth took part by presenting light shows and glowing monuments, some in blue to represent the royal baby of Cambridge’s gender.