Today, The Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge welcomed a princess into their family. I am thrilled for them and wish them all the best.
The arrival sparked an interesting conversation at our supper table tonight. We got talking about names. We discussed the fact that Prince George has a very traditional name and when he becomes king he will be George VII. Inevitably it got us into a discussion about names that the new Princess of Cambridge will have…
Victoria, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Charlotte, Anne, Mary, Margaret …
These were the names that we could recall being traditional monarchy names. The discussion provided us with a great learning opportunity as we discussed the various names around, the names of Queen Victoria’s children and which current member of the Royal Family has what name. We inevitable picked a name for the princess and had a sort of sweepstake on it- though no money was involved!
The news and the discussion that followed in our family, sparked some food for thought:
I am a true royalist.
I know more about the Royal Family than my British husband.
The connections between the European Royal houses is quite something!
And to the republicans out there:
You might feel that the Royal family take a lot of the tax payers money, without a valid contribution. But I disagree. Growing up in South Africa, all I knew about the UK was the Royal family, the Tower of London, London Bridge and Big Ben. Back then it was all Dianna and Fergie and I remember getting the day off school to watch Andrew and Sarah’s wedding. When I came to visit the UK, a significant amount of my sight seeing involved the Royal Family and I can still clearly remember seeing Queen Elizabeth leaving the palace as the Horse Guards came passed. The pageantry, salute and dignitry filled me with a huge sense of awe.
Think Buckingham Palace.
Tower of London
Changing of the guard.
The Royal family might take the tax payers money, but they generate income too. Tourists flock to London because of the Royalty. They want to see the Queen, the changing of the guard, try and make a Beefeater smile or grab a selfie with the Yeoman Wardens at the Tower of London.
And so, I shall play my part, I shall educate my children about the Royal family, who they are, their history and their role in society. I shall take them to visit the important touristy place the Royalty have provided and we shall discuss the latest bit of news that features about them. And if that leads us to having a ‘sweepstake’ on the baby’s name based on previous princesses’ names.
Then so be it!
(In case you were wondering ‘A’ chose Anne, K chose Charlotte, E chose Elizabeth and I chose Victoria- J didn’t want to play!)