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Old 07-24-2013, 04:13 PM
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The family have now left to stay with Catherine's parents for the Summer. Which is great for the Middletons. I do hope Charles will not feel too left out. But I don't see how that can be helped. I think by end of next week Charles will have left for Scotland. The Royal Family will not return to London until mid-October.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:14 PM
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Not fond of George, but I do love Alexander. :-)
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:15 PM
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More than anything, I like the look of the name in print. George Alexander Louis -- it looks quite elegant to me.

Please PLEASE somebody educate our American news readers to pronounce Louis correctly. The local guy here in Los Angeles said "Lew-is" right off the bat.

ETA: Oh, and I love that they used only three names. Keeping it fresh!

Many of us know the proper way to pronounce various 'foreign' names. Then again there are many who have put their own twist on them as well.

It drives me crazy to see the mispronunciation of the names of French settlements (originally) here that are now towns/cities. A short list from around here:

Versailles
Bois d' Arc
St Louis
Ponce de Leon

It makes me cringe when I hear someone say 'Ver-sail-es', 'Boyzdark', St Lewis, Poncy etc etc. If you try to point it out some people think you are being snooty.

It's been done so long the wrong way they are not going to change it.

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:18 PM
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That crush of reporters and cameras as seen on the 360-degree panorama looks daunting, overwhelming - well done, Catherine, for getting through those moments.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:20 PM
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I wonder how long the media is going to stake out the Middletons.....


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Old 07-24-2013, 04:20 PM
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Gee, according to the Express, Camilla was wearing a string of pears around her neck
If they keep that up it'll be a 'string of peas'
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:22 PM
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I like the coat of arms. But what do they mean?
William's arms are the arms of the monarch with a label to distinguish it as his.

The arms represent England (1 and 4), Scotland (2), and Ireland (3). The label is a 3 point label with a red escallop, which references Diana's arms. Harry's is similar, but his is a 5 point label with 3 red escallops in alternate points.

Catherine's is the arms of William (left)'s impaled with the arms of her father (right). The Middleton arms have acorns denoting Berkshire, 3 to mark each of the family's children, a gold chevron as an allusion to Carole's maiden name, Goldsmith, to white chevrons to symbolize peaks and mountains because of the family's love for the Lake District and skiing. The two colours (blue and red) is a cantinf of "Middle-ton."

Both arms are crowned with a coroner of the child of the heir apparent, but William's also has the royal helm (denoting that he is the heir of the heir).

I would predict that when George gets his own arms it will be like William's (perhaps with a 5-point label, depending on who is monarch at the time) with acorns on the label.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:25 PM
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There a Princess Estelle of Sweden and now a Prince George of Cambridge. Both are very nice old-fashion and traditional names. At least their named are not something ridiculous like Blue Ivy, Apple or North west! I know parents should be allowed to name their what they want to name them but seriously let get real! Those are names kids will have for the rest of their lives.

Kudos to The Crown Princess Victoria and Duchess Catherine for not going all Hollywood on us ( which obviously they weren't going to) and showing how to name a child. And picking something that make since even if it seem old fashion.
Actress Alicia Silverstone gave birth to a most gorgeous baby boy and named him...Bear Blu. I will never understand it, never.

One of the great things about Royal children(at least those in the Succession) is that they get names that are both beautiful and traditional.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:26 PM
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Not surprised by George, though hoping for Philip.

Really surprised the two grandfathers and Philip were not included at all in the name, and by the short name. I know Louis Mountbattan was close to Charles, and Philip's Uncle, but William had no relationship as the man died before he was born. It made sense for Charles to use Louis in William, but I'd have thought Philip more fitting.

Again surprised by only three names, boys in the family always seem to have four.

But the name sounds good together. I kind of hope they call him Alex though growing up, George still seems old to me.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:28 PM
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They plan to have more children so I would imagine they will incorporate other names in if they have boys or use the feminine versions if they have girls.


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Old 07-24-2013, 04:30 PM
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There used to be an old tradition of a baby receiving a further name at baptism. I am not sure if that is done with the Church of England, but perhaps he'd gain a forth?

I know Pranter, but seems odd, especially with a first son, not to include any of the grandparents. William has Philip. Charles has George, for his grandfather's regnal name. James, Louise and Bea, as the first children or first child of their gender in James' case, have a grandparent's name. The Queen has the names of her grandmother and great-grandmother.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:34 PM
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Actress Alicia Silverstone gave birth to a most gorgeous baby boy and named him...Bear Blu. I will never understand it, never.

One of the great things about Royal children(at least those in the Succession) is that they get names that are both beautiful and traditional.
The thing is that it's pretty much tradition now for celebrities to pick weird names. I think if celebs all of a sudden started picking nice normal names for their children, we'd be almost as disappointed as we would be if William and Catherine had named their baby after a fruit.

At least half the point of celebrities is gawping at all the weird stuff they do.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:37 PM
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The thing is that it's pretty much tradition now for celebrities to pick weird names. I think if celebs all of a sudden started picking nice normal names for their children, we'd be almost as disappointed as we would be if William and Catherine had named their baby after a fruit.

At least half the point of celebrities is gawping at all the weird stuff they do.
All is fine, but I have to question the responsibility of a parent who names his child after a fruit or a cardinal point.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:51 PM
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I think celebs come up with those crazy baby names because they think it's fun, unique and because they can do what they want but I really don't think they take into consideration that these babies won't remain small, cute and adorable forever. At some point down the line, these babies will get older, become working professionals and will most likely become senior citizens.

Not pleasant to the ear and embarrassing to be referred to as 87 year old Pepper Mill or Apple Turnover or what have you.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:54 PM
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Okay, so now we know the name.

The next act must be the christening.

Are there any particular BRF traditions?
When can we expect the christening to take place?
Is it likely we will see foreign royals as godparents?

- As you can tell I haven't done any research, relying instead on the many members in the know here.
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All is fine, but I have to question the responsibility of a parent who names his child after a fruit or a cardinal point.
Well, on a personal level I definitely prefer "George Alexander Louis" to "North West", don't get me wrong. But if a kid's going to get teased, they're going to get teased whether they have a weird name or not. Plus as a society we're being forced to get used to new naming trends all the time. It wasn't too long ago that names like "Madison" and "Jayden" would have been considered super-weird, and now they're on top-10 lists and we don't really bat an eye.

On the unfortunately very large spectrum of horrible or irresponsible things people do to their children, weird names barely register for me unless they're actively offensive.

To avoid verging off-topic: the baby will be christened George Alexander Louis, and as far as I know no extra names will be picked up. Countessmeout, you may be thinking of a confirmation name, which is a name that kids in the Roman Catholic church choose for themselves before their confirmation, to reflect the saint they've chosen as sort of their personal patron. Nobody really goes by that name, though.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:05 PM
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I think celebs come up with those crazy baby names because they think it's fun, unique and because they can do what they want but I really don't think they take into consideration that these babies won't remain small, cute and adorable forever. At some point down the line, these babies will get older, become working professionals and will most likely become senior citizens.

Not pleasant to the ear and embarrassing to be referred to as 87 year old Pepper Mill or Apple Turnover or what have you.
Well said. Most of those idiot celebrities have no consideration for the child. They use weird names for attention or shock value. Kind of like spitting in the face od traditionalists.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:06 PM
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Okay, so now we know the name.

The next act must be the christening.

Are there any particular BRF traditions?
When can we expect the christening to take place?
Is it likely we will see foreign royals as godparents?

- As you can tell I haven't done any research, relying instead on the many members in the know here.

The tradition with the BRF is a private christening - no live coverage - and some photos and maybe some video coverage released to the press afterwards.

They have been done in different rooms in BP or at Windsor at St Georges.

As this is a future king the Archbishop of Canterbury and he will be baptised with water from the River Jordan and wear the new family Christening gown first used by James, Viscount Severn, as the one used before that was deemed too delicate for further use and a replica was made for James (the original was first used for Queen Victoria's daughter in 1840 and all BRF members have worn it ever since until James).

This, traditionally, hasn't been the big productions that the Scandinavian royals go in for - compare the weddings on the continent to William's as the BRF didn't go in for all the fanfare and insisted that the reception and speeches for instance were private events.

As for godparents being foreign royals - probably not - although a Greek royal is a possibility - live in London and quite close friends to the BRF and William is godfather to one of their children so a reciprication is possible. I would expect Harry and Pippa along with some close friends and maybe a cousin or two - Peter and one of Kate's cousins for balace.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:09 PM
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Well, on a personal level I definitely prefer "George Alexander Louis" to "North West", don't get me wrong. But if a kid's going to get teased, they're going to get teased whether they have a weird name or not. Plus as a society we're being forced to get used to new naming trends all the time. It wasn't too long ago that names like "Madison" and "Jayden" would have been considered super-weird, and now they're on top-10 lists and we don't really bat an eye.

On the unfortunately very large spectrum of horrible or irresponsible things people do to their children, weird names barely register for me unless they're actively offensive.

To avoid verging off-topic: the baby will be christened George Alexander Louis, and as far as I know no extra names will be picked up. Countessmeout, you may be thinking of a confirmation name, which is a name that kids in the Roman Catholic church choose for themselves before their confirmation, to reflect the saint they've chosen as sort of their personal patron. Nobody really goes by that name, though.
No, there used to be a tradition of baptismal names as well. But I think just the catholic church, though the church of England referred to as the catholic church of England for a long time and shares many customs. Now a days, the birth name it seems is commonly used as both.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:11 PM
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I am not a big fan of any of the names although Prince George does sound quite good overall. I just think there are nicer names out there but I'm sure I will start to like it more and more as time goes by
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