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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Royal Baby

The whole nation (well the press pack part of it anyway) is on 'royal baby watch', as the Duchess of Cambridge's new baby should make an appearance soon.

So I thought it would be nice to look at some of Queen Victoria's family: she had nine children with Albert, the Prince Consort.  The first, born in 1840, was  'Vicki', or the Princess Royal.  Next came the heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (Bertie), then came Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, and finally Beatrice.  Queen Victoria outlived three of her children.

It will be interesting to see which name the Duke and Duchess choose for the new heir to the throne - and I wonder how long it will be before the baby has its own Twitter account?

Update: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a baby boy on Monday 22 July 2013.
Update 25 July: The new prince has been named George Alexander Louis - so when he becomes King (and if he decides to use that name) he will be George VII. 

Mother and baby, Family Magazine, Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1879. 
An early portrait of Princess Victoria before she became queen. 
The Princess Royal aged 17 months and the Prince of Wales aged 5 months.
The Princess Royal.
The Queen's Resolve, A Jubilee Memorial, London, c.1887.

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