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No Name For Royal Baby Yet

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Usually, today would be the day the Cambridges reveal the name of their little one. However, today is also ANZAC Day, which seems to have bumped the announcement (understandably!). It wouldn't do to have the baby's name claiming the headlines. Harry and Meghan attended a dawn commemoration this morning, before the later service at Westminster Abbey. Prince William chose to join the couple, which was a nice last minute addition.

William Greeting Meghan Outside Westminster 

I first heard on Twitter that William had initiated a joke that the baby's name was Alexander, but it turns out, when actually watching the video, it is the gentleman who brings up the name Alexander. He said, "I have a good name, Alexander," to which William replied, "it's funny you say that..." 

We should know tomorrow if the baby's name is Alexander...or Jerry. ;) Meanwhile, Carole Middleton was spotted with Prince George in her car after picking up the new big brother from school today. It sounds like Carole is staying with the Cambridges at Kensington Palace to lend a trusted, helping hand to Kate in this transition. 

40 comments:

  1. George's name is George Alexander Louis which sort of makes Alexander unavailable. Sadly, because it is a GREAT name as is Louis. A salutary lesson I suppose in not using all your favourite names on the first child :)

    I am still hoping for Edmund, Christian or Rupert. I know there is a Prince Christian in Denmark but there is a a Princess Leonor in Spain and a Princess Leonore in Sweden so duplication is not unheard of.

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    1. Christian would be a bit unusual, but maybe. Someone mentioned Kate has an ex-bf named Rupert, so that's probably out. Too bad, it's a nice name!

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  2. I love a Carole sighting! Wouldn't it be interesting if Alexander ended up being the name? I wonder if the bookmakers have seen a surge in that name since this video!

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  3. I figured they wouldn't announce it on ANZAC Day either - it just wouldn't be in good taste, even though everyone's anxious to hear his name!

    I think the Alexander comment was a joke. George's first middle name is Alexander, and I can't imagine them using it for this if they had it in mind for a first name later on. It would be a bit strange (imho).

    Glad Meghan had her shoulders covered today - wasn't a fan of her sleeveless outfit on Monday at a different memorial service!

    Anyone else think George looked a WHOLE lot like William in the snaps of him in Granny Middleton's car from today? How nice that she's helping out while Kate focuses on resting and feeding the little one.

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    1. I agree on Meghan covering her shoulders today. Much more appropriate. You would think Harry would say something about that to her. She's learning a lot of new protocol all at once but he did see her walk out the door that morning.

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    2. RIGHT?! I couldn't believe he didn't tell her about that. Maybe he just didn't know the rules, as a guy, or maybe he wanted to see if she could push the limits as an American? I don't know. I thought it was in really poor taste.

      Maybe she found out too late and couldn't change her outfit that day? I'm thinking she needs a PA or stylist who's well-versed in the BRF's rules and traditions - ASAP!!!

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  4. An idea just struck me:Could the boy be named Victor after Queen Victoria?
    Just a thought.
    I personally prefer Albert.

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    1. I like Albert, but then someone mentioned Urban Dictionary & "Prince Albert" and I went, "Ugh!" Forgot about that...

      Victor? Hmm. Would be unusual but I guess you never know? Although Albert Victor (always called both names, I believe) was an heir to the throne who died young, so it might be off the list.

      If John wasn't considered unlucky in the BRF, I wonder if they would use it to honor Kate's grandfather.

      I'm still hoping for something a bit different like Francis or Joseph or Alfred.

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    2. Since this baby is unlikely to ever be king I can't understand why any superstitions regarding names would play into it. Then again, they do have some odd unspoken rules in the family. Honestly, the name Charles is no great shakes. Charles I was executed and Charles II was basically dethroned and had about 10 illegitimate children. Then there are the Kings William who had their own issues. Maybe they should just call the kid Jacob and call it good! ;-) lol

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    3. Yes, I think they say Charles will use George VII because of the Charles association. I believe William was Diana's choice - she just liked it, and didn't consider traditions or past sovereigns, etc.

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  5. I think the main reason for the lacking name-announcement is the fact that Charles and Camilla were not able to met the little prince yet :)

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    1. Why? Out of politenes towards him? Or?

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  6. I don’t know if anyone else will post this before I do but the reason that man suggests Alexander as a name is because it is his name. He is Alexander Downer and he is the current Australian High Commissioner to the UK. He also has met Will, Harry, and Kate on previous engagements in his previous role as Foreign Minister of Australia.

    As an Aussie I was very happy to see William, Harry and Meghan attending ANZAC day events this year. It really is a day that has come to be so important to both Australia and New Zealand. It originally memorialised the start of the Gallipolli campaign of 1915 when Aussie and Kiwi troops landed on the beaches as part of a joint force. The campaign was a disaster from the get go but is seen as when we first forged our unique national identities seperate from Britain. Today, ANZAC Day commemorates all those who served &/or died in all the conflicts since. It is our most important day of remembrance and it is getting bigger every year. It’s my favourite public holiday. My grandfathers and great grandfathers all served in the world wars. My father served for 20 years and I grew up in the Air Force. My cousins serve currently and one is currently serving in Afghanistan as a fighter pilot. It is a day where we celebrate their contribution and I am always so proud to see them all in their uniforms with their medals earned. There is also nothing else like a dawn service where hundreds of thousands of people across our country get up in the dead of night and make their way to our national shrines and stand in silence and solidarity as the dawn rises to remember. It gives me chills.

    I hope that with his new role in the Commonwealth we will see Harry and Meghan attend ANZAC Day events regularly over the coming years. Especially as the role of the monarchy in our nation is by no means certain. Once HM the Queen passes I think we will see a stronger push by our Republicans to remove the monarchy as Head of State in Australia. The younger royals however are still very popular here and their influence by attending such events will be so important!
    Sorry for the long post!! I will just leave with my favourite poem from today:

    "Those heroes that shed their blood
    And lost their lives.
    You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
    Therefore rest in peace.
    There is no difference between the Johnnies
    And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
    Here in this country of ours.
    You, the mothers,
    Who sent their sons from far away countries
    Wipe away your tears,
    Your sons are now lying in our bosom
    And are in peace
    After having lost their lives on this land they have
    Become our sons as well."

    Delivered by Kemal Atatürk in 1934 to the first ANZACs to return to the Gallipolli battlefields

    Lest we forget ❤️

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    1. Thank-you, Nerissa, for providing some perspective.
      The poem prompted chills. Spoken to a Mother's heart -both the horror and the honor of war.
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    2. Thank you for such a lovely post. Prayers and warm thoughts to your cousins who currently serve.

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  7. The rumor is that William let Alexander slip. I think that’s it.

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  8. Did you see the clip of William nodding off while sitting on the ceremony! The true life of a newborn parent!

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  9. Not so much about the baby name, but thinking about Jane's speculation that Kate was induced. I'm in agreement that it makes sense. Prince X was bigger than George or Charlotte, and they were both late. I'm guessing the doctors could tell the new baby was going to be big, and decided they wouldn't risk Kate going much past her due date.

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    1. Size doesn't always play into that - George was very late, and this baby wasn't much bigger than he was. If you have room in your pelvis, you can birth a 10 lb baby.

      They more look at how you do on a non-stress test and if the placenta is aging well.

      If she *was* induced, it wasn't so she'd give birth on St. George's Day. It can take at least 24 hours just to get things going. I also think she would've gone in earlier, as you often need to be monitored the entire time (I was induced for my second).

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    2. Agree, I do not think she was induced either. It takes quite a bit of time for the whole procedure and in my case it was a much harder delivery than my natural ones.

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  10. Can anyone make out the info William is giving to the gentlemen? I heard him say they (Kate and baby) are well but can’t hear the rest! I’d love to know any snippets you can pick out. TIA :-)

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  11. This may have been discussed already...does the baby's name need to be approved in some way? Is there a kind of review process?

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    1. The Queen is informed first, although she might be consulted beforehand as well. I don't know that she ever says "no", although I'm thinking Meghan and Harry might get a bit whacky with baby names and might be the first to elicit one ; ).

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    2. Zara was a rather unorthodox choice in its day. If approval was required and the Queen approved that, I'm sure Harry and Meghan won't have any problems. Besides, their children, like Anne's children, won't have royal titles (at least not prince or princess), so even more leeway to choose unconventional (less traditional) names.

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    3. Well, yes, as far the Cambridge kids go, Jay...so far. The Queen made it her business to visit William and Kate immediately after they went home with Baby #1, perhaps spurred on by a comment William made to reporters outside the Lindo Wing, as he and Kate and Baby were leaving the hospital. Asked if they were going to call the newborn 'George," William's reply suggested that the baby's name was still up for discussion.

      Not much they could do about Baby #2, whose clever names reflected Charles, the Queen, Kate's sister, Kate, and Kate's mother.

      It would seem, this time around, that on the day day after Baby #3's birth, William visited the Queen to discuss...well, guess what.

      Further, it would appear that Charles is the holdup, this time around; seemingly, he was at Balmoral on the 23rd, left for France on the 24th, attended an event there on the 25th, and seems in no hurry to visit his newest grandchild, or, I guess, his son William. Hence, we wait.

      That's my take, and as valid as any.

      I agree with Am and Jane in Canada; the names chosen for Harry's children are of lesser importance, as were those of Anne's children. Ergo: Anne's and now Harry's were/will be left to the parents' discretion. Alas, such is not the case for William and Kate; it certainly isn't easy to be in William's position, is it?

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    4. I disagree. Zara was the daughter of a woman behind her THREE elder brothers (and any children of theirs) in line for the throne. Not quite the same thing as a grandchild of the Prince of Wales in terms of name prominence. (Anne is also Philip's favorite, which factors in.)

      Harry's children will *certainly* have titles! Anne's children don't because she requested that, but there is no doubt in my mind that Harry wants his children to have them and that they will carry out official engagements when they are older. Just because Letters Patent haven't been issued yet doesn't mean they won't be in the future. (I believe they had to issue new ones before Kate & Wills had children anyway, because the previous ones didn't cover their generation.)

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    5. Thank you all for the info. While we wait for the name to be announced, I have been entertaining myself with possible choices from the world of Harry Potter :) I think W & K are fans.

      Prince Albus, anyone?

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    6. Am, Harry's children may well have titles, but, as of now, will not carry an HRH. The Queen did not include Harry when she made it possible for ALL of William's kids to carry it. Had she not done that, only William's firstborn (son, I think) would've been entitled to the use of HRH.

      Unless this changes, and it could, Harry's children won't work for the "Firm" and Harry and his wife would have far greater freedom to choose their children's names. Just like Anne was able to choose Zara and Peter.

      JC

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  12. Alexander Philip Michael or John Philip Michael (and they can call him Jack privately as a nickname). I really hope it's not Arthur....

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    1. Alexander is already taken as George's middle name, and John is considered unlucky in the BRF as King John was such a horrible monarch and quite a few subsequent royals given the name have died young (I believe Queen Mary's son was the latest to have this happen).

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    2. John is very unlikely since their was a handicapped Prince John they hid away.

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  13. The name Alexander was mentioned as the man William was talking to is Alexander Downer, Australian High Commissioner to the UK.........he was recommending that his name would be a good name :)

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  14. Priceless footage of William nodding off.........maybe he needs a mini break too and enjoy his little family :)

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  15. Do you think Meghan looks happy or is she like OMG this is way more than I expected??? I hope everything works out for her & Harry as I can see Harry is totally besotted.......you can see he try's to make her feel comfortable in many situations. Are things moving too fast for Meghan in her new Royal Life? Looking forward to the Wedding. To me she understandably looks anxious and concerned- maybe worried what the media are going to print about her? And the pressure of all the fashion, clothing, hats, accessories, hair etc.......being centre of attention when normally she has her attention on other people. Hopefully this all settles post Wedding.

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    1. I find her rather endearing. She is obviously doing her best to learn the traditions and rules that surround the Royals and doing it quite well IMO. I think its great that she is doing more as a royal fiancée than either her late mother-in-law did, or for that matter Catherine did. I hope she has a strong advisory team and the ability to connect with other members of the family who started off as commoners - Sophie Wessex being an obvious candidate, and Catherine Cambridge once she's back into circulation. Meghan strikes me as an intelligent woman who is learning as a fast as she can. I hope she doesn't read many of the comments in media outlets - some of them are beyond cruel and b****y. I too am looking forward to the wedding :)

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    2. I like her and I think her life as an actress on a popular TV show has really helped her deal with the publicity of the royal family a lot quicker. She is also coming into this as a woman in her 30s. I think she is adapting rather well and I like her. There are times she seems nervous but that is mainly at these "Big" events when she is at smaller ones with the people she seems in her element. I also love her style, it is nice and I hope she continues bucking the BRF style book and keeps to her own style. While I still love Kate I hate how dowdy at times they have made her style. I hope together with Meg they will buck the style system together as a team.

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    3. She looked fairly calm at the Dawn service with just the two of them being the featured royal reps. According to the printed program for the WA service, Harry and Meghan were to be the royal focus for that event. With William's last minute addition, they ended up playing second fiddle, with William the last royal to enter and the first to depart, according to strict royal protocol. William ,not Harry, was attended by the ranking Church official. This event was likely to have been a show-casing of H&M. For a second son (and his fiancé), this change in status may have been a hard one to take.

      Meghan is accustomed to being the center of attention and on display. Unless Harry or others are chiding her for perceived breaches of tradition/protocol, I doubt she would be fazed by the occasion at this point.
      My mind is boggling, imagining all the behind the scenes machinations involved in the switch. Or maybe William had just not expected to be available. I'm not sure what circumstances could have changed to allow his attendance. I know it is obvious that Harry has been put forward lately, possibly through Charles's influence. I am not sure why.
      I think Meghan looked absolutely gorgeous as well as entirely appropriate at both ceremonies. I can't understand why she has been criticised on internet sites for changing her outfit between events. It made perfect sense, given the circumstances. anon1

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  16. I would never say kate was dowdy - elegant, stylish and eminently appropriate Linda

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  17. I have been waiting ALL day for the name announcement. My current theory is that the prince is named for Phillip or Charles and they are waiting until the prince meets his namesake in person before announcing it to the great wide world. Or, they got scoped on Albert, were rather annoyed, and decided to delay a day. Not so sure about this theory anymore. The announcement by KP that William is Harry's best man is curiously timed, like it was a treat/peace offering for making us wait longer. Or, I am way over analyzing all of this. EB

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