The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will keep it “traditional” when it comes to naming royal baby no. 3.
The royal pair announced their new pregnancy merely a week ago, sparking a flurry of bets on the possible name for the baby.
However, according to Christian Turner, global naming director at Siegel+Gale, the couple is likely to opt for a “traditional but down-to-earth” name.
“The key consideration when naming a royal baby is the fine balance between tradition and accessibility,” Turner told Hello! magazine. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will want the fifth-in-line to the throne to bear a name worthy of such weight, and it’s therefore likely they will choose a solid, traditional name with strong links to royalty. At the same time, they won’t want to appear old-fashioned or haughty, so choosing a name the public can embrace is equally important.”
“George and Charlotte are excellent examples of names that strike the balance perfectly; royal by tradition, solid in heritage, both names have enjoyed a resurgence over the last decade, and it’s not uncommon to hear either name being called in the local playground. This is common of the style of this generation of royals, who want to be more down-to-earth than their predecessors,” he added.
The princely couple is getting ready to welcome royal baby no.3.
The news was confirmed on Monday by Kensington Palace. The pregnancy is said to be less than 12 weeks and it will be the couple’s third child in 5 years.
The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, was apparently forced to make the announcement as she had to cancel an engagement on Monday because of extreme morning sickness.
“Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news,” a statement from the Palace read.
“As with her previous two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. Her royal highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road children’s centre in London today. The duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.”
It seems that recent speculation about a third royal pregnancy proved correct. After receiving a toy during a trip to Poland in July, Kate joked with her husband about the need to “have more babies,” feeding the rumors of a third pregnancy.
Whether it’s a girl or boy, the future baby will take fifth place in succession to the British throne, behind Prince Charles, William and George and Charlotte. This royal baby will relegate Prince Harry to sixth place.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will accompany their eldest son, Prince George, 4, on his return to kindergarten.
For little George’s return to classes, the royal couple decided to do away with the drivers and staff made available and take him to school themselves.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanying Prince George, will be met on arrival at the school by the Head of Lower School, Helen Haslem, who will then escort Their Royal Highnesses to Prince George’s reception classroom,” a statement from Kensington Palace announced. [via People]
Thus on September 7 the royal pair will be at Thomas Elementary School, in the Battersea district of London, for the beginning of the school year.
Like Diana before them, Kate and William are keen to offer their children a “normal” education. They have thus overruled the royal protocol which requires children to study through homeschooling, and opted for a “regular” school instead.
The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, recently revealed that her daughter has something in common with her late grandmother.
Even though she will never have the chance to meet her maternal grandmother, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, Princess Charlotte will be happy to have inherited one of the princess’ great passions: dance.
During her visit at the Princess Diana garden at Kensington Palace on Wednesday with Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate revealed that the 2-year-old is attending dance classes.
“She absolutely loves it,” she said while chatting to English National Ballet director Tamara Rojo about Diana’s passion for dancing.[via Hello!]
During the conversation, Prince William went into detail about Lady Di’s passion: “She loved dancing, she was a fantastic dancer. We’ve been going through her music collection recently and there’s some quite eclectic stuff in there. She was elated by the skill.”
William and Kate have revealed that they try to bring Diana’s memory into their children’s life.
In the documentary “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy”, the Duke explained that he tells his children stories about his mother.
“So we’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff. And it’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that – that level of detail. So I – I do regularly put George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they – they know who she was and that she existed,” the Prince said.