There is a New Prince waiting to be Welcomed.The people of England take their royalty really seriously. Needless to say, this weekend the royal fans went a little overboard with their speculations and celebration for the newest member of the royal household.
On Monday, April 23, the world welcomed the newest prince of the royal family of England when Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy in St Mary’s Hospital. In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
This is the third child of William and Kate Middleton. On July 22, 2013- Kate was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital where Prince William to had been born and Prince George was born. In September 2014, it was announced that Kate was pregnant with the second child. Princess Charlotte was born on 2nd May 2015.
The name of the new born prince was announced five days later as Louis Arthur Charles and he will bear a title as formidable as all his older siblings. For all official intents and purposes, the new born is His Royal Highness Prince Of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. However, there is a catch- the prince is actually not royalty but a commoner. This is because, according to the intricate rules than govern the royal family of England, only the sovereign, peers of the realm and those with titles like Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron are royalty.
Therefore, even though Prince Louis has royal blood, he technically is not royalty- or will not be until the Queen decides to grant him a title. Where is he in line to the throne?Now all of this speculation about the world’s most popular ceremonial monarchy would not be relevant if eventually Louis did not have the prospect of being the King Of England.
Currently, he is the fifth in line to the throne. If at present the queen abdicates, retires or dies, Prince Charles would be king, followed by Prince William and his first two children George and Charlotte. Another interesting twist of events also makes Princess Charlotte the face of history after Louis’ birth. Previous succession laws in Britain dictated that a younger brother would be favoured over a sister for succession- but there was a change in succession laws that removed that archaic practice. In other news, while the royal wedding of Henry and Marissa come up, this new birth pushes Prince Harry further down the line of succession. He comes sixth, after Louis, in the order of succession. In a lot of ways one might wonder if so much intricate details about the British Royal family still truly be relevant in the face of all the other news there is. But when Prince Louis was born on 23rdApril, for a while there was not a single news channel around the world that did not herald his first cries.
Its an echo, a reminder of one of the greatest colonial empires of the world, and the family half the world once payed homage to. Louis’ birth is important because it keeps alive the history of a people, of a tradition and a way of life- that once changed the world but now only live in tabloids, gossip columns and in the heart of a nation in love with their glorious past. All other monarchs have died forgotten and lost in the dust of time while their nations moved on as democracies and republics. It is only the nation of Great Britain that chose to stay in love with their monarchy, and that love alone is what sustains a family in its rituals and glory for generations to come. While the monarchy of the United Kingdom had a lot of faults, maybe they did something right-for while almost all other nobles have been forgotten, they still live in the heart of a bleak, tea-loving nation.