After one of the most anticipated pregnancies in recent history (perhaps ever), the wait is over and we have a new Prince. HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on July 22nd in St. Mary’s Hospital London, where his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, seems to have had a trouble-free labour (or at least her glowing appearance the next afternoon suggested). Though for photographers it must have been gruelling, the world had to wait but one more day for the first glimpse of the infant Prince (and our future Sovereign, Providence willing) when he appeared outside the Hospital briefly before being whisked away in his carseat.

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What has struck me is how very much the baby is like any other. For certain, he will want for little and his parents will have more extra hands around to help feed, change, bathe and entertain him. However, he is much like any other baby in that he requires the same loving care and attention, and his parents and other family will worry about and dote upon him endlessly.

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He is like any other baby except for path which has been laid before him based on his family’s heritage. His ancestors have ruled all of parts of the United Kingdom and at times as much as a quarter of the globe for over a thousand years. Six of those ancestors and relations have been Kings named George. Not all of their reigns have been praised by either contemporaries of historians, but the third, fifth, and sixth Georges have been as dutiful as one could wish their Sovereign to be. No doubt the fond memory of the latter two influenced the choice of the child’s name.

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Someday, we hope, he will be crowned in St. Edward’s Chair with St. Edward’s Crown and will become King George VII of sixteen Realms across the Commonwealth. Until that time, we wish him and his parents well.

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Below is the official message issued on the occasion of the Royal Birth:

I join with members of the League and all New Brunswickers in sending warm wishes of congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. It brings great joy to my heart to think of the long relationship which Canadians will have the opportunity to develop with Prince George as he assumes his place as third in line to the Throne of Canada. It has not been since the time of Queen Victoria that a living Sovereign has known three generations of Heirs to the Throne. One can hope that Her Majesty’s good health will continue so that she might have the opportunity to impart on this new great-grandchild a small fraction of her wisdom, for someday in the future we look forward to proclaiming our loyalty to this baby as the King of Canada.
 
This celebration is a very human one, and those of us with families can recall the joy with which we greeted the births of our own children. Thus, as much as we herald the arrival of a new Heir to the Throne, we are also conscious of being witnesses to the miracle of the birth of a child. That is one of the many great benefits of our Constitutional Monarchy: that we share with our Sovereign and her family the many joys (and sometimes sorrows) of family life: births, marriages, and deaths. This very human family which is at the head of society allows us to feel as though they are our very own kin. And, so, today we celebrate the birth of a new Royal cousin. May his life be a long and happy one.
 
God Save the Queen! Dieu Protège La Reine!
 
Barry R. MacKenzie
Chairman
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