The Royal Family have announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child. As with her previous pregnancies, the Duke and Duchess were forced to announce the news earlier than they intended (when the Duchess required medical attention for hyperemesis gravidarum). As a result of legislation passed in 2013, regardless of whether the child is a girl or a boy, they will be fifth in line to the throne, potentially becoming the first member of the royal family directly affected by the change in the law. Already, the media is awash with speculation that, as the third child, there is little chance that they will ascend the throne, as it was when Princess Charlotte was born. This is something which is not quite as ‘unheard of’ as the media might think.
Yesterday, in case you have been living under a rock and managed to miss the worldwide media storm, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy, a boy who is now third in line to the throne and will one day, be King of England. After the initial celebratory ‘it’s a boy’ announcements, the immediate question was, what will they call him? Currently, the name George is thought to be the favourite, but in the mean time, I have been flicking through the pages of some of my dustier history books, and found a collection of royal names for heirs, that never became king.