Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce birth of son - Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 23 July
Prince George of Cambridge, a future king of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms, was born in London’s St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington on 22 July.
Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 23 July
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce birth of son
A future king of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms has been born in London’s St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby – 8lb 6oz – at 4.24pm GMT on Monday 22 July. Two days later, on 24 July, it was announced that the baby would be called George Alexander Louis.
Prince George, who will be known officially as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, is third in line to the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles, who is first, and his father Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who is second.
The birth put paid to months of speculation over the gender of the royal baby. The birth of this particular heir held the potential of historical significance, being the first child to be born under the new Succession to the Crown Act 2013. This act ended over three centuries of primogeniture – the right of the first-born son to inherit the throne. Under the previous law, a first-born female child would have lost her place in line to a younger brother.
Prince William – who was present at the birth after taking annual leave from his RAF base in North Wales – released a brief statement after the birth, saying simply: “We could not be happier.”
Prince Charles said he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were “overjoyed” at the birth of his first grandchild. “"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
Other messages of congratulations have been sent from around the world. Barack Obama, president of the US, said: “We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.”
- Are you interested by the news of a royal baby? Why/why not?
- What do you imagine it must be like to be born famous? Is this a life you would choose? Explain your answer.
- The royal birth will be the subject of much media attention. How much privacy should the royal family be allowed?
- Research a previous British monarch with the name George. Find out five facts about him.
- Learn more about the Prince of Cambridge’s genealogy with this free poster from First News children’s newspaper.
- This selection of writing tasks to get your students writing creatively includes a student checklist for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Practise the future tense with this prediction activity about the royal baby.
- Celebrate the arrival of the royal baby with this activity pack inspired by Nicholas Allan’s The Royal Nappy.
- Introduce key facts about members of the royal family with this introductory PowerPoint.
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