Prince George and Other British Royals With Summer Birthdays
It seems like just yesterday Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stood on the steps outside of St. Mary’s Hospital in London holding their firstborn son Prince George. Over the years we watched the little prince grow up before our eyes. Now as he marks another birthday, here are a couple of things you may not have known about the future king. Plus, find out what other members of the British royal family were also born in the summertime.
Prince George’s birth was a highly anticipated event
The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn son was a highly anticipated event in the U.K. as reporters and paparazzi had camped outside the hospital waiting to see the couple and their newborn baby.
Prince George arrived on July 22, 2013, at 4:24 p.m. local time. His official birth announcement came via a statement posted on an easel outside of Buckingham Palace, which is in line with royal tradition. His full name is His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
Before leaving the hospital with the infant, Prince William and Kate stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing and posed for photos as they introduced the third in the line of succession to the world. George’s birth marked the first time in more than 100 years that three generations of direct heirs have all been alive at the same time.
Why George’s 7th birthday in 2020 was so significant
Because of the family he was born into and his unique circumstances, William and Kate knew there would be a time when they would have to talk to their oldest child about his future role. Prior to George’s 8th birthday in 2021, it was reported that his parents had that all-important conversation about his destiny.
According to biographer and historian for Netflix’s The Crown Robert Lacey, Prince William and his wife decided to tell George he would be king one day around his 7th birthday.
“William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son. Maybe one day George will tell us the story himself,” Lacey wrote in his book Battle of Brothers (per the Daily Mail). “But sometime around the boy’s 7th birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve. William’s aim as a father, the prince stressed, was to give his son ‘a normal family upbringing,’ enabling the monarchy ‘to stay relevant and keep up with modern times.’”
Other British royals who were born in the summer
Prince George isn’t the only royal who was born in the summer months, a number of his relatives were as well. His father was born in the summer too and at the same hospital on June 21, 1982. Hello! noted that Prince Charles and Princess Diana welcome their eldest son 16 hours after Diana had been admitted to the hospital. William Arthur Philip Louis arrived at 9:03 p.m. local time and weighed in at just over 7 pounds.
George’s aunt Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was born in America at a hospital in Los Angeles at 4:46 a.m. on Aug. 4, 1981, to Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle. The West Park Hospital where her mother gave birth has since closed.
Prince George’s great aunt Princess Anne was also born in the summertime. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II welcomed their only daughter on Aug. 15, 1950, at 11:50 a.m. The Princess Royal weighed in at 6 pounds and her father celebrated her birth over a glass of champagne with his staffers.
Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York‘s eldest daughter was born in the summer as well. Sarah gave birth to Princess Beatrice on Aug. 8, 1988, at 8:18 p.m. Her 8/8/88 birthdate is a palindrome, which is a series of numbers that reads the same backward and forward.