The new Prince George of Cambridge may become King Louis, if he chooses. Like popes, British kings choose their coronation names. Speaking as an Englishman, Tim Worstall clarifies the new heir’s choices in the name that reigns: “It’s not necessarily King George VII, you know.” he writes in Forbes, “the reason being that these royal babies gain a handful of names: and they can then choose which of that handful they wish to be known as when regnant.”
Before Prince George chooses King George, he must reckon with the actions of King George III, which must still be controversial, since CNN summarizes them this way in “All the King Georges”:
“Although King George III (r. 1760-1820) is most well known for his mental illness, he was quite the intellect in his earlier years.George owned an astronomy lab and was the first king to study science. He also founded the Royal Academy of Arts and had a collection of 65,000 books that were later given to the British Museum.”
Does that timeline ring any bells? The famous American Declaration of Independence in1776 includes these fateful words: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” There follows a list of sins, spit in the face of the British monarch, King George III.
By contrast with CNN, Wikipedia summarizes George III’s military heritage this way: “Early in his reign, Great Britain defeated France in the Seven Years’ War, becoming the dominant European power in North America and India. However, many of its American colonies were soon lost in the American Revolutionary War.”
In America, it is pretty hard to forget the American Revolution. How the Prince of Cambridge will view that event some day may be impossible to predict, but coverage of the new prince’s name should include mention of what King Georges did and did not do. One King George did not heal a breach with Britain’s American colonies. Thus, the UK’s most powerful foe—and ally–was born, a prince in its own way.
For additional information, please see the following:
“IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776: The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” Declaration of Independence. <www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/>.
“Photos: All the King Georges.” CNN. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/24/world/gallery/all-the-king-georges/index.h…
Worstall, Tim. “It’s Not Necessarily King George VII You Know.” July 25, 2013. Forbes. <htt://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/07/25/its-not-necessarily-king-geo….