A Princess is Born!

I was traveling yesterday but managed to keep up with news about Britain’s newest princess. She looked like a little doll in her mother’s arms.

Newborn Princess

Dad seemed pretty happy, too.

Now the big question is, what name will they give their new little princess? The odds are on Charlotte, which would go well with George . . . as the royal family demonstrated in the 18th Century.

King George III and Queen Charlotte

King George III and Queen Charlotte with six of their children. Their granddaughter was named Charlotte, too.

My vote is for the princess to be named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. It gives a nod to Prince Charles, the Queen, and Prince William’s mother and (most importantly) it has a nice ring to it.

The Glorious Georges

I wish I were going to be in London this month so I could see the Historic Royal Palaces exhibit at Hampton Court, Kew Palace and Kensington Palace. The event marks the 300 year anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the British throne.

King George I reigned from 1714 to 1727

King George I reigned from 1714 to 1727

Each location explores the life of a different monarch. King George I is featured at Hampton Court with objects and artwork that illustrates life in his Royal Court.

King George II is featured at Kensington Palace. Visitors are invited to “explore the sumptuously restored King’s State Apartments, gamble like a courtier, enjoy Georgian music and join Queen Caroline while her ladies dress her in her finery.”

King George II reigned from 1727 to 1760

King George II reigned from 1727 to 1760

And Kew Palace features King George III’s reign which saw many social changes and the rise of British industry.

If, like me, you can’t jet off to London this month, reading about the exhibition will have to suffice. Fortunately, Historic Royal Palaces has created some entertaining additions to their website, including a short film about the exhibit, which you can view here: www.hrp.org.uk/georges

King George III reigned from 1760 to 1820

King George III reigned from 1760 to 1820

There’s a lot to see and savor on this site. You can click through all the tabs and sub-menus to find little nuggets of Georgian factoids. And here’s a link to one of my favorite pages under Hampton Court Palace: The Georgian Chocolate Kitchen. Be sure to scroll down to see the recipes at the bottom of the page and a video for making chocolate port. Yum.