Virginia Barton

23 July 2013: A new Prince, born where I once worked

23 July 2013

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Thank the Lord for the safe delivery of little Prince! May he thrive and prosper in health and spiritual blessings. (Wealth we may take as a given.)

Rejoicing is the order of the day. Her Majesty the Queen may now go on her summer holiday, the press pack can quit the environs of Paddington, and the general public, after heaving a sigh of relief, can get on with minding its own business.


July 22nd is an auspicious day for it is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the first witness of the Resurrection. Has anyone told the parents? Might they take this into consideration when choosing The Name I wonder? (There is no masculine equivalent for Mary Magdalene as far as I know, and it would be a bold step for an Englishman, let alone a non-Catholic royal, to do as the Spanish or Portuguese: e.g. José-Maria.)

Several names will be chosen no doubt; bookmakers have been taking bets for months. It’s bound to be a Christian name anyway, which will cheer those of us fed up with Cloud, Buzzard and Galaxy etc.


Years and years ago I worked in the Lindo Wing where this infant has first drawn breath. The façade of the building hasn’t changed one jot, but I bet the inside has been completely updated. To catch an echo of what it was like in those far-off days, click here.


Hey ho, happy days!





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