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Royal Baby Naming Hold Up Resembles Jewish Observance

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry travel to Kensington Palace to meet the new unnamed prince

By: Ashley Peters

Published: July 24th, 2013 in News » World

Royal Baby Naming Hold Up Resembles Jewish Observance

Queen Elizabeth, 87, dropped by Kensington Palace Wednesday morning to greet her great-grandson, brought into the world Monday by her grandson Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen spent nearly 40 minutes with her third great-grandson, a short ride from Buckingham Palace to Kensington.

William’s brother, Prince Harry, reportedly paid a visit Wednesday morning to welcome his nephew for the first time. Media scrums gave their Mazel Tov to the monarchical newborn in London as his mother and father appeared from St. Mary’s Hospital in London Tuesday.

The third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and William, and the world’s most-famous tot, still remains unnamed.

As the royal couple settles into Kensington, spending their first night at home following the arrival of their son, the wagers begin on the regal title for the infant. Beyond question, William and Kate’s new baby will bear the honorific title of “His Royal Highness Prince (insert name) of Cambridge.”

Such hold ups have become standard in royal traditions, leaving the public speculating for several days. Diana, Princess of Wales, and her husband, Prince Charles, waited a week before announcing Duke of Cambridge Prince William’s name in 1982.

Unwittingly, Kate and William’s rain check on naming their son resembles a Jewish tradition.

Judaism encourages anonymity to linger a few days before the naming of a baby boy. Boys are typically named at a brit milah, also known as the “covenant of circumcision”, on the eighth day after their birth. Girls are traditionally named at the torah reading on the first Shabbat subsequent to birth.

Although a brit milah is not in order for the royal couple’s male child, they have showed Jewish reticence in the naming of their child.

When deluged with name-related questions from reporters outside St. Mary’s hospital, William retorted with an oy-vey type, “still working” on it.

In the interim, the bookmakers hazard a guess with George, followed by James. With six kings named George and two James, it is a reasonable bet.

UPDATE: The baby name is in. All Hail Prince George Alexander Louis.

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