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The other Prince George of Cambridge

Close up picture of the new royal baby.Kensington Palace announced yesterday that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had chosen to name their son Prince George of Cambridge.

There has only been one other Prince of Cambridge, and he was also called George.  He was born at Cambridge House in Hanover, Germany in 1819 to Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge, and Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke was an army officer by profession and served in the Crimean War.  He was Commander-in-Chief of the Forces (head of the British Army) for 39 years and a commemorative equestrian statue of the Duke now stands on Whitehall in London.

The Duke of Cambridge was opposed to arranged marriages and believed that they “were doomed to failure”.  He secretly married actress Sarah Fairbrother in 1847, whilst she was pregnant with the Duke’s third illegitimate child.  Their marriage was not recognised under law as they were married in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, which stated that no descendant of George II could marry without the consent of the reigning monarch.  Sarah could not take on the title of Duchess of Cambridge, so she was known as Mrs Fairbrother and later as Mrs FitzGeorge.  Her three children by the Prince were also not eligible to inherit Royal titles.

Prince George passed away in 1904 and his title, Duke of Cambridge, fell into extinction upon his death.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II revived the title 107 years later, when she awarded the title to her grandson, Prince William, on the day of his marriage to Catherine Middleton on 2011.

Richard Palmer, Royal correspondent of the Daily Express, stated via Twitter yesterday that the Palace has planned a small photocall in two weeks and that official portraits of the young Prince George will be released around the time of the christening.

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