The birth of Prince George Alexander Louis inspired one of our Triborough Reference Librarians to take a look at our reference resources….
A New Royal Baby
Gosh everyone was rather excited about the birth of Prince George recently. Not just in the lead up to his birth as well but the naming, first glimpses and photos as well.
Of course Prince George isn’t the first royal baby by any means. I had an interesting time looking through our Illustrated London News for images of our current Queen, Elizabeth II at around the time of her birth in 1926.
I run a Family History Group at Marylebone Library and we were recently talking about what the day of the week we were born on and what these days mean. If you don’t remember it the rhyme (usually referred to as ‘Monday’s Child’) can be found in the Oxford Reference Online database (you’ll need a Kensington and Chelsea library card to access this from home) and it originally went…
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living,
And a child that’s born on the Christmas day Is fair and wise and good and gay.
1838 A. E. Bray Traditions of Devon II. 287
I think that Christmas day refers to Sunday in this instance but it would become the Sabbath day in later versions.
If you’re not sure what day of the week you were born on – you can check on the brilliant website Time and Date. I was born on a Wednesday so apparently I am full of woe!
So – Prince George was born on a Monday (22 July 2013) and the newspapers are indeed saying that he is fair of face. Perhaps more traditionally we would say he looked like Winston Churchill though?
Triborough Reference Librarian
- If you are interested in such proverbs, folklore or previous royal births why not look up which day you were born – and thus your fate, learn about some proverbs from Oxford Reference Online (in the library or from home with a library card).
- Have a browse through the Illustrated London News in Kensington Central Reference Library.
- Delve even deeper into folklore, customs, myths, and more in the Folklore and Customs collection at Kensington Central Reference Library.
- If you’d like some tips on researching your family history – come along to Marylebone Library’s Family History Group.