Royal Baby: George Street toasts new prince

Fiona Coker, right, and Frederica Kennedy in front of the George IV statue. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Fiona Coker, right, and Frederica Kennedy in front of the George IV statue. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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GEORGE Street has raised a glass to the most famous person in the country to share its historic name.

Drinkers and shoppers toasted the health of royal baby George Alexander Louis after his name was revealed by proud new parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The royal couple and their new baby. Picture: AP

The royal couple and their new baby. Picture: AP

The famous city thoroughfare has royal connections having been named after George III, while a statue of George IV stands at the junction with Hanover Street to mark his visit in 1822.

Famous city Georges also praised the name chosen for the third in line to the throne, former lord provost Grubb welcoming the new arrival “to the club”.

Suzanne Lampard, 44, was drinking to Prince George outside Le Monde, and said: “I think it’s lovely. My father’s name is George and my nephew is Alexander so I like it a lot.”

Her friend, Jenna Smith, 27, added: “It’s a really nice name, it sounds very regal.”

The George Hotel was also quick to hail the news, tweeting: “Congratulations to Will and Kate on the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, we think it has a rather lovely ring to it.”

Friends Frederica Kennedy, 25, from Haymarket, and Fiona Coker, 25, from Gilmerton, were both enjoying a drink after work at the Point Hotel to wet the baby’s head.

Frederica said: “It’s a good name. I’m not sure about Louis, it makes me think of Louis Spence. I quite like George, though.”

This was echoed by Fiona, who added: “I had a dog named George when I was younger and he was very nice. I’m sure Prince George will be, too.”

Former Hearts chairman Lord George Foulkes led the chorus for the Georges, saying: “What a wonderful choice, I couldn’t think of a better name. It has served me very well over the years. My advice would be to stick to the original, though, with no variations like Dode, Dod or Georgie.”

Mr Grubb added: “It’s a good statesmanlike name. The best thing about it is that it cannot really be shortened. It’s nice to have a wee modern royal connection.”

But while the name went down well in Edinburgh, Judith Rowbotham, a social historian at Nottingham Trent University, said a previous Prince George of Cambridge was a controversial figure.

Born in 1819, he did not seek sovereign approval when he wed actress Sarah Louisa Fairbrother, who was already the mother of two of his children and pregnant with his third.

The marriage was never recognised, hence his children were not eligible to inherit royal titles.