Princess Eugenie's Touching Tribute To Two British Prince Consorts

After two weeks of waiting for the name of the new addition to the British royal family, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank finally announced the name of their son.

The princess gave birth on February 9, 2021 at Portland Hospital, and last Friday, on her father, Prince Andrew's 61st birthday, Princess Eugenie and husband, Jack Brooksbank, released the first family photo with their newborn.

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie with their newborn son.

The photo was taken by Princess Eugenie's midwife at the ground of Frogmore cottage in Windsor, where they believed to have taken up residence after Prince Harry moved to the United States with his wife and son. 

The infant finally has a name

Following the release of the photo, Princess Eugenie also made an announcement of her son's name. And it has royals' significant.

The 11th in line to the throne is named August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. The first two names are touching tributes to two British prince consorts. While Hawke is a tribute to Jack's ancestor.

Honoring Two British prince consorts

The Brooksbank couple decided to name their son to honor the last two British prince consorts.

The first name is in honor of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, whose real name was Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel.

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Prince Albert was British prince consort from 1839 to 1861. He died at the young age of 42 due to typhoid fever. 

The baby's second name is in honor of Princess Eugenie's grandfather, Prince Philip, who is still confined at King Edward VII hospital.

The Queen and Prince Philip

Prince Philip is currently the longest serving prince consort in British history,a title he held since the accession of the Queen to the throne in 1952.

At 99, Prince Philip also held the distinction of being the oldest living direct descendant of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

So the choice of the baby's name is very significant to the royal family's modern history.

The 11th in line is touted to be nicknamed "Gus", the shorten version for August.

The name August

A significant number of British royals carried the name August. Queen Victoria's paternal uncle, Ernest Augustus, became King of Hanover in 1837 upon the death of his brother, King William IV.

Victoria reigned in Britain but she couldn't take the Hanoverian crown because it followed the Salic Law which barred women successors. So she reigned under her husband's house name Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

However, King George V changed it to Windsor in 1917 during World War gdue to bitter anti-German sentiments in England.

One of Queen Victoria's paternal aunt, Princess Augusta, didn't marry, so her father, King George III, purchased her a cottage not far from Windsor. 

This house would be later known as Frogmore. Princess Augusta was the first royal resident of Frogmore cottage. 

Such a fitting tribute since Princess Eugenie is the latest royal resident of this crown property.

Born into the aristocracy

Jack Brooksbank's family belonged to the British aristocracy. He is in remainder (possible successor) to the Brooksbank baronetcy of the Healaugh Manor in the York county, a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom.

It was created by King George V to Edward Brooksbank, a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding of Yorkshire, on September 15, 1919.

Coat-of-Arms of the Brooksbank

Jack is a great-grandson of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester whose wife was Georgina Cavendish, from the famous aristocratic Cavendish also blood related to the Spencers, Princess Diana's family.

The 2nd Earl of Leicester was also a direct ancestor of Sarah, Duchess of York, making Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank third cousins twice removed.

Jack Brooksbank is a descendant of King Edward III and King James II through the Earl of Leicester.

His grandfather, Sir Jack Coke, was a Gentleman Usher to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

New Grannies

Sarah, Duchess of York took to instagram to express her joy over the birth of her first grandchild.

The Duke and Duchess of York

"As grandparents, the Duke (Prince Andrew) and I are thrilled and blessed at the arrival of our grandson. He is a bringer of joy to our family". 

Sarah, who has been divorced from Prince Andrew since 1996, still shared a home with the Duke of York in Royal Lodge, Windsor, not far from Frogmore cottage and Windsor Castle.

Congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank! And get well soon Prince Philip! 🙏💖

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