Saturday, February 20, 2021

August Philip Hawke Brooksbank [born 2021]

 _. The infant son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank has been named August Philip Hawke.

Royal watchers have been on tip toe with excitement over the choice of names that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank has selected for their infant son. Few suspected that the boy would be called August [no doubt to be known as 'Gus'].

Philip is in honour of the infant's great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 100, in June, and Hawke, after a Brooksbank ancestor. The Brooksbanks do tend to use surnames as Christian names. Jack has Stamp amongst his, as does his nephew, Wilfred.

August's 5 x great-grandfather was the Rev Edward Hawke Brooksbank [1789-1883], of Healaugh, Tadcaster, a country squire, and clergyman.

The baby is the first child for the princess, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, and a first grandchild for the Duke of York and for Sarah Duchess of York. The infant is the ninth great-grandchild of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Master Brooksbank [he has no courtesy title] who weighed in at 8lb 1oz, was born at 8:55am,  9 February, 2021, London's Portland Hospital, where Eugenie was born in 1990, and where Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born in 2019.

The baby is eleventh in line of succession to the throne, following his mother, who is in tenth place, and displacing the Earl of Wessex, who drops to 12th position.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married at St George's Chapel, Windsor, 12 October, 2018. 

The most recent birth in the Brooksbank family was last summer, when Amy Brooksbank, wife of Jack's younger brother, Thomas George, gave birth to a son, named Wilfred Stamp Ewing Brooksbank. 

The family do tend to go for family surnames as christian names, and it's a tradition going back generations. 

The trend for including what is usually a surname as a christian name is not common in the royal family. Prince Michael of Kent, born in 1942, has the name Franklin in honour of the wartime US president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and of course the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave Archie the middle name of Harrison, at his birth in 2019. It is not known why Harry and Meghan selected Harrison. 

Jack Christopher Stamp Brooksbank (born 3 May, 1986), scion of the Brooksbank baronets, is the elder son of Mr George Edward Hugh Brooksbank (b 8 Feb 1949), by his wife the former Nicola J Newton (b 1953).

HRH Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York (b 23 Mar, 1990), is the younger daughter of HRH The Duke of York, KG (born 19 Feb, 1960), by his former wife the former Sarah Margaret Ferguson [born 15 Oct, 1959], scion of the Fergusons of Dummer.


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