A Prince of Cambridge
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child - a son; a prince of Cambridge; a future king.
The Queen must feel a great sense of great joy and fulfilment in witnessing the next three generations of the House of Windsor - the first monarch to do so since Queen Victoria. They are inculcated with a sense of duty and an understanding of consistency. We now have four supreme governors of the Church of England lined up very nicely, to be the guardians of the Church’s authoritative formularies, its polity and its confessional identity of affirmation and restraint. They provide ecclesial continuity, theological identity and doctrinal stability..
It is odd to think of Diana, Princess of Wales, becoming a grandmother: she feels somehow frozen in a time of elegance and perpetual youth. But her spirit lives on in this new life.
His Grace will write further when the name of this future king is known. In the meantime, here is the Church of England's Prayer for the Royal Baby:
God our Creator,
who knows each of us by name
and loves us from all eternity:
we give you thanks for new life and human love.
Bless William and Catherine
as they welcome their son into the world.
Give them patience and wisdom
to cherish and love him as he grows.
Surround the family with the light of hope and the warmth of your love today and always; through Jesus Christ our Lord.