The herald at the birth of Princess Mary, the only child to survive infancy of the brood of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, proclaimed, "God send and give long life and long unto the right high, right noble and excellent Princess Mary, Princess of England and daughter of our most dread sovereign lord the King's Highness". For the little one born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we recall the prayer, and think it would not be bad thing if Prince William were to dash off on horseback to give thanks at the Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham, and then hold a splendid joust in honour of the child - as did Henry on the birth of his son Prince Henry on New Year's Day, 1512.
I propose a new prayer of thanksgiving for the birth of a boy in particular, given the recent unseemly scramble to change the laws of succession into something more acceptable to that lovely pair Harriet Harman and Theresa May. "Almighty God, who hast delivered unto thy humble servants the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a man-child in safety, in thy providence to be our lord and sovereign, grant that thou mightest alway confound the politics of the ungodly and cast down their foolishness, that the rule of this Christian realm might never be wrested from its rightful heirs. Amen."