HARTLEPOOL youngster George Passfield’s face lit up when he was told he shared his first name with the future king of England.
“I think it’s really cool,” beamed the five-year-old pupil from Fens Primary School in Hartlepool after finding out the newest in line to the throne was to be named George.
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at 4.24pm on Monday at St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8lb 6oz. But the avidly watching world had to wait until Wednesday evening to learn his name.
But what do people think about the name that has been chosen for our latest Royal addition?
Hartlepool mum Donna Passfield, 44, admitted she was not shocked when she found out the newest arrival into the Royal family was given the same name as her son George.
“It’s a real traditional English name with a lot of history to it,” said Donna, a credit union volunteer.
“Obviously we have had kings called George in the past and I had heard on the radio that the bookies had it as favourite for the name of the new prince.
“I was pleased and quite proud when I found out, it’s lovely for George to have the same name as the future king.”
And George seemed pleased as well, according to his loving mum.
“I told him as soon as I found out and he looked a bit shocked and then really happy,” laughed Donna.
Donna is also a mum of Sam Hilditch, 26, Matthew Hilditch, 24, Jonathan Hilditch, 21, and Charlie Hilditch, 20.
Charlie, is due her first child on September 6, the day before George’s sixth birthday, but Donna ruled out adding another George to the family saying: “If she’s a day late the baby will be born on George’s birthday so they wouldn’t both want the same name as well, even though it is a lovely name.”
Elsewhere, some of Hartlepool’s most prominent Georges lined up to pay tribute to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s choice of name for the young prince.
Prolific Macmillan fundraiser and hospice volunteer George Newbury said: “I’m chuffed to have a baby prince named after me.
“It is a good and traditional name and will be a very popular choice, more so than a more obscure name.”
Another namesake is George Feeney, former undefeated British Lightweight Champion in the early 1980s and one of the most famous boxers to come out of Hartlepool. He said: “It’s a great name for a king.
“It’s a name I’m very proud of and I’m glad they’ve called it George, it will be good to have another King George.”
And Hartlepool councillor George Morris, who represents the Rural West ward said: “It shows the name’s strength.
“It’s a very regal name and now when people have baby boys they will seriously consider calling them George.”