Great Britain has a new heir to the throne. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy today, an infant who immediately becomes third in line to become the British monarch. His arrival bumps Prince Harry into fourth place.
While combing through the Internet looking for a poem to honor the new Prince, I found two by former British Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, that he composed for the 21st birthday of the baby's father, Prince William. The untitled poems are known simply as Side A (in Rap form) and Side B (more traditional). Mr. Motion said that he modeled them after old vinyl LPs and 45s. Motion's poems for William highlight the changing nature of the monarchy as well as the immutable responsibilities that come with the crown. They wish him a life of personal fulfillment while recognizing the constraints that come with being a King-in-waiting. Those challenges will confront William's son as well.
The following are poems fit for a Prince. It would be interesting to know how the role of the monarchy in the modern world will have changed by the time little Prince No-Name-Yet accepts the crown as the 42nd British monarch since William the Conqueror.
by Andrew Motion