The new-born baby boy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, may have the head of the church of England for a great-grandmother, but thanks to her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, he could be joining a very Jewish tradition.
Since the time of King George I (1660-1727), new-born male-members of the Royal House of England have been ritually circumcised. Only William's mother, the late Princess Diana, broke with tradition and left her sons uncircumcised. Queen Victoria, known for her more prudish sentiment, was certainly not amused by foreskin and had all her male offspring circumcised.
Prince Charles, Baby Cambridge's grandfather, was circumcised by Rabbi Jacob Snowman at Buckingham Palace in 1948. His brothers Andrew and Edward were also circumcised.
Snowman was the official mohel of the London Jewish community, the Mizrachi News Bureau reported. It is interesting that the Jewish mohel of London rather than the Royal Physician was called to circumcise the son of Princess Elizabeth, and may call to question whether a mohel's service will be required again.
So the question remains as to which familial tradition Will and Kate will follow when it comes to the newest member of the royal family. Either way, the world will be watching.
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