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Prince William wants George to be left-handed

William left-handed wants son George to be left-handed tooIt has been reported that Prince William (a left-hander himself) wants his son George to be left-handed as well “so he can be a brainbox”. This follows a commonly held belief that left-handers are more intelligent than right-handers and that a disproportionate number of scientists, artists, musicians and world leaders are left-handed.

Tracing the left-handers in George's royal bloodlines is difficult as a lot of them were made to change as children and were not “openly” left-handed.  Queen Victoria (1837-1901) is widely reported as being naturally left-handed and, while she wrote with her right hand, she painted with her left, which is a good sign of a forced change.

King George VI tennis left-handedGeorge VI (1936-52) was famously made to change from his natural left to write right-handed by his very strict father George V.  This resulted in many problems for the man later to become King on the abdication of his brother, including a severe stutter that became the subject of the the film “The King's Speech”.  George was so upset by this that he is reported to have told his daughter Elizabeth (our current Queen) that forcing children to change hands must stop.  (the picture shows King George playing tennis at Wimbledon – with his natural left-hand of course)

Prince Charles has been reported as being a lefthanders but he writes and performs most other activities with his right and, given the stricture from George VI, it is unlikely he was changed so he must be a natural right-hander.  Princess Diana was also right-handed (though her father John Spencer was left-handed so there are plently of left-handed genes floating around).  Prince William has been openly left-handed from an early age, but his brother Harry is right-handed.

Prince George sucks his left thumb - is he left-handed?Prince George was born on 22 July 2013 so is only just over a year old and not giving obvious clues like writing left-handed yet!  However, we know from our own children that there are definite tendencies that indicate the hand the child is going to prefer from a very young age, and maybe Wiliam has become aware of this.  George was certainly picture sucking his left thumb as a baby.

There is certainly a good line of left-handed King Georges – 3 of the last 5 have been left-handed so the new Prince George would make it 4 out of 6 (George II 1727-60, George IV 1820-30, George VI 1936-52).

We will watch with interest as young Prince George develops and see if he will become a champion for his fellow lefthanders.

If anyone has more information on the handedness of the Royal Family, please add a comment below.

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19 comments on “Prince William wants George to be left-handed
  1. Terri says:

    I too was encouraged to write right handed until my mother intervened. Ihavelearnedto adapt like everyone else in this right handed world.
    One trick that I managed so that my penmanship ( an art that is seldom recognized any more) had a right slant,was to tilt my paper up to the left. And one point my paper was in a vertical position. This was to avoid the smudge factor. Today I am still complimented on my handwriting. As a teacher I am very conscious of my left handed students. I embrace and accommodate this difference. I have all my left handed students tilt their paper. This has worked and has alleviated a lot of painful wrist and has helped with the self esteem of the students. Their handwriting has improved and no longer does the student feel that their writing is bad.

  2. Terry Miller says:

    Every year on Lefthanders Day I tell my family that they should eat with their Lefthand all day to honor me. No one does it. Any ideas how to make this a fun new tradition?

  3. Wendy Day says:

    Why is it always left-handed children who have to suffer -= and have to suffer narrow mindedness like pens on the right of the counter in banks and building societies as adults? Why aren’t right-handed children forced to use their left hands?! Apparently the woman who was on Test Card F at 8 years old, Carole Hersee, is left-handed and was forced to use her right hand on the testcard!

  4. Patricia Jean says:

    Hope George is left-handed; it is a prestigious honor! When one make friends with another left-hander, they usually tend to bond because of it and become very close friends!I am left-handed as is my mom and very proud of it! She is very talented in soooo many areas! I am athletic & have just noticed a little artistic quality I hold now, in regard to artsy hobbies. 🙂

  5. It Isn't All Right says:

    We agree with you, Andrew. It certainly is a barbaric practice and has no place in our society today. Our interpretation is that Wills is simply expressing his desire for his son to be a natural left hander, rather than saying he will be forced to be one. At least, we hope this is what he’s saying. You’re absolutely right in saying that forcing a child to swap from their dominant hand is stupid.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Am proud do being part of this where am from in Africa I was beaten in school and given heavy punishment just because am left handed which I took to be a curse .Sylvia x

  7. Andrew says:

    Barbara – I’m a proud leftie, but one who’s played a lot of hockey since the age of 8. You don’t have to become a right hander to play field hockey. You can only play field hockey right-handed because that is the way the stick is designed. The rules of the game only allow you hit to hit the ball with the flat side of the stick. To hit a ball with the stick with any decent facility your left hand has to be at the top of the stick and the right hand beneath it. In contrast, in ice hockey you can hit the puck with either side of the stick, so players can interchange between right-handed and left-handed easily without actually needing to change their grip. In fact, there are those who believe that left handers should bat right-handed in cricket and use right-handed clubs in golf because the left arm is then the leading arm, the one which is required for control of shots and strokes. Although an almost total leftie, I do bat right-handed and play golf right-handed.

  8. Ananth says:

    I am natural left-hander who can write, hold things, play and do anything only with my left-handed. Though my parents were very understanding and haven’t forced me to use the other hand, due to social pressure I had to switch to eating with my right hand in my early age 10 or 11 years, since in India eating with left hand is considered as really awkward. I abode by the social norms for good 14 years until recently I was in UK for my Graduate course and I realised many people using both the hands without facing any trouble and there is no social pressure. I switched to using my left hand as the main hand for eating which has provided me lot of comfort n felt like getting back my natural way of eating ! In fact, I was unintentionally eating very slow all these years, after switching now I am able to eat with speed which is my normal way !My sincere suggestion to any parent / relatives / friends – Do not put any pressure on a left handed kid..It is as natural as your right hand for us and after all using one’s own hand to do their activities is each individual’s comfort and right ! CheersAnanth

  9. Richard says:

    I agree 100% with everything said no one has the right to force someone who is lefthanded to become righthanded.

  10. Kathy says:

    I too was subjected to “re-training” to be right handed. When that didn’t work in my 2nd grade of school I was put in an obvious place designated for problem students, at the end of a long narrow table. I am glad to report that being leg-handed has prompted me to learn to play tennis by myself with my left hand and I’ve been able to paint with oils with my left hand. I am the only one in my family with this dexterity. I feel one of my sons should have been left-handed, but he too was re-trained by his teachers and his father who said it was a distinct disability to not be right-handed! I am happy to report that being left-handed has not been a disadvantage but a great asset in my creative life.

  11. Mohamed Tawfic Ahmed says:

    This is a very interesting story, it is a good publication for the quality of lefthanded, I would post it on my facebook page

  12. Richard says:

    I agree with everything you said I think the child should be left alone and let his natural handedness come through. And also the idea of forcing children who are lefthanded to become righthandedis not only stupid but absurd as well.

  13. Marco says:

    In my elementary years I started to learn to write with my left hand but of course at that time you’re not aware of it at all. I was fascinated by how beautiful letters were and the magic of we as humans, were able to produce such magnificent signs that engrossed my concentration thoroughly.Because I was a Montessori pupil, perhaps that was the reason we children weren’t thwarted to switch hand; a most enlightened teaching method to surface potentialities of a child without forcing him or her to frustrate their nature.

  14. Elizabeth Macinata says:

    I am left-handed; my ex-husband is right handed. Our son began showing a preference for using his left hand at the young age of 18 months. My ex-husband was not happy, so he would place the utensil (spoon) in the center of the high-chair tray, hoping to see the boy reach for it with his right hand. The child never did and he became decidedly left handed. He uses his right hand for cutting with scissors. He is definitely a “brainbox.” However, I firmly believe that a child should develop in whatever way is natural for him and not be forced into any handedness, left or right. If anything, I would hope we are all balanced between left and riht brains, adept at intuitive as well as logical thinking.

  15. Lois Winters says:

    When I was just a baby, I always reached with my left hand. My father would offer me something and when I tried to take it with my left, he tried to make me use my right hand. However, my mother interceded and told him to leave me to do what comes naturally. And, even when I went to school, my parents instructed my teachers to let me write with my left hand, which was honored. Happily, even though in my professional life I had to make certain adjustments in this right handed world all worked out well. Prince William should leave his son to follow his natural instincts. I doesn’t mean the lad will be a lame brain in later life.

  16. Jennifer says:

    I am left handed in most things and have always felt ‘special’. An attempt at school to force me to write right handed was thwarted by my mother, a very forward thinking woman. I was allowed to grow and develop as nature intended, and while I don’t think I am a ‘brainbox’, in many ways I am ‘smart’, which has helped me immensely during the past 65 years.Also, I don’t think it is Prince William’s intention to force his young son to be left handed, it is more his wish that he will be left handed, and whether the child is a ‘brainbox’ or not, that is already established I would think.

  17. Barbara Bolt says:

    I started school in 1934 already able to read and write (with my left hand) – an enlightened headmaster allowed me to continue what I had started on my own. He made life easier for me (eg a fountain pen rather than ink-well bother), to the extend that a later teacher was unaware for a long time that I was a leftie. Later I studied left-handedness as part of an education-based BA. I found pressure in many schools in the 1950s still to force “lefties” out of their “right minds” – and I hear of instances even today. A close friend had to become a right-hander to play hockey, but in everything else was a leftie.At the time of my studies it was revealed that in (Western ) populations, the proportion of left-preference was closer to 10% than the 4% which text-books of the time suggested. My hypothesis suggested a normal curve of distribution that saw the bulk of the population “ambidextrous” to a varying extent, and so able to adjust more easily than the extremes.Hand (or limb) preference takes about two years to establish – but even in those years lefties show their brain dominance that is going to decide. My own belief is that preference is shown in a normal curve of distribution allowing a great number of “ambidextrous” preferences that come to be taught to be “normal”.

  18. Elizabeth Wright says:

    I had the same problem at school, until my parents helped get it sorted. I am proud to be a leftyUp to now none of my family are left handed. Interesting to read about the Royal Family. Thank You Regards E.

  19. Chas Kenny says:

    Lady Helen Taylor, the daughter of the Duke of Kent, is another left handed member of the Royal Family.

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