Prince William & Kate Middleton announced the new name of their child this evening. He is called George Alexander Louis.
Kensington Palace revealed the baby’s full name will be George Alexander Louis. William and Kate’s baby will be known as Prince George and as third in line to the throne will one day be king.
Kensington Palace said in a short statement: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.
‘The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.’
By naming their son George – which is synonymous with British kings – it looks like the couple have followed tradition. However, royal sources say the baby’s names are not supposed to be symbolic but that the couple genuinely like them.
The name George – chosen for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son – is synonymous with British kings.
It has come to represent the continuity of the monarchy and remained the bookmakers’ favourite in the name-guessing stakes from the moment Kate’s pregnancy was announced.
Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history since the German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714.
The couple are understood to have had a few ideas for names in mind but it took a few days for them to finally confirm which one was right for their son.
It was William and Kate’s decision what to call their firstborn and all three names picked were chosen because they liked them.
The Queen saw her great-grandson for the first time this morning when she visited the Duke and Duchess at their home at Kensington Palace and would have been told by the couple of their choice.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took much quicker to name their son than Prince Charles and Diana when William arrived in 1982. They took seven days to decide what to call him, while the Queen took a month to name Prince Charles when he was born in 1948.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds were staked on the possibilities of the names. George and James were the favourites at the bookies, after Alexander, Henry, Louis, Richard and Arthur were the next most betted-on choices.
The name will likely come to symbolise an entire era, as in Georgian, Victorian and Elizabethan.
Before the royal couple left the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London where their baby was born, William revealed that naming the infant was a priority, saying: ‘We’re still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can.’
It had been thought the Duke and Duchess would spend a few days deliberating on what to call their son but it appears they may have had a name in mind and were discussing it with family members.
They followed tradition and picked names for their newborn which all have royal connotations.