The Royal Baby Has a Name: His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

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Kensington Palace has just announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their firstborn son — and third in line to the British throne — George Alexander Louis. The child’s official title will be His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, but will most likely be known as Prince George.

While there’s been no official word on how the name was chosen — indeed, just yesterday the Duke, a.k.a. Prince William, told reporters that they hadn’t yet chosen a name — George was a favorite name for the new heir among Britain’s bookmakers. George was the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s father and William’s great-grandfather, King George VI, and a name that dates back to the inception of the current royal family’s Hanoverian dynasty in the early 18th century with George I, a German import. If the new Prince ascends the throne, he will be King George VII.

Less clear is why the couple chose the second name Alexander, which was also a betting favorite with Britain’s leading bookies. (The names James, Henry, Richard and Arthur were also given good odds as potential names, but sadly for those who put their money down, they weren’t chosen.)

And finally, the name Louis could be, in part, a nod to Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was Prince William’s great-great-uncle, as well as the Queen’s second cousin once removed. Lord Mountbatten was assassinated in 1979, when the Irish Republican Army planted a bomb on his yacht.

The Duke and Duchess introduced Prince George to his great-grandmother the Queen earlier today, before leaving Kensington Palace in London and heading for Bucklebury, Berkshire, where the Middletons have a manor house.

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30 comments
navneelkh
navneelkh

@TIME agree,&is a bit old fashioned as it reminds u of goneby years!!!!!

ltprob95
ltprob95

@carloalberto mondo anglosassone del pricing a tutto, asset e commodities a cui si aggiunge cultura dei rischi sottostanti e consapevolezza

sun00200
sun00200

@TIME He's Royalty!! Ask twitter to increase the number of characters allowed, then you can pour out His name :) :)

0723yh
0723yh

@tjimbo 日本人の名前って漢字や好みの「音」の組み合わせなんかで無尽蔵に新しい名前ができるけど欧米ってどうなんだろう。

jhoughton1
jhoughton1

Around here, the throne is what we call the terlet. 

DamienMullin
DamienMullin

@TIME lies, you just want me to go to your website. Silly corporations

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Well, at least they didn't call him Prince Albert In a Can.

MikeW522
MikeW522

I get more excited about the royal extramarital affairs that happen after they crap out their babies and get bored with each other.

Beersheva
Beersheva

After all that hoopla, who would've thought they'd name the kid after Costanza?

placido1033
placido1033

The Royal baby named George Alexander Louis,

I hope will not take this friendly warning amiss:

The initials of his name form an acronym,

That could make things for him grim,

When school bullies will the same, at him hiss.

billc72069
billc72069

the Queen's fathervwas the late KING GEORGE THE SIXTH ;

therefore, the new royal baby  will be crowned as KING GEORGE THE SEVENTH !