Royal baby: William and Kate name their son George

Prince William and his baby son The name of the new prince has been announced two days after his birth

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has said.

The third in line to the throne, who was born on Monday at 16:24 BST, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

The Queen was told of Prince George's name when she met him for the first time on Wednesday.

The family are at the Middleton home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, after spending a night at Kensington Palace.

George was the bookmakers' favourite for the first name of the prince.

The duke and duchess had been expected to pick a traditional royal name for their son, who was born at St Mary's Hospital in London, weighing 8lbs 6oz.

Royal infants usually have historical names which are passed down through the generations.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy on 23 July 2013 The duke and duchess gave the world its first glimpse of Prince George on Tuesday
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy on 23 July 2013 The duke joked that his son had "got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure".
Duchess of Cambridge holds her new baby boy Prince George is the first child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and is third in line to the throne
Duchess of Cambridge and her husband leave hospital with their baby The duke and duchess left hospital on Tuesday night for Kensington Palace, which is expected to be their new home
62 gun salute to mark the birth of Prince George at the Tower of London in central London on July 23, 2013 There were celebrations across the country on news of the prince's birth, including a 62-gun salute outside the Tower of London
Queen in Bentley car leaving Kensington Palace On Wednesday morning, the Queen met her great-grandson for the first time and was told his name then
Composite file photo of King George III, King George V and King George VI Other Georges to have been king include George III (L), George V and the Queen's father, George VI (R)
Royal baby mug design Now the name has been announced, the Prince George merchandise will be rolling off the conveyor belt

There have been six King Georges up to now, most recently the Queen's father, although his first name was Albert and he was known to his family as Bertie.

The name Louis is Prince William's fourth name and is likely to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.

At the scene

On the grass in front of Kensington Palace the name George has been spelt out with dozens of little boxes.

"It is a product to help breast-feeding mothers," an entrepreneurial woman replies when asked what is in the boxes. "A food supplement. We want to get some to Kate but she is not here is she?"

Indeed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Nottingham cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace in the early afternoon and most passers-by are unaware that this week's most famous new parents have named their son.

Waiting reporters reveal the name to some of the enquiring public. Most are satisfied with the choice. "Not surprising," say others.

Only one crinkles up his nose when he hears the three names.

For a few minutes there is a buzz around the camera crews as broadcasters analyse the significance of George Alexander Louis and then the park returns to normal as the cyclists and runners drift by, oblivious that His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, their future king, has been named.

Prince Charles was immensely fond of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. Known by the Royal Family as Uncle Dickie, he was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979.

The prince's other middle name - Alexander - is one that three medieval Scottish kings have had, and was also the name of the famous 4th Century ruler Alexander the Great. The Queen's middle name is Alexandra.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said George will be seen as a tribute to the Queen's father but the couple are said to genuinely like the name themselves.

Alexander was a favourite of Catherine's, he added.

The BBC's Peter Hunt said Prince George does not have to be King George if he accedes to the throne - he can choose another name, as the Queen's father did.

"Royal names are diminishing. Edward VIII had 7; Prince Charles has 4; Prince William 4; Prince George 3. #princegeorge," he tweeted.

Charles Mosley, author of Blood Royal, told the BBC he knew it would be George.

"It was the name of the sovereigns under whom this country became a world player - in the 19th Century, defeating Napoleon, and in the 20th Century, winning two world wars.

"Louis is a nod in the direction of the Mountbatten element in the Royal Family. And indeed the surname of the royal family is still Mountbatten. His (Prince George's) birth certificate and marriage certificate will say Mountbatten-Windsor."

As well as being an established regal name, George is also a saint's name. St George was an early Christian martyr and is the patron saint of England.

The announcement of the new prince's name has been relatively quick compared with previous royal babies.

It was seven days before the name of a newborn Prince William was announced in 1982, and there was a wait of a month following Prince Charles's birth in 1948.

King Georges

  • George I - Born 1660, Hanover. Reign: 1714-27
  • George II - Born 1683, Hanover. Reign: 1727-60
  • George III - Born 1738, London. Reign: 1760-1820
  • George IV - Born 1762, London. Reign: 1820-1830
  • George V - Born 1865, London. Reign: 1910-36
  • George VI - Born 1895, Sandringham. Reign: 1936-1952

The Queen spent 30 minutes with her new great-grandson on Wednesday. At a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, the monarch said she was "thrilled" at the arrival of her third great-grandchild.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, paid visits to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Later that day, Catherine's sister Pippa Middleton went to Kensington Palace and Prince Harry also paid his new nephew a visit.

The duke and duchess left Kensington Palace shortly after the Queen's visit and were driven to Bucklebury. It had been expected that the couple would want to spend time at the duchess's family home but it is not known how long they will stay.

Prince William has two weeks' paternity leave before he is due back to work in Anglesey where he is an RAF search and rescue pilot.


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    Comment number 978.

    For all those haters. Its their country we live in! I think its a refreshing change to the usual doom and gloom. If you don't want to hear about the Royal Birth then don't read the article.
    The people moaning about the Tax it is costing, remember it's their money, they can do what they like with it.

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    Comment number 977.

    @ Sally

    It isn't a grotesque injustice at all, as I'm sure like his father and most of the Royal family he will have a full time job and continue to work beyond retirement age as the does the Queen. Of course if you feel so strongly about living under a Monarchy as you clearly do, then nothing is stopping you from emigrating?? It's a free country after all.

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    Comment number 976.

    Just because I dislike the none stop sickly sycophantic nonsense the BBC is sprouting forth doesn't mean I'm in favour of a republic.
    Why are some people so narrow minded, could it be the Daily Mail?

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    Comment number 975.

    @Sally the contrarian

    I'm sorry, but I honestly cannot believe you think Cromwell was a force for good. He basically led a group of men that could only be described as an English Taliban. The point is, neither republicanism nor monarchism are good when applied irresponsibly. Thankfully, our monarchy is responsible with the power it has. So if it isn't broke, why fix it?

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    Comment number 974.

    I suppose Gaius or Julius weren't regal enough. What's a dictator got to do for heavens sake?

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    Comment number 973.

    Sally the contrarian - your comment to Emily is funny, we the taxpayer will not be paying for George all his life or ours. Would it be any different from paying child benefits? to millions of others? no. Besides we are not paying for the Royals to life, we help contribute to there lifestyle there is a difference. (or rather we use to)

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    Comment number 972.

    Wish they would have called him something different for a change. Even Peter would have been a breath of fresh air.

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    Comment number 971.


    "The point being of course, was that the people chose the Monarchy over a Republic...."

    Depends what you mean by 'the people'.
    If you mean the rich and the landed gentry - many of whom got generous handouts after the Restoration - then yes.
    It's unlikely that the peasants got asked.

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    Comment number 970.

    I would say, all these names are European names!

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    Comment number 969.

    It is great, but the links it uses should always be vetted.

    I don't know if they "chose." More like once people get into power they abuse it, more often than not, in their own favour. But we're off topic now.

    How do you feel that every child in your street will spend their entire working lives paying George, for merely being born? Doesn't that seems a grotesque injustice to you?

  • rate this

    Comment number 968.

    946 Why are you feeling sorrry for the baby? Surely his life will be much the same as William himself!!!! And he has grown into a wonderful young man of whom his mother would be very proud of. If anything he will have a better life as William & Kate appear so grounded. GWAD BLESS EM ALL hahaha

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    Comment number 967.

    I am seriously offended that every few years people focus on a joyous occasion for a family which we all have in common instead of permanently focusing on bad news and day-to-day whinging. This completely powerless couple are seriously affecting my delicate sensibilities. Please cease to cover this news story so that I can (ironically) join millions of others in continuing in their own lives.

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    Comment number 966.

    I like the royal family but it saddens me that there are so few names that they can give to a boy or girl. And that the Queen has to give it the okay. George is a perfectly fine name but I can't help feel they had a choice of only about 5 or 6 names, which is sad.

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    Comment number 965.

    @Barney R (942)
    Ironic comments, seeing as your lot were rather more than nasty and vindictive in 1776, they kicked the Monarchy out forever!

    You like our Monarchy so much, you have them!

  • rate this

    Comment number 964.

    Royalists -wake up for God's sake!! This family does not give two hoots about the common people. You might get a silver baby penny. What do you think this out-dated family say to each other before they go out to the plebs and distribute them. They are most likely consider it a chore and a royal laugh at you. And as for dying for queen and country... Aye right.

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    Comment number 963.

    I am surprised and signed up to make my comment. Are you originally from another country or too young to respect the monarchy? I am not a royalist but do respect this is front page news over and above front page news from another country. We are proud of our monarchy and proud to be British.

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    Comment number 962.

    @927 I was quite surprised to see many people at the last major Republic rally, demanding we abolish the monarchy and replace it with a member of the Labour/Tory party.
    I was under the impression that both parties were utterly discredited but alas, one of their number, perhaps even an ex PM, must be president. You know, we don't have any say who becomes a candidate, only who becomes the president.

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    Comment number 961.

    Bread and circuses, that's how the Romans kept the Plebs happy, and it still works. Still little George had the sense to be born into the best paid benefits family, from poverty stricken German immigrants....

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    Comment number 960.

    Monarch deserves the privilege 'cos she sacrificed herself to the nation. Spiteful comment makers, we do receive state pension when we get old, don't we! Pension depends on one's own contribution! So is Monarch! At least she did her duties & still does! Her own privilege brings tourism to earn herself. Equality! Say for ex: an office director gets her/his privileges. Not all subordinates! Compare!

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    Comment number 959.

    Well, the names chosen only show that the couple are not unique enough as the public were able to predict the names. The media probably boosted their love for the name

    Personally, i will give name that portray meaning to my child not just because of historical ties or affiliation neither because it sounds nice. British culture should learn something from the other world and think outside the box.


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