William and Kate Name Royal Baby George Alexander Louis

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

William and Kate name royal baby George Alexander Louis

The duke and duchess gave the world its first glimpse of Prince George on Tuesday

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.

It is thought 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.

There have been six King Georges up to now, most recently the Queen’s father, although 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.

King Georges

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

Lord Mountbatten and William’s father the Prince of Wales were very close. Known by the Royal Family as Uncle Dickie, he was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Alexander was said to be a favourite of Catherine’s.

This is a relatively quick announcement of a name 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.

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, regardless of parentage, must be registered within 42 days at the hospital before leaving or a register office.