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Kate, William reveal royal baby’s name Prince George Alexander Louis

July 25, 2013 at 1:07 am | News Desk

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LONDON: Duke William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton revealed the name of the royal baby with two middle names, Prince George Alexander Louis, on Wednesday.

“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,” the palace said in a statement.

The name’s announcement comes a day after the duchess left hospital and two days after she gave birth to the third in line to the throne.

George was the most popular name with betting firms William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power. James was also a favourite with punters, with Alexander, Henry, Louis, Richard and Arthur the next most popular choices.

The naming has happened quickly by historical royal standards. Prince George’s father was not named for a week, and it took a month for the name of the baby’s paternal grandfather, Prince Charles, to be announced.

It was widely expected that William and Kate would not wander far from convention and select anything too outlandish for a prince who is likely to reign one day and whose name could symbolise an era.

Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history since German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714.

Earlier, for the first time in more than a century, a reigning monarch met a great-grandchild born in direct succession to the crown when the Queen was introduced to Prince George.

She made the short journey from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son had spent their first night at home as a new family.

Among other visitors received by the Cambridges was Prince Harry, the baby’s uncle, who is now bumped down to fourth in the line of succession. He has previously said: “I can’t wait to be an uncle.”

The duchess’s sister, Pippa Middleton, visited on Tuesday night shortly after mother and baby were discharged from hospital.

After the Queen’s visit, the duke, duchess and infant prince left Kensington Palace for Bucklebury, Berkshire, where the Middletons have a manor house.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “This is now a private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.”

Details of the meeting with the Queen, therefore, are unlikely to be made public.

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