, LONDON, Jul 24 – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate on Wednesday named their newborn baby boy George Alexander Louis, sticking firmly to royal tradition with a first name used by six previous kings.
George was the clear favourite during the fevered speculation about the prince’s name, as it pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved father King George VI, who reigned from 1936 until his death in 1952.
The new baby, who is third in line to the throne, will now officially be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, after his father and mother the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The announcement came just hours after the queen met her great-grandson at Kensington Palace for the first time since his birth on Monday, leading to speculation she had given the name her final clearance then.
The new parents, both 31, and their little prince later left for Kate’s parents’ house in rural Berkshire, outside London, seeking a respite from the global media frenzy that has swirled around them for days.
“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,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The baby will not automatically be King George VII when he comes to the throne, however, as there have been reports that William’s father Prince Charles may take that title when he succeeds the queen.
Prince William had said that the couple were still working on the name when they gave the world its first glimpse of the then-unnamed baby outside St Mary’s Hospital in London on Tuesday evening.
Louis is one of William’s middle names and was also the first name of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Viceroy of India and a mentor to Prince Charles. Mountbatten was killed in 1979 when the Irish Republican Army blew up his boat off the coast of Ireland.
Alexander meanwhile puzzled the pundits, apart from the fact that the queen’s middle name is Alexandra.