PRINCE GEORGE ALEXANDER LOUIS OF CAMBRIDGE IS THE NAME OF KATE AND WILLIAM’S FIRST ROYAL BABY BOY…SIX KING GEORGES HAVE WORN THE CROWN THROUGHOUT HISTORY

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It’s Prince GEORGE ALEXANDER LOUIS of Cambridge! Kate and William proudly announce the name of their baby boy

  • Kensington Palace revealed the baby’s full name will be George Alexander Louis 
  • The third in line to the throne will be known as Prince George
  • George was the bookmakers’ favourite once Kate’s pregnancy was announced
  • The Queen saw her great-grandson for the first time this morning
  • She would have been told by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of their choice
  • Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history
  • Royal biographer Robert Lacey said the choice of George would give the Queen ‘great pleasure’

By Anthony Bond  Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 24 July 2013

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have this evening revealed that their son – now the third in line to the throne –  will be called George.

Kensington Palace revealed the baby’s full name will be George Alexander Louis. William and Kate‘s baby will be known as Prince George and as third in line to the throne will one day be king.

Kensington Palace said in a short statement: ‘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.’

By naming their son George – which is synonymous with British kings – it looks like the couple have followed tradition. However, royal sources say the baby’s names are not supposed to be symbolic but that the couple genuinely like them.

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The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge with her son who was born on Monday, but was thrown into the spotlight yesterday

Heir to the throne: Kensington Palace revealed the baby’s full name will be George Alexander Louis

New life: The baby was crying in his car seat as his father took him to their waiting car yesterday eveningNew life: William and Kate’s baby will be known as Prince George and as third in line to the throne will one day be king

The name George – chosen for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son – is synonymous with British kings.

It has come to represent the continuity of the monarchy and remained the bookmakers’ favourite in the name-guessing stakes from the moment Kate’s pregnancy was announced.

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

The couple are understood to have had a few ideas for names in mind but it took a few days for them to finally confirm which one was right for their son.

It was William and Kate’s decision what to call their firstborn and all three names picked were chosen because they liked them.

The Queen saw her great-grandson for the first time this morning when she visited the Duke and Duchess at their home at Kensington Palace and would have been told by the couple of their choice.

 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took much quicker to name their son than Prince Charles and Diana when William arrived in 1982. They took seven days to decide what to call him, while the Queen took a month to name Prince Charles when he was born in 1948.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds were staked on the possibilities of the names. George and James were the favourites at the bookies, after Alexander, Henry, Louis, Richard and Arthur were the next most betted-on choices.

The name will likely come to symbolise an entire era, as in Georgian, Victorian and Elizabethan.

Before the royal couple left the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London where their baby was born, William revealed that naming the infant was a priority, saying: ‘We’re still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can.’

It had been thought the Duke and Duchess would spend a few days deliberating on what to call their son but it appears they may have had a name in mind and were discussing it with family members.

They followed tradition and picked names for their newborn which all have royal connotations.

 
First day at home: Kate, William and their baby left Kensington Palace today as they were seen for the first time since leaving hospital last night First day at home: Kate, William and their baby left Kensington Palace today as they were seen for the first time since leaving hospital last night
 
Very happy: Kate and William both smiled and waved to crowds outside the gates, but Kensington Palace would not reveal where they were headingVery happy: Kate and William both smiled and waved to crowds outside the gates, but Kensington Palace would not reveal where they were heading
 
Prince William and his wife Catherine
A grinning Kate by the baby seat
 

Relaxed: William looked fresh and was wearing glasses while Kate chatted to their newborn and grinned to people watching as she sat next to their prince’s baby seat

 
New mother: Kate waved with her left hand and appeared to have her right hand resting next to her baby New mother: Kate waved with her left hand and appeared to have her right hand resting next to her baby

 

Baby Prince George’s other middle name – Alexander – is one that three medieval Scottish kings have had.

William Hill said that George had been by far and away the best backed boys name with the firm and ended as the 2/1 favourite ahead of James and Louis.

William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: ‘Yes, George has been incredibly popular with our punters in the last 24 to 48 hours but the pregnancy has lasted a lot longer than that and up until Monday the majority of the betting was for a girl .

‘We are paying out a six figure sum to winning punters but the Royal Baby betting has been so popular that we have enough to get in a bottle of bubbly to wet the baby’s head tonight.’

Since the baby was born on Monday William Hill has taken 3,400 bets on the name George with 25 of those being three figure punts – the biggest was a £500 wager at 2/1 on Tuesday.

Historian and royal biographer Robert Lacey said he thought the choice of George as the baby’s first name would give the Queen ‘great pleasure’.

‘George is obviously a tribute to the Queen’s father and will, I imagine, give Her Majesty great pleasure,’ he said.

‘But even as we say that we have to remember that her father’s actual name was Albert or Bertie – he chose the name George. We may find that Prince George could decide to give himself a different name as king.

‘George was a natural favourite to judge from the bookmakers. They will have lost a lot of money, I think. George was the favourite name from the start and so in that sense the Duke and Duchess reflected a popular trend.

‘I think Prince William said he wanted to get to know him before they chose the name so they must feel he is a George.

‘Alexander is a surprise. I’m not aware of any other Alexanders. I’m sure there must be reason for that, which I’m afraid I don’t know. There’s Alexander the Great, so there is a Greek connection. Louis is obviously a tribute to Lord Mountbatten.’

Mr Lacey, whose A Brief Life Of The Queen was published last year, said he did not think senior royals would have put pressure on the Duke and Duchess to choose the names.

He added: ‘Prince Charles said the other day he had no idea what it was going to be. My guess is that it was very much the choice of the mother and father, but I’m sure they would have checked it with the Queen.

 

 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their baby son
 

 

Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage, said George was a ‘very fine name’ while Alexander would have been a personal choice of the new parents.

‘George really speaks for itself, I’m really pleased,’ he said.

‘It’s very traditional but it’s also a very popular name now for young people naming their children.

‘George is the name that features the most amongst the male line descendants of all our sovereigns if you tot up all the middle names as well, particularly since George I, the founder of the House of Hanover.

‘As for Alexander, there were three Scottish kings but that’s all I can think of. It would have been a personal choice, I should think.

‘Louis of course is a very nice tribute to Lord Mountbatten. It’s one of William’s own names and we know that Prince Charles was extremely close to his uncle.’

He added that only time would tell whether the young prince might decide to be known by one of his middle names once he was older. ‘It is always interesting to speculate,’ he said.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, said the name George means farmer or earthworker. She said a recent poll on the website found mothers believe children with the name are ‘loyal, honest, talented, independent – but with a rebellious streak’.

‘Alexanders are credited with being easy-going entertainers while Louis’ are leaders – and can be highly intelligent,’ she added.

‘With traits like that, the royal tot should grow up a regal king but more in touch with his subjects than any generation before.

‘When it comes to naming babies, royals are bound by certain protocol so you won’t be seeing a Prince Tyler anytime soon. The upper classes tend to stick to a set of traditional, safe, tried and tested names which this elegantly reflects.

‘George is a classic choice in memory of the Queen’s own father King George VI and William’s great grandfather. It’s popular, classless and solidly royal.’

The name emerged after baby Cambridge was taken to see his grandparents on his first afternoon out as it was revealed the Queen and Prince Harry have now met the royal baby for the first time.

Kate and William smiled broadly and waved from their car as they were driven away from Kensington Palace by security, where they had spent their first night together as a family.

 

Heading home: After half an hour with the new prince, Kate and William, where they may have discussed names, the Queen went back to Buckingham Palace

Heading home: After half an hour with the new prince, Kate and William, where they may have discussed names, the Queen went back to Buckingham Palace

 
 
Down the drive: Her Majesty visited without the Duke of Edinburgh, who is still at Windsor Castle recuperating after an operation last monthDown the drive: Her Majesty visited without the Duke of Edinburgh, who is still at Windsor Castle recuperating after an operation last month
 
 
 
 
 
Happy day: The Queen arrives at Kensington Palace today to meet her new great-grandson for the first time and see his parentsHappy day: The Queen arrives at Kensington Palace today to meet her new great-grandson for the first time and see his parents
 
Her Majesty looked expectant
She then looked out at the palace grounds as she passed photographers
 

Happy to be there: The Queen looked expectantly towards the palace as she arrived and she will be pleased to see the baby before she goes on holiday on Friday

 

Both the Duke and Duchess looked happy and fresh-faced, with William sat in the front passenger seat and Kate in the back with their child in his baby seat.

They left their west London home shortly after the Queen had visited her new great-grandson and potentially discussed names with the parents.

Kensington Palace officials would not confirm where the young family were going this afternoon, but their black Land Rover was later seen arriving at grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton’s mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

Her Majesty, who will travel to Balmoral for her summer holiday on Friday, spent 30 minutes with the Duke, Duchess and Baby Cambridge from 11am.

It has also emerged that Prince Harry, who is said to be thrilled to have become an uncle, may have been there last night after the trio left hospital, having raced back to London from Wattisham airbase in Suffolk where he is on duty with the RAF.

It is understood that James Middleton and Pippa Middleton were also at Kensington Palace yesterday evening.

Prince Philip has yet to meet the child, but he and his wife will be heading to Balmoral on Friday and it is understood that Kate and William may take the new prince there for a long weekend this summer.

There were clear hints that Kate and William were off to Bucklebury after heightened police presence was in evidence around the £5million home of the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents this morning.

Magic: With the world watching, Kate and William hold their prince outside the Lindo Wing in a genuinely historic moment for Britain

Magic: With the world watching, Kate and William hold their prince outside the Lindo Wing in a genuinely historic moment for Britain

 
 
 

Gentle: The trio take their first steps together into the outside world together as the prince starts his life

Gentle: The trio take their first steps together into the outside world together as the prince starts his life

 
 

Arrival: The new family arrive at Kensington Palace with their newborn son - where Pippa Middleton was waiting for them

Arrival: The new family arrive at Kensington Palace with their newborn son – where Pippa Middleton was waiting for them

Yellow police cones with a ‘no waiting’ symbols lined both sides of the road every few yards for around a mile either side of majestic Bucklebury Manor, West Berkshire.

A bright yellow sign stuck to a road sign confirmed an ’emergency’ three-week bylaw prohibited any form of waiting in the road while a pair of police officers stood at both entrances to the Grade II listed Georgian pile, while marked police cars swept past the entrances every couple of minutes.

A large police horsebox marked ‘Mounted section’ arrived in the picturesque village at lunchtime and a small marquee surrounded by marked and unmarked police cars was visible in a nearby field.

It was not possible to tell whether the Duchess’ parents or her siblings, Pippa and James, were at the vast estate, set in 18 acres of land and boasting its own tennis court, swimming pool and library.

Last night The Queen told guests at a Buckingham Palace reception she was ‘thrilled’ at the birth of her great-grandson.

On the eve of the baby’s birth, the Queen famously told a ten-year-old schoolgirl that she didn’t mind if it was a boy or a girl, adding: ‘I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday’.

Dressed in a turquoise floral outfit she looked relaxed and happy as she left, having travelled the short distance from Buckingham Palace without the Duke of Edinburgh, who is still convalescing at Windsor Castle following exploratory abdominal surgery last month.

Baby Cambridge has spent his first night at home after a dramatic evening where the waiting world had its first wonderful glimpse of him.

After he left hospital at around 7pm his aunt Pippa and brother James were waiting for him at Kensington Palace for a cuddle as the little boy is introduced to his family..

The Cambridges were safely tucked away in a small cottage in Kensington Palace’s grounds today, with the only sign of movement this morning being a royal protection officer walking their dog Ludo nearby.

His grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton and Prince Charles, with his wife Camilla, met the baby at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital yesterday afternoon and the child will also meet the Queen in the coming days.

 
 
 
 
 
 
  The Queen’s Surgeon-Gynaecologist Marcus Setchell came to assess Kate yesterday morning and decided when the Duchess and baby can be discharged.
 
 

A Royal name which is steeped in tradition and history

By naming their son George Alexander Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have picked a name which is synonymous with British kings.

The middle name of Alexander will also prove popular in Scotland while Louis has deep significance in the Windsor family following the death of Lord Louis Mountbatten by the IRA in 1979.

Here, ANTHONY BOND looks at the significance of the future king’s names.

 George

The name George is synonymous with British kings.

It has come to represent the continuity of the monarchy and remained the bookmakers’ favourite in the name-guessing stakes from the moment Kate’s pregnancy was announced.

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

The first name of the last King George – George VI – was actually Albert and he was known to his family as ‘Bertie’ but he selected George – his fourth name – to use as Sovereign.

 
Looking back: The German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714
King George II
 

Historic: The German-born George I, left, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714 . King George II is pictured right

He was the much-loved father of the present Queen and the new Prince George of Cambridge’s great-great grandfather. George VI chose George in honour of his father George V and to create the impression of stability after the scandal caused by the abdication of his brother Edward VIII.

George is also the fourth name of the Prince of Wales – the baby’s grandfather. Even Edward VIII had George among his seven names.

The name means farmer or earth worker. It was the 12th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2011.

St George, a fourth-century Christian martyr, is the patron Saint of England and represents honour, bravery and gallantry. The legend of George slaying a dragon and rescuing an innocent maiden is medieval.

There has only been one other Prince of Cambridge and he was also called George.

 
Tradition: The first Prince George of Cambridge was a grandson of George III, pictured in this portrait
Relations: George IV, pictured, was the eldest son of George III
 

Tradition: The first Prince George of Cambridge was a grandson of George III, pictured left in this portrait . George IV, right, was the eldest son of George III

The first Prince George of Cambridge was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.

Prince George of Cambridge was born in 1819 and refused to have an arranged marriage. He wed a commoner for love after falling for the actress Sarah Louisa Fairbrother, who was said to be a classic beauty and a graceful dancer.

They married in 1847 when she was already the mother of two of his children and pregnant with his third.But the Duke did not seek the sovereign’s approval and the marriage was never recognised, hence his children were not eligible to inherit royal titles.

Miss Fairbrother, who generated much scandal including having a portrait painted in which she showed off her bare legs, was ostracised by the royal family and never given a title.

 
 King George V
Regal: Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history. King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, known later as the Queen Mother, are pictured in 1950
 

Distinguished:  King George V is pictured left while King George VI  right, married Queen Elizabeth, known later as the Queen Mother

Instead, she became known by the nickname Mrs FitzGeorge and this surname was taken by George’s offspring.

Despite his marriage, George had a wandering eye and soon after he wed he took up with mistress Louisa Beauclerk, who remained his lover for more than 30 years.

He went on to become the 2nd Duke of Cambridge after his father’s death.

The Duke was in the Army and served in the Crimean War. He was promoted to Commander-in-Chief in 1887 and an equestrian statue of him stands in the middle of London’s Whitehall.

He was said to have been a disciplinarian, who believed Army promotions should be based on social connections rather than ability. He died in 1904.

His father, the 1st Duke of Cambridge – who lived from 1774 to 1850 – was never a Prince of Cambridge, but was given the title the Duke of Cambridge by his father George III in 1801 when he was 27.

 
Lord Louis Mountbatten
Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA with a bomb on his fishing boat off the west coast of Ireland
 

Meaning: The name Louis has deep significance in the Windsor family after Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA with a bomb on his fishing boat off the west coast of Ireland

Alexander

This is popular in Scotland, where Alexander III was regarded as one of the country’s greatest rulers.

In April this year, Willem-Alexander was sworn in as King of the Netherlands after the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix.

Louis

This name has deep significance in the Windsor family in honour of the Prince of Wales’s favourite uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Louis is the last of William’s three middle names.

 

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