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Palace: Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

By Cassandra Vinograd & Jill Lawless

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:19 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2013

LONDON » His Royal Highness has a name.

Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, royal officials said today, ending speculation over what moniker Prince William and his wife, Kate, would pick for their first child.

Kensington Palace said royals are "delighted to announce" their son's name, adding that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

Noble names are steeped in history, which explains why thousands of bets rolled in to British bookmakers for the name George, the name of six previous British kings. The moniker evokes the steadfastness of the queen's father, George VI, who rallied the nation during World War II.

Meaning farmer or earth worker, George was the 12th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2011. St. George, a 4th-century Christian martyr, is the patron saint of England.

The name Louis could be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947. William's father, Prince Charles, was close with Mountbatten, who was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.

The announcement from Prince William and Kate — just two days after the baby's birth — was quick, by royal standards.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh took a month before settling on the name Charles for the Prince of Wales. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took a week before settling on William's four names.

For now, the littlest royal is expected to stay out of the spotlight after making his first "public appearance" in the arms of his parents outside of London's St. Mary's Hospital on Tuesday.

After leaving the hospital, William and Kate introduced their son today to great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who was keen to see the baby before she starts her annual summer vacation in Scotland later this week.

Then the young family headed to see Kate's parents in their village near London.

Now that Kate and William have chosen a name, they are expected to soon choose a photographer for the baby's first official portrait.

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Anonymous wrote:
The "Royal" Family has done absolutely nothing for the betterment of mankind. To hell with the royal family and their new bundle of poop.
on July 24,2013 | 07:57AM
lookup wrote:
Well i am sure the people of the UK could say the same for the current leader of the USA. At any rate Prince George of Cambridge is a part of HISTORY...poop and all. Prayers and Best wishes for a prosperous and Blessed future for the Royal Family!
on July 24,2013 | 09:20AM
aomohoa wrote:
Hey,no need to be rude. Just don't read about them. They have certainly done a lot more charitable work that you.
on July 24,2013 | 09:35AM
allie wrote:
on July 24,2013 | 09:46AM
cojef wrote:
True to traditions, the names of the newly arrived royal heir are stuffy and staid. We are witnessing that this young royal couple must still adhere to the demands of throne of England. How unfortunate that they are not accorded the privilege to name their own children. Even the upbringing of this young future king will be supervised by protocols established by the Crown. In a way, sad, yet it has advantages in that the subjects of the Crown are paying for the upkeep of their future King. A small price to pay???? Glad, we have no monarchy to contend with, only a President whose popularity rating has been falling and will be out of office at the expiration of his term. Golly!
on July 24,2013 | 08:20AM
loquaciousone wrote:
George, William, Harry, Charles.....such original thoughts belong in the Smithsonian Museum.
on July 24,2013 | 08:23AM
krusha wrote:
Did you expect them to name the kid North East? :)
on July 24,2013 | 08:48AM
aomohoa wrote:
on July 24,2013 | 09:36AM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about Henry the 9th?
on July 24,2013 | 01:05PM
Palakika wrote:
it's a baby for heaven's sake. He knows nothing about his ancestry. Really get a grip.
on July 24,2013 | 08:27AM
aomohoa wrote:
And his parents seem to be pretty nice down to earth people for royalty:)
on July 24,2013 | 09:37AM
allie wrote:
I do not recognize your royalty. I am from a proud indigenous tribe that recognizes no royalty or pretension. Those things are all created by humans.
on July 24,2013 | 09:47AM
grantos wrote:
Just like how we do not recognize you. We are proud you are not from here and we don't recognize your pretentious behavior. Yikes!
on July 24,2013 | 09:55AM
hanalei395 wrote:
A "proud indigenous tribe" that nobody heard of, until it was googled.
on July 24,2013 | 10:29AM
allie wrote:
Our tribe was featured on PBS last week for the assistance we provided Lewis and Clark on their famous voyage of discovery. Ignorant people may claim to know nothing of the Great Plains Indians but that is just them.
on July 24,2013 | 11:23AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Apache, Cherokee, Chippewa, Crow, Navajo, Paiute, Sioux, Ute, Seminole, Iroquoiss, etc., etc., etc. ..... "Mandan" is not even listed in the American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes Population Census.
on July 24,2013 | 11:53AM
turbolink wrote:
Voyage of discovery? Really? As they trekked across the plains?
on July 24,2013 | 12:04PM
hanalei395 wrote:
According to allie .... Lewis and Clark ..."voyage of discovery". A "voyage" is a journey by WATER. And a "voyage of discovery" ONLY applies to the Polynesian people. (A people allie hates).
on July 24,2013 | 12:11PM
turbolink wrote:
Allie, Sakajawea was Shoshone. You are not her descendent.
on July 24,2013 | 12:12PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You got it. Maybe allie WAS LEADING up to a usual lie and was about to say that she is a "proud descendant of Sakagawea".
on July 24,2013 | 01:49PM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
Such a beautiful name for a beautiful child. Ignore all the negative comments! whatzupwitdat????!!!
on July 24,2013 | 09:54AM
cojef wrote:
Is that you Braddah Lance? Guess not, he recently became a Dad for the second time, this time a boy. Congrats to him.
on July 24,2013 | 10:25AM
wahine wrote:
Who cares?
on July 24,2013 | 10:32AM
likewise wrote:
I like traditional / historical names. I want to gag every time I hear one of those trendy names parents are so partial to now days. Thank God he's not H.R.H. Prince Blue Unicorn Jagger.......etc.
on July 24,2013 | 11:20AM
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