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George Alexander Louis: William and Kate Name Royal Baby

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Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 03:40 PM

By Alexandra Ward

The royal baby has a name: His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

Prince William and wife Kate — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — spoke with reporters outside St. Mary's Hospital Tuesday and assured everyone they were "working on a name."

"We are still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can," William told reporters, adding that his son "has got a good pair of lungs on him. He's a big boy, quite heavy."

Prince George was born Monday at 4:24 p.m. in the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's after months of near-hysterical anticipation from both the British and U.S. media.

Insiders speculated that the baby's name would be George, noting that the popular royal moniker has come to symbolize the continuity of the monarchy, with six King Georges having worn the crown since the German-born George I ascended the throne in 1714.

"I do think that Prince William is quite a traditionalist — that's my feeling," Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, told Yahoo! News. "The fact that he chose to use the royal dukedom (of Cambridge) and has followed royal precedent, I wouldn't be surprised if they use a name that is already familiar in the royal family — something that has royal associations."

Here's the short list of other names experts said William and Kate might have chosen:

CHARLES:
William's father's name. Charles is also name of Diana, Princess of Wales's brother, Earl Spencer. But could be unlucky for a king: Charles I was executed and Charles II's reign featured the plague and Great Fire of London.

PHILIP:

William's grandfather and the Queen's consort, the Duke of Edinburgh. Charles and William have Philip as a middle name.

FRANCIS:
Recurring name in Kate's family tree. Middle name of her father and grandfather. Feminine form of Francis, Frances, was also Diana, Princess of Wales's, middle name.

JAMES:
William's cousin James — the Earl and Countess of Wessex's son Viscount Severn. Also Kate's brother's name.

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