Proud parents Prince William and Kate Middleton released a short statement revealing the name of their little one this afternoon... but what did they call him?
Prince William and Kate Middleton have revealed their royal baby name of choice as George Alexander Louis. The couple confirmed the news in a statement released by Kensington Palace this afternoon.
The update came just hours after the royal trio left for the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
In a short statement released by officials they said: ‘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.’
It’s not thought the names were chosen as symbolic – simply that the royal couple liked them.
If he becomes King, the little Prince will join six other royal Georges who have all worn the British crown, including the Queen’s father George VI , and German-born George I.
Meanwhile, it’s thought the couple chose Louis after William’s great uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.
The royal baby name revelation, released by the couple days earlier than predicted, ends weeks of speculation over the little one’s title.
After the royal heir and third in line to the throne was born yesterday, bookies slashed odds on their royal baby names, revealing that George was the favourite at 4/1.
James ran a close second at 5/10, while Henry was at 10/1.
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George left London earlier this afternoon for her parents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
With a beaming smile, proud dad William sat in the passenger seat and waved to photographers and passers-by while the Duchess of Cambridge sat in the back with her new baby.
It’s thought the family will enjoy up two weeks out of the limelight at the sprawling Middleton family pad, before Prince William returns to work in Anglesey.
We hope little George enjoys his first taste of the country!
What do you think of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s chosen royal baby name? Are you a fan of George Alexander Louis? Let us know in the comments box below!