The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis.
It had been thought the Duke and Duchess would spend a few days deliberating on what to call their son but it seems 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 connections.
George, the patron saint of England, has been the 12th most popular name in the UK in the past year. There have been six King Georges since the German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714. The last was the Queen’s father George VI who died in 1952 but was known to his family as Bertie. George is thought to be a nod to him, but it was the most popular name with the bookmakers.
Baby Prince George’s other middle name – Alexander – is one that three medieval Scottish kings have had. That may be pertinently political too as later this year will vote on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom.
The name Louis is likely to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947. Mountbatten and William’s father the Prince of Wales were very close, with Charles confiding in his relative. He was known by the Royal Family as Uncle Dickie and was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979 when his boat was blown up on a fishing trip off the coast of County Sligo, Republic of Ireland.
So baby Prince George Alexander Louis’ name has been picked with a mix of tradition and family connections in mind. Exactly what the family will call him is as yet unknown (as in the case of Prince Henry, who is always known as Harry). When he accedes to the throne too, he may well choose another regnant name completely.
Still, a royal baby name is still important. What do you think to the choice that William and Kate made?