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Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has said. The third in line to the throne, who was born on Monday, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

It is thought the Queen was told of Prince George’s name when she met him for the first time on Wednesday.The family are at the Middleton home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, after spending a night at Kensington Palace.

George was the bookmakers’ favourite for the first name of the prince. The Duke and Duchess had been expected to pick a traditional royal name for their son, who was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London at 16:24 BST, weighing 8lbs 6oz.

Royal infants usually have historical names which are passed down through the generations. There have been six King George’s up to now, most recently the Queen’s father, although he was known to his family as Bertie.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Alexander was said to be a favourite of Catherine’s, while Louis is William’s fourth name. This is a relatively quick announcement of a name compared to previous royal babies. 
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