Prince William and Kate, duchess of Cambridge, have revealed the name of their baby son: George Alexander Louis.
The announcement was made over Twitter by the Clarence House account, the official account for the duke and duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) July 24, 2013
The baby will henceforth be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Prince George is third in line for the throne, behind Prince Charles and Prince William.
Up until the couple released the name, bookies were taking bests and George had the best odds.
The last King George was King George VI, father to Queen Elizabeth II and the baby’s great-great grandfather. King George VI took the throne in 1936 when his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated. The story of King George VI is the one portrayed in the film The King’s Speech, for which actor Colin Firth won the best-actor Oscar in 2011.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Prince George will ever become King George. When he gets to the throne — some 40-plus years from now, to give a conservative estimate — he can choose any old name he wants.
Prince George doesn't have to be King George if he accedes to the throne. He can choose another name.
— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) July 24, 2013
Maclean’s resident royal watcher Patricia Treble gave her top five picks for a royal baby name back in December. George wasn’t among them, but her top pick for a girl was Alexandra, so we’ll give her part marks.