Britain’s new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, royal officials announced, ending speculation over what Prince William and his wife, Kate, would choose for their first child.
Kensington Palace said the royals are “delighted to announce” their son’s name, adding that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”
Six previous British kings have been named George, and the name was a favourite of British bookmakers in the run-up to Wednesday’s announcement.
For now, the baby is expected to stay out of the spotlight after making his first “public appearance” in the arms of his parents outside of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday.
Now that Kate and William have chosen a name, they are expected to soon choose a photographer for the baby’s first official portrait.
After leaving the hospital, the couple introduced their son Wednesday to great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who was keen to see the baby before she starts her annual summer vacation in Scotland later this week.
Queen Elizabeth II paid a private visit on Wednesday to Prince William and his wife Kate to meet their newborn son, her great-grandson who will one day inherit the throne.
The 87-year-old spent just over half an hour at Kensington Palace in London where the yet to be named infant at the time, the third in line to the throne, was spending his first day after leaving hospital.
The queen had said Tuesday she was “thrilled” about the latest addition to the family.
Wednesday’s meeting was the first between the queen and her new heir, and she became the first British monarch to meet a third-generation direct heir since Queen Victoria a century ago.
The monarch, wearing a turquoise floral outfit, made the visit without her husband Prince Philip, 92, who is convalescing following exploratory surgery on his abdomen last month.
Afterwards, William, Kate and the baby left the palace in a Range Rover, bound for the home of Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton in the village of Bucklebury, west of London.
William is taking two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, and palace officials said he and Kate would now spend “private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.”