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Meet George Alexander Louis: Royal couple end the feverish speculation over prince's name

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that their baby son will be called Prince George of Cambridge.

The full name for William and Kate's newborn is George Alexander Louis – three names that all have strong royal connections.

The announcement was made as the couple visited Kate's family yesterday.

They took just two days to announce the name of their son.

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was named much more quickly than the last two future kings to be born.

When George's father, William, arrived in 1982, the Prince and Princess of Wales waited seven days before deciding upon and announcing his chosen forenames – William Arthur Philip Louis – amid intense speculation.

The Prince of Wales's name, however, remained a mystery to the wider world for an entire month and was only declared ahead of his christening in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace in December 1948.

Royal writer Christopher Warwick said William and Kate would have wanted to tell the Queen the names when she visited her new great-grandchild for the first time at Kensington Palace yesterday.

"Baby was born on Monday and William said yesterday they were thinking about names. But they must have given consideration to the names before. Granny visited today so they will have wanted to share this with Her Majesty," he said. "George is not terribly surprising. It's classic and traditional, but why not?

"I think it's a good name for this little chap. It pays tribute to his grandfather because George is one of Charles's names and it pays tribute to George VI and follows the tradition of royal Georges. It's a good choice."

Prince Harry's name was announced much more quickly than William after he was born in September 1984.

When Princess Beatrice was born in 1988, it was two weeks before her name was known.

When the Queen's first great-grandchild Savannah Phillips was born in December 2010, her name was first disclosed at a church service at Sandringham, Norfolk.

Although the name was not officially announced, the Rector of Sandringham prayed for "Peter and Autumn Phillips and their daughter Savannah".

George has come to represent the continuity of the monarchy.

Six Georges have worn the crown since the German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714.

If the Prince of Wales and William choose to use their first names when they become monarchs, the infant prince will one day become King George VII.

Historian and royal biographer Robert Lacey said he thought the choice of George as the baby's first name would give the Queen "great pleasure".

Mr Lacey continued: "But even as we say that we have to remember that her father's actual name was Albert or Bertie – he chose the name George."

Bookies Paddy Power said it paid out £250,000 to punters who put money on long-standing favourite George.

One customer put £2,000 on the name, priced at 5/2, and walked away with £5,000.

Rory Scott from Paddy Power said: "It's quite right we should be paying out a princely sum."

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