Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge reveal name of Royal Baby
Price William and the Duchess of Cambridge have revealed the name of their third child.
Prince Louis Arthur Charles joins his older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duke of Cambridge had said their newborn and the Duchess were in "good form" and added "sleeping is going reasonably well so far, so he's behaving himself which is good news".
Bookmakers had earlier made Albert, Arthur and James the favourites for the child's name.
Other names in the running had been Philip, Alexander, Henry, Frederick, Edward, and Thomas.
The baby – William and Kate’s third child – was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz.
The duke and duchess have been caring for their two day old son at Kensington Palace, where they are settling into life as a family of five.
Royals traditionally keep the public guessing before revealing their choice of name.
William and Kate shared the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public.
Earl Mountbatten, whose first name was Louis, was the Prince of Wales’s beloved great-uncle and mentor, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle. He was murdered by the IRA in 1979.
Judith Rowbotham, a visiting research fellow at Plymouth University, said both Charles and Philip would be touched by the choice.
“It’s very much an affectionate tribute to the Prince of Wales,” the historian said.
“Louis Mountbatten is someone who Prince William himself never knew but at the same time he has remained a very important figure in terms of the impact he had on Prince Charles’ life.
“Prince Philip was also deeply devoted to Lord Mountbatten.
“At one stroke, Louis pleases great-grandfather and grandfather, which is a good thing.”
Louis is also one of William’s middle names, and one of Prince George’s.
On Thursday the Duke of Cambridge joked with the New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK Sir Jerry Mateparae about the child's name.
Sir Mateparae said: "Jerry would like it to be Jerry", to which the Duke replied "Jerry's a strong name".
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