LONDON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Royal officials say Britain’s new prince has been named George Alexander Louis.
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 favorite of British bookmakers in the run-up to Wednesday’s announcement.
Earlier in the day, the baby met his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. His parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, then brought him to Kate’s parents in their village near London.
The young family made their first public appearance together on Tuesday, when William and Kate presented the world with its first glimpse of the newborn prince.
The baby slept through his first photo-op outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, while his parents beamed as they chatted easily with reporters. For a royal family that has had a fraught relationship with the media, it was a positive sign.
“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” Prince William said. “He’s a big boy. He’s quite heavy.”
After leaving the hospital, the couple introduced their son to his uncle, Prince Harry.
Now that Kate and William have chosen a name, they are expected to soon choose a photographer for the baby’s first official portrait.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- Attempts To Get Homeless Into Shelters Fail 99 Percent Of Time, Data Show
- Coxsackie Virus Benches High School Football Team In Ramsey, N.J.
- Lifeguards Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents At Jersey Shore Ahead Of Labor Day
- Security Tight As US Open Begins In Flushing Meadows
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)