[Updated] Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their third child Louis Arthur Charles.
That’s His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge to you.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.
The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018
England has never had a King Louis (although Louis VIII of France once claimed the title for himself in 1216, he was never crowned). The name Arthur is likely an ode to the legendary king of England, while Charles is obviously a nod to Louis’s grandfather, the Prince of Wales himself.
The royal baby is a boy! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on Monday, 23 April at St Mary’s Hospital in London with their newborn son to greet the cheering crowd.
The prince’s birthday is also an important day for England: 23 April is the feast of St. George, the patron saint of England.
The Duchess gave birth at 11am Monday morning. She looked unbelievably incredible (when does she not?), wearing a red Jenny Packham dress that gave us a little déjà vu – the late Princess Diana, William’s mother, who also wore red when she introduced baby Prince Harry nearly 34 years ago.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were also filmed arriving at the hospital with their father to meet their new baby brother, who is fifth in line to the throne.
As per royal custom, a bulletin was placed outside Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of the baby. His name is still under wraps, but British bookmakers have it that Arthur, Albert and James are among the favourites for Queen Elizabeth II’s new great-grandson. It’s likely that the Duke and Duchess will stick to a traditional name, but since their firstborn Prince George would presumably take over the throne one day, their third son could be given a slightly unusual name.
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