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Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

Following much speculation, Britain's new royal baby will be called George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has announced. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the baby prince in London on Monday.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge' new-born baby boy seen in a car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

William und Kate mit Sohn

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge," the palace said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

George had been the favorite of British bookmakers, with William Hill placing George - the name of six previous British kings - as the favorite at 2-1 odds, with James at 4-1.

Baby prince heads home

Little George Alexander Louis is third in line to the throne, after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William. Earlier in the day, little George met his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch, who is 87, made the short trip from Buckingham Palace unaccompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, who is recovering after abdominal surgery last month.

The baby was shown off to the world on Tuesday, when his parents stood outside London's St Mary's Hospital to crowds of cheering onlookers and hundreds of journalists and photographers from around the world. Most of the media had been camped outside the hospital since early July.

The prince slept through his debut public appearance, although his father assured those gathered that he had "a good pair of lungs on him."

Congratulations have poured in from all over the globe following the birth, including from US President Barack Obama, as well as from Commonwealth countries, including Canada and Australia, where the baby can expect to be head of state one day.

After selecting the baby's name, William and Kate must now choose a photographer for his first official portrait.

jr/dr (AP, Reuters, dpa)

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