How Prince George’s name measures up

We dug into the royal family history to do a comparison on Prince George Alexander Louis’ name to his older royal counterparts.

Prince George of Cambridge

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George Alexander Louis, also known as Prince George of Cambridge, was born on 22 July 2013 and is the son of Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton. He is third in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. He is also Prince Charles' and the late Princess Diana's first grandson.

Royal baby name revealed
The royal baby’s name has been unveiled. George Alexander Louis is the latest addition to the royal family, and will also be addressed as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”, according to a tweet from Clarence House.

The name of Britain’s new prince ends months of speculation about what Kate Middleton and Prince William would be naming their child. And the royal couple have evidently decided to stick to tradition: the name George was, to the public, a strong contender and popular choice, given it has been a royal name for centuries. Pregnant.sg last made the same prediction in this article.

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Its significance
From King George I to King George VI, the name is clearly a royal favourite. In fact, King George VI was Queen Elizabeth II’s father. The 4th century Christian martyr, St. George, is a patron saint of England and, as legend goes, was believed to have slayed a dragon.

Alexander has equal significance, too – it means “defender of man”, and could also bring to mind Alexander the Great. Many believe the name Louis, on the other hand, may have been chosen as a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, who had close ties to the royal family and whose paternal grandfather was named Prince Alexander of Hesse.

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Breaking royal tradition?
Unlike the rest of the royal family, who were all christened with four names from birth, Prince George of Cambridge breaks the mould with just three names. The reveal of his name also comes earlier than expected. Prince Charles’ name was announced month after his birth, while Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced William’s four names a week following his delivery.

Prince George of Cambridge caught waving
According to royal officials, William and Kate introduced Queen Elizabeth II to her great grandson after leaving the hospital on Wednesday, 25 July. The world first got a glimpse of Prince George during a photocell earlier yesterday and buzzed in excitement when the press captured what was believed to be the little prince raising his arm briefly to wave at the public.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left Kensington Palace for Bucklebury, Berkshire, where the Middleton family resides, and will now have some private time away from the public eye.

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