LONDON - Drum roll, please, and maybe some trumpets: The new little Prince of Cambridge will go by the names George Alexander Louis.
Prince William and Duchess Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, today announced the full name for their newborn, making him a future King George VII . Assuming his father and grandfather, Prince Charles, take their turns on the throne, he will someday become the 43rd English monarch.
He is named for his great great grandfather George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II. Louis comes from Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. Alexander could be either a reference to old kings of Scotland, or it's the male version of Alexandria, a top girl name contender and the name of a past queen consort and one of the baby's ancestors.
The couple and their prince departed today for Kate's parents' mansion in rural Bucklebury, about 50 miles outside London. But first thing today, the baby had a very important visitor: Great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who popped over from Buckingham Palace for a 30-minute look at her new heir.
He was born Monday afternoon and his parents took him home Tuesday evening, emerging from St Mary's Hospital in Paddington to a wildly excited throng of media and onlookers. At the time, William promised they were "still working on a name" but would have one soon.
Then they went home to Kensington Palace, with William driving the couple of miles himself. The Daily Mail reported Kate's younger sister Pippa Middleton and her boyfriend, Nico Jackson, went to the Nottingham Cottage to meet the new baby. Prince Harry is close by as well.
Both sets of grandparents have already met the baby, on Tuesday at the hospital.
It's possible Will and Kate will take the baby to meet great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II today or tomorrow at Buckingham Palace. The queen leaves Friday by train for her annual two-month holiday at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
The new parents may want to consult the queen on the baby's name, because naming a future king involves a little more consideration than just parental wishes or whatever is trendy in baby names.
Besides, the name has to look right after the word King. According to bookmakers, the top names Brits bet on included, George, James, Alexander and Philip.
The couple have 42 days to register the baby's birth and name in person at the local town hall, although royals may be able to do so via home visit to the palace.