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Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

July 24, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth  Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — His Royal Highness has a name.

Britain’s new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, royal officials said Wednesday, ending speculation over what moniker Prince William and his wife, Kate, would pick for their first child.

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.

For now, the baby is expected to stay out of the spotlight after making his first “public appearance” in the arms of his parents outside of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday.

After leaving the hospital, the couple introduced their son Wednesday to great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who was keen to see the baby before she starts her annual summer vacation in Scotland later this week.

Then the young family headed to see Kate’s parents in their village near London.

Now that Kate and William have chosen a name, they are expected to soon choose a photographer for the baby’s first official portrait.

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