London: The name of Prince William and Kate Middleton's newborn son is now a hot topic in Britain, with George being bookmakers’ favourite for the christening of the future King.
Initially the bets were on that the Royal baby would be a girl, but when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a future king the odds changed on the name of the child.
George, the name of Prince William’s great-grandfather, King George VI, became favourite with odds of 2/1 being offered by Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker
James, with odds of 4/1, Alexander, at 8/1, Louis, at 11/1, and Henry with odds of 12/1, followed it in the top five favourites, a leading daily reported.
It is not known when the name of the child will be announced.
Prince Cambridge, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is to be known until being officially named, was born at the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London.
Royal infants mostly have historical names which are passed down through the generations. When it is named the child will officially be known as His Royal Highness Prince (forename) of Cambridge. Should he require a surname, such as on marriage, it will be Mountbatten-Windsor.
George is a popular royal name, with six King Georges having worn the crown throughout history since the German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714.
As a name, it has come to symbolize the continuity of the monarchy. The first name of the last King George - George VI – was actually Albert and he was known to his family as Bertie, but he selected George, his fourth name, for his name as Sovereign. It is also the Prince of Wales's fourth name.
The Royal baby is the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years, and his predecessor was called George, a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.


The world was awaiting the first glimpse of Britain's new prince on Tuesday with camera crews poised to photograph Prince William and his wife, Kate, leaving a London hospital with their baby son.

The popular couple sidestepped tradition by announcing the birth via a press release but was expected to adhere to protocol by giving the public the first sight of the royal baby on the steps as they leave St. Mary's Hospital in west London.

"All we will probably see is a glimpse of the top of the baby's head but they will stick to this tradition," said Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine.

"After that we won't see them for some time. Having a baby is a very private moment and they are a private couple so the next time we see the baby will be the official photo and that could be weeks."

Kensington Palace announced the arrival of a boy weighing 8 lbs 6 oz (3.8 kg) at about 8:30 p.m. (1530 EDT) on Monday, four hours after his birth, saying Kate and her child were doing well and would remain in hospital overnight. Prince William was with them.

Their son is third in line to the throne after grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William, 31, and pushes the fun-loving Prince Harry, William's brother, into fourth place.


Congratulations flooded in from all over the world after the announcement of the birth, which was followed moment-by-moment by the world media as well as the British press with the excitement seen as a boost for Britons facing economic austerity.

British tabloid newspaper The Sun temporarily renamed itself The Son in honor of the baby while the left-leaning Guardian newspaper provided readers of its website with a "Republican" button so that they could filter out the barrage of royal news if they wanted.

The birth fuels a new wave of popularity for the House of Windsor led by the younger royals, William and Harry, who were both born to the late Princess Diana at St. Mary's Hospital.

Support for the royals dipped after Diana's death in a car crash in Paris in 1997, a year after her divorce from Prince Charles, as the royals were accused of being out of touch with modern Britain in the way they handled the death of the popular princess.

But last year's celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne showed the affection with which she is held by most of the population despite a small Republican movement.

Hordes of TV crews and photographers, and royal fans wrapped in Union Jacks, remained camped outside the hospital overnight Monday, waiting for the first photo of the baby, who will be called the Prince of Cambridge.

Prince William and Kate, who met when they were students at St. Andrews University in Scotland about 10 years ago, have officially been known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since their sumptuous royal wedding in April 2011.

Tourists in London were reveling in the celebrations that top a run of British sporting victories and an unusual heatwave.

"For me it's a wonderful, historic event. You spend a lot of time studying these things. To actually get to be here to witness one is tremendous," said George Boudreau, 48, a history professor from Philadelphia, outside Buckingham Palace.


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