London, UK: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” – Kensington Palace Verified account @KensingtonRoyal announced Friday.
Prince Louis was born at 11:01 a.m. local time on April 23 and weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.
Louis is now fifth in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, William, George and Charlotte.
Royal children usually get three names and are often named after former monarchs. George was named after Queen Elizabeth’s beloved father, King George, who died when she was just 26-years-old.
Charlotte’s name – Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – was selected from family names. Charlotte is the middle name of Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and the feminine version of Charles, the name of William’s father. Charlotte’s middle names, Elizabeth Diana, honor her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and grandmother, the late Princess Diana of Wales.
William and Kate chose with their third child, and second son, to include two parts of William’s name, William Arthur Philip Louis. The newborn’s older brother, Prince George, also has Louis in his name, George Alexander Louis.
The baby’s full name also includes a nod to his grandfather, Prince Charles of Wales.
The name Louis, pronounced Lou-ee, is a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the uncle of Prince Philip and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth.
Mountbatten was a mentor to Charles. He was killed in a bombing by the IRA in 1979 in Ireland.
EARLIER: Prince William And Kate Middleton’s 3rd Royal Baby Is A Boy – “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”- Kensington Palace Verified account @KensingtonRoyal.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.” – Kensington Palace Verified account @KensingtonRoyal.
“A notice has been placed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the announcement of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. @KensingtonRoyal. The notice will be on display for approximately 24 hours. When it is taken down, it is sent to the Privy Council Office so that the details of may be recorded in the Privy Council records.- The Royal Family Verified account @RoyalFamily
“A large Union Flag has been raised over Buckingham Palace and a State Standard over Windsor Castle to mark the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child.” – The Royal Family Verified account @RoyalFamily
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a third royal baby weighing 8 lbs 7oz at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, Monday- the couple’s third child who is fifth in line to the British throne.
Kate, 36, was admitted early Monday to the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in central London, where four-year-old George, and Charlotte, aged two, were born.
Tony Appleton, a town-crier dressed in a flamboyant red uniform, announced the news from the steps of the hospital’s Lindo Wing to a crowd of supporters and media.
The baby was born on St. George’s Day, England’s national day.
The baby boy is a sixth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth, who turned 92 on Saturday, and her husband Prince Philip.
The child will hold the title of prince after Queen Elizabeth changed the rules in 2012 to ensure that all of William’s children would be entitled to the style, not just his eldest son.
As with their two previous children, the royal couple did not know whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl.
The boy does not overtake Charlotte in the line of succession due to new laws agreed across the 16 Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Under the law, designed to end male primogeniture for William’s children, boys born after October 28, 2011 cannot overtake their elder sisters.
The birth was overseen by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon gynaecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist.
They were part of the trusted team who also delivered George and Charlotte.
The duchess suffered severe morning sickness during all three pregnancies.
William, who is destined to become king after Charles, and Kate met at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
They tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011, in a ceremony watched by up to two billion people worldwide. The marriage helped breathe new life into Britain’s monarchy after years of crisis.
The birth will be celebrated with a 41-gun salute in London’s Green Park Hyde Park — the standard 21 rounds with an extra 20 because they are royal parks.
The Tower of London will fire 62 rounds: 21, plus 20 because it is a royal palace, and a further 21 to show the City of London’s loyalty to the sovereign.