Prince William, Duchess Kate announce name of newborn son

Royal baby name latest

Prince Louis, who was born on April 23, joins older brother Prince George, 4, and older sister Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 next week.

On Friday the palace released a statement, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles".

Mountbatten, a great-grandson of Queen Victoria, was His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg until 1917, when the royal family anglicized its names to avoid anti-German feeling during World War I. He became Lord Louis Mountbatten.

"It has been a great honour to register, and formally welcome the latest addition to the Royal Family, Prince Louis Arthur Charles", Westminster City Council Registrar, Patricia Gordon, said. Louis is one of Prince William's and Prince George's middle names. It has been reported that Catherine and William will travel to Windsor Castle over the weekend with their new baby, to see the monarch and Prince Philip.

But it was also the name of 18 French kings (more if you broaden out your definition of "king"), a fact that has not gone unnoticed. Now the prince's name has officially been announced, the zoo has decided the camel should also be called Louis, too.

As the third child of Prince William, Prince Louis of Cambridge is fifth in line to the throne.

It's thought by some that Charles and Camilla may be waiting to meet the new Prince with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Kensington Palace made the announcement on Twitter today, five days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the baby boy at St. Mary Hospital in London.

And then there's also a connection with the name to Princess Diana - as one of her nephews was named Louis Spencer.

"Thrice the worry now", William told reporters, holding up three fingers with a smile, as he got into a Land Rover to take his wife and newborn back to Kensington Palace.

I only cared about two things in 2011: Lady Gaga's Born This Way album and Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

Before the name was announced, bookmakers' favorites for the baby were Arthur, Albert and James.

The youngster was welcomed into the world by his mum and dad, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, seven days ago at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz.

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