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Palace officials said Wednesday that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Palace officials said Wednesday that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
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Prince William, Kate Name Son George Alexander Louis - July 24, 2013

Royal officials say Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis.

Palace officials said Wednesday that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Earlier in the day, the baby met his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

His parents - Prince William and Kate - then brought him to Kate's parents in their village near London - pretty much like any regular family.

Vegas tourism agency gets in on royal baby hype - July 24, 2013

Sin City tourism managers are banking on the new royal baby taking after his Las Vegas-loving uncle.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority expressed their congratulations to the boy born Monday to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, posting a greeting on Facebook that reads, "Congratulations on the royal addition. See you in 21 years."

It is not the first time that the convention bureau has seized upon hype over the British royal family. The agency issued tongue-in-cheek ads supporting Prince Harry after nude photos of him partying in Las Vegas surfaced last year.

The organization says it welcomes more than 330,000 visitors from the United Kingdom each year.

William, Kate Show Off Newborn Royal Baby Boy - July 23, 2013

A beaming Prince William and his wife, Kate, have shown their newborn baby boy to the world.

Kate carried the future monarch outside St. Mary's Hospital in central London Tuesday so he could be photographed by the waiting press.

The photos are likely to be reprinted for decades as the baby grows into adulthood and his role as a future king.

The young family is expected to head to an apartment at Kensington Palace.

Prince Charles visits royal baby at hospital - July 23, 2013

Prince Charles has paid a visit to his newborn grandson for the first time.

Crowds of onlookers gathered outside the St. Mary Hospital cheered as Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived Tuesday at central London's St. Mary's Hospital.

The baby was born there Monday to Prince Charles' son, William, and William's wife, Kate. The child is third in line to the British throne.

Earlier Tuesday, Kate's parents - Michael and Carole Middleton - also paid a visit to their new grandchild.

Carole Middleton beamed and said the baby was "absolutely beautiful."

William And Kate Thank Hospital For Baby Care As Birth Brings Salutes, Celebrations - July 23, 2013

The public could get its first look at Britain's newest prince as early as this evening, London time.

Kensington Palace says Prince William, Kate and their newborn son were "doing well" this morning, after all three spent the night inside London's St. Mary's Hospital. The palace says the new family is expected to remain in the hospital until this evening or tomorrow morning.

The royal couple is thanking the hospital staff for the "tremendous care" they've received.

Tourists and well-wishers have been flocking to Buckingham Palace, lining up outside the gates to take pictures of the golden easel on which, in keeping with royal tradition, the birth announcement is displayed.

A band of scarlet-clad guardsman at the palace delighted onlookers by singing "Congratulations."

Other celebrations included gun salutes by royal artillery companies and the ringing of bells at London's Westminster Abbey.

The head teacher at the primary school in Kate's home village of Bucklebury, west of London, saying her students have been "fizzing" with excitement, and the royal birth is "all the talk in the playground."

Picking a royal name that can define an era - July 23, 2013

The Victorians. The Edwardians. The Elizabethans.

Royal names can define a generation. So imagine the pressure on the new parents to pick the right one!

Now that Prince William and his wife Kate have a baby boy - the third in line for the throne - they must choose the name for a royal who may take Britain into the 22nd century. They'll start by considering British monarchs from the past.

Elizabeth I offered her name to the golden era in which Britannia ruled the waves and the Elizabethans consolidated a renaissance of national prosperity. Victoria's reign was defined by rapid industrialization with straight-backed Victorian morality. Her son, Edward VII, lent his name to the champagne and cigar period before World War I in which the rigid class system came under attack.

"Names do define an era," said Robert Lacey, a royal historian, who has written books on Prince William's mother and grandmother. "Who knows as we look into the future what will happen."

With so many people to please - inside and outside the palace walls - the House of Windsor is likely to pick more than one name for the boy who was born in London on Monday. After all, his father Prince William, aka William Arthur Philip Louis, has four. There may be a nod to great grandfather Prince Philip, or grandfathers Prince Charles and Michael Middleton, Kate's father. Or King Arthur. Or a host of other dead kings.

But the first name, that has to hit the right note. It is likely to hang around a bit.

The royals will be thinking not just what the name means to them - but also what it means to the country. And you can't just pick any name either. It has to have gravitas. Commoner names - even classic British ones like Nigel or Rodney - won't do.

"Names always matter," said Albert Mehrabian, a professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA and an expert on baby names. "The public's image of this child could quite possibly be influenced by the baby's name."

Noble names are steeped in history, which explains why thousands of bets have rolled in to British bookmakers for the names George and James. George evokes the steadfastness of the queen's father, George VI, who rallied the nation during World War II. James VI united England and Scotland - and shares his name with Kate's brother.

The impression attached to a name is important, Mehrabian said. When you think of "Alexander," you think of Alexander the Great; "Elizabeth" and you think of Queen Elizabeth II.

And this child, whatever his name, is likely to mark a watershed in the relationship between the royals and their subjects. Prince William chose to eschew a royal match and married a commoner from the village of Bucklebury - continuing the process of making monarchy more accessible - an idea championed by his mother, Princess Diana.

The heir may give a name to a new century, to a country that has changed so much socially and philosophically that the daughter of a flight attendant and an air traffic controller is now in line to be queen.

"This is the historical element of this," Lacey said. "Let us see how that is reflected in the names."

The royal couple may well take their time in deciding. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh took a month before settling on the name Charles for the Prince of Wales. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took a week before settling on William's four names.

"Who knows what the future will hold," said Timothy Long, a curator at the Museum of London, which is celebrating the royal birth with a special exhibition showcasing royal baby items. "But I'm sure with that comes a little bit of pressure."

The bookies are hoping for everyone to take their time. The bets just keep rolling on in while everyone ponders the future.

"We're taking in money by the pramload," said Rory Scott, a spokesman for Paddy Power, a bookmaker.

It's also taking wagers on the royal baby's first word and where he will be christened.

It's A Boy! Kate Gives Birth To Royal Heir - July 22, 2013

Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy.

Officials said Monday the baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William.

Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London early Monday morning.

William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple's first child.

Prince William and Kate Timeline

Prince William and his wife Kate, both 31, are expecting their first child, to be third in line for the throne. Here are some highlights of their lives and of the royal pregnancy:

-Sept. 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St Andrews University in Scotland where they are both studying art history.

-Christmas 2003: The pair reportedly become a couple after sharing a house together with two friends. In March they are pictured together on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.

-Nov. 16, 2010: William and Kate's engagement is announced by Clarence House officials. The prince proposed to Kate while on a private holiday to Kenya the previous month.

-April 29, 2011: The pair wed in a lavish ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey. William is made the Duke of Cambridge by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate becomes the Duchess of Cambridge.

-Dec. 3, 2012: The palace announces that Kate is pregnant and being treated in hospital for acute morning sickness. Kate is discharged from the hospital after three nights, telling reporters she is feeling "much better." The palace later announces that the bay is due in July.

-Feb. 5: The couple holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique with Kate's parents.

-March 5: Kate apparently lets slip that she is expecting a daughter on a solo visit to Grimsby. Accepting a teddy bear from a member of the public, she apparently replies: "Oh, is this for our d...? Thank you so much." The possible slip of the tongue prompts a wave of betting on a royal daughter.

-March 17: Kate tells a soldier at a St Patrick's Day parade that they do not know the sex of the child, but says she would like a boy and William a girl.

-March 20: Kate given a "Baby on board" badge when she joins the Queen and Prince Philip at Baker Street underground station to mark the 150th anniversary of the Tube.

-May 11: Kate and William attend William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene's wedding in Oxfordshire, England. The pair reportedly take to the dance floor despite Kate being seven months pregnant.

-June 4: William and Kate return to their wedding venue at Westminster Abbey when they join the royal family for a service marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation at Westminster Abbey.

-June 13: Kate carries out her final solo engagement before going on maternity leave when she names a new cruise liner - the Royal Princess - in Southampton.

-June 15: The Duchess makes her last scheduled public appearance before the birth at the Trooping the Color parade.

-June 19: It is confirmed Kate is planning to give birth at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and Prince Harry. It is reported Kate is hoping for a natural birth.

-July 22: Kate gives birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lbs 6 oz, with William by her side.

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