Posted: Jul 25, 2013 1:45 PM
 
It's official: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.

The newborn son of British royals Will and Kate has been named. George Alexander Louis will one day become King George VII, but for now he is "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge." The famous baby bears a moniker rich in British tradition and history — a name that pays tribute to many who came before him.

George is the patron saint of England

St. George has been acknowledged as the patron saint of England since the 14th century. He is also the patron saint of farmers and field workers, Boy Scouts, archers, horses and riders and, particularly, of soldiers, cavalry and chivalry.

6 King Georges precede baby George

  1. King George I (1660-1727): The first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, born George Louis, ruled from 1714 to 1727.
  2. King George II (1683-1760): George Augustus was estranged from his father George I but ascended to the throne upon his death in 1727. He ruled until 1760 and, during his reign, changed many of his German-born father's policies.
  3. King George III (1738-1820): George III, the first monarch from the House of Hanover to be born in Britain, was the grandson of King George II. His 60-year reign, from 1760 to 1820, exceeded that of any previous British monarch. The 1994 film The Madness of King George was inspired by George III.
  4. King George IV (1762-1830): He became king when George III died in 1820, but George IV had been serving as Prince Regent since 1811 because of his father's insanity.
  5. King George V (1865-1936): George V, who ruled from 1910 to 1936, was the son of King Edward VII and the grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. During World War I, King George V changed the family surname from the German-sounding Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the more British-inspired Windsor.
  6. King George VI (1895-1952): George VI, father of England's present-day queen, ruled from 1936 to 1952. He was born Albert (aka "Bertie") but chose as monarch to use his fourth given name in honor of his father George V. The beloved George VI was portrayed by Colin Firth in the critically acclaimed movie The King's Speech.
  7. King George VII (b. 2013):  The baby boy is third in line for the throne, behind his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, his grandfather Prince Charles and his daddy Prince William. Welcome to the world, Baby George!

Alexander and Louis are steeped in tradition, too

Little George's other names have strong royal connections as well. Alexander is in honor of the queen, whose middle name is Alexandra, and Louis pays tribute to Prince Charles' mentor Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

Will and Kate chose the name themselves

A royal aide indicated that the baby's name was Will and Kate's "own choice" and not influenced by other family members. As they left St. Mary's Hospital with their infant son, the Duke of Cambridge said he and his wife were "working on" the name and waiting until they had seen the baby before making a final decision.

God save the queen

The queen herself was the first to be told the baby's name, and we suspect she is well-pleased that the future king bears the same name as her father.

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