Royal baby name LIVE: Bets still ON as Kate Middleton and Prince William get ready to reveal what they will call new prince
- William gives VERY big hint on baby name to Australia’s High Commissioner
- Prince William battles heavy eyelids at Westminster Abbey ceremony
- Carole Middleton and Kate’s brother James visit new royal baby
- Prince Harry’s fiancée beams affectionately alongside Prince William
- Meghan Markle’s character weds in final appearance on Suits
Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed their newborn son to the world on Monday, carrying the little prince out of hospital and home to Kensington Palace.
William said of the name of the baby, who is now fifth in line to the throne: ‘You’ll find out soon!’
The anticipation could be put to rest today if the royal couple announce his name , a move which is expected very soon.
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Prince William says he is still deciding on Royal baby’s name
In a video Prince William confirmed he is still considering what to pick for his new baby’s name but said he was ‘delighted’ to have been asked to be best man for his brother’s wedding to Meghan Markle.
Strongest clue yet that Kate and Wills will name their new Royal Baby Prince Albert?
The Royal Family’s website has reserved a page for a Prince Albert, MailOnline can reveal, as the nation waits for William and Kate to announce his name. The page bears the message ‘Access Denied’, which is the same greeting awaiting those trying access Prince George’s.
Lovely ensemble from Her Maj, though.
We’re on tenterhooks too Eleanor, we’re on tenterhooks too.
Her tea is getting cold.
Kate Middleton: Why don’t we call her the Duchess of Cambridge?
Did you know? On her wedding day, nearly seven years ago, the 36-year-old dropped her given middle and surnames, going from Catherine Elizabeth Middleton to just Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Read the full story, here.
Kate Middleton and the Royal Family’s full names revealed ahead of Royal Baby name announcement
‘Catherine Elizabeth Middleton went by Kate Middleton right up until April 29, 2011, when she married Prince William. On that day, her official name became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, or Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge.’
Arthur, Albert and Philip all tipped for new Prince of Cambridge’s name
According to bookmakers Sky Bet, Arthur is the favourite name, then Albert, Frederick, James and Philip.
‘I strongly suspect that Philip will be either a first or a second name’, she said. Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes said:’It’s the A-Team leading the way now with Alice and Arthur the joint favourites to be the moniker Kate and Wills opt for’.
Why royal baby number three will be different
Former midwife Diana Woodhead who now works for The Women’s Health Clinic said that Kate may have learned from coming back too soon previously, as well as a possible make the most of every minute with her ‘last’ baby.
Speaking about her return to duties six weeks after George’s birth, she said: ‘Certainly for most new mums, this is remarkably early. In terms of how the body recovers, Kate will only just be beginning to feel like her normal self.
The birth of a royal baby boy means Princess Charlotte has made history
Princess Charlotte has made history by being the first-ever member of the royal family not to lose her spot in line to the throne when a male heir is born.
This is due to the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which was passed when the Duchess was pregnant with Prince George and stated that succession to the throne would be based wholly on birth order – not gender.
Why Prince Charles hasn’t met the royal baby yet
The Prince of Wales is believed to have been in Scotland on the day of his grandson’s birth, and on Tuesday had to travel to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day on Wednesday. It is thought Charles is now back in the UK, and is expected to visit the Cambridges at Kensington Palace very soon.
David Beckham: ‘Congratulations to William and Kate on bringing another beautiful boy into this world, plus congratulations to the whole family’
Knight him, William.
What are the odds on Liam?
But in a break from tradition, Kensington Palace have chosen to do away with the protocol.
William to be Harry’s best man: Prince says he is ‘honoured’ to support his brother
Prince Harry has asked his older brother Prince William to be his best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle, it was revealed today.
Wills, 35, will return the favour to Harry, 33, who was his own best man at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Kensington Palace said William is ‘honoured’ to have been asked – although his acceptance will scupper any lingering hopes he may have had of watching some of the FA Cup final, which is on the same day.
Odds: Prince Albert 10/1
Prince Albert is currently the third betting favourite, behind Alexander and Arthur.
A baby Prince Albert … named after … err George VI?
Known publicly as Albert until his accession, and ‘Bertie’ among his family and close friends, George VI was born in the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria, and was named after his great-grandfather Albert Prince Consort.
Although, as The Sun point out, a Prince Albert has come to mean something VERY different in modern times.
He’s more than happy to take on any royal duties on the day too
The Daily Mail’s Royal correspondent is ‘confident it won’t be Alexander’ – could Arthur, Albert or even Louis be announced today?
The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19th
Alexander has emerged as the strong favourite ahead of Arthur and Albert
Here are Betway’s current odds, with the name expected to be announced very shortly.
Kate & Wills Third Baby Name:
Betway’s Alan Alger said: ‘Our betting on the royal baby name went back up again this morning and all the business has been for Alexander.
‘He was well backed on Wednesday, joining Arthur at the head of the market at 5/2, but bets on Alexander have outweighed any other name by some way today and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that name inked on the birth certificate before too long.’
Meghan Markle’s character weds in her final appearance on Suits
Meanwhile, ahead of her real royal wedding, Meghan Markle has made her final appearance as a regular on Suits in the show’s two-hour season finale on the USA Network on Wednesday.
The actress, 36, saw her character, Rachel Zane, wed lawyer Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams, who’s also departing the show) in an art-imitates-life sequence to wrap up the season.
Markle last year quit the legal drama after announcing her forthcoming wedding to Prince Harry, which will take place in just a few weeks at Windsor Castle on May 19.
William jokingly hints at Royal baby’s name: Prince Alexander of Cambridge?
More speculation about the name Alexander, this time from the Daily Telegraph.
Why Anzac Day may have delayed the official announcement
‘Wednesday marked Anzac Day – a national day of remembrance in Australia – which saw Prince William back out to work just two days after his baby boy was born.
‘Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said that the couple would have decided to hold back their announcement in a mark of respect to Australia and New Zealand’s war dead.’
Read the full story in the Daily Express, here.
William gives a VERY big clue to the name of his new baby
Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, suggested to Prince William he should call the boy Alexander during an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in London.
Odds on what Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new baby will be called
Arthur, Albert, James, Philip and Henry are all proving popular.
Richard and Peter are outsiders at 40/1 and 33/1 respectively.
Who are Prince George and Princess Charlotte named after?
Prince George’s full name is George Alexander Louis or His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
Prince Charlotte’s full royal title is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Windsor of Cambridge, and the toddler is fourth in line to the throne.
Royal baby will have ‘strong name’ says Prince William
‘The Duke and Duchess have been caring for their two day old son at Kensington Palace, where they are settling into life as a family of five,’ says Daily Mail Royal correspondent Rebecca English.
Bookmakers, have suspended bets on the baby being named Alexander following a flurry of late bets.
Although Arthur, James and Louis are all in strong contention.
Read the full story, here.
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