Carole Middleton was seen leaving Kensington Palace this afternoon
Kate’s brother James Middleton also went along to the palace to meet his baby nephew
The Duke of Cambridge said the latest addition to his family was ‘sleeping reasonably well so far’ adding, ‘he’s behaving himself, which is good news’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on Monday
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Kate’s sister, Pippa, 34, who is reportedly pregnant with her first child, was seen driving herself out of the gates of Kensington Palace yesterday morning
Prince Charles travelled down from the Highlands to France for a dawn service this morning to mark the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on behalf of the Queen
The Duke of Cambridge joked with people outside Westminster Abbey who were excitedly trying to find out his son’s name
As William met Sir Jerry Mateparae, New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, the Dean of Westminster joked about the eagerly anticipated name, saying: ‘Jerry would like it to be Jerry.’
Bookies William Hill, have suspended betting on the name of the third William and Kate baby after a major gamble saw the odds of Alexander tumble from 14/1 in to Even money in the space of an hour
Carole Middleton was seen shopping on the King’s Road for baby supplies after her daughter gave birth
Mr and Mrs Middleton, it is understood, were amongst the first visitors to see the new prince, while Kate’s sister, Pippa, 34, who is reportedly pregnant with her first child, was seen driving herself out of the gates of Kensington Palace yesterday morning in a pink coat and sunglasses, with a broad smile on her face.
A royal source said Charles, 69, was very keen to see his grandson but would ‘have to work out a time with his family when he gets back’ from France.
The prince did say, however, in an unexpected statement yesterday that both he and baby’s step-grandmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, were thrilled at the new arrival.
‘We are both so pleased at the news. It is a great joy to have another grandchild,’ he said.
Over the years there have been reported family tensions, with Charles privately complaining of not seeing enough of his grandchildren, particularly compared to the Middletons.
The Duke of Cambridge was joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for the traditional service
A royal source said Charles, 69, was very keen to see his grandson but would ‘have to work out a time with his family when he gets back’ from France
Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are frequent visitors to Kate’s family home, Bucklebury Manor, a haven of tranquillity for the royal children, who can run around the 18-acre grounds without a care in the world and collect fresh eggs from the Middleton’s chicken coop.
According to sources, the Middletons are ‘virtually retired’ from the day to day running of their successful business, Party Pieces, and therefore able to help out whenever needed.
Charles, on the other hand, has huge official commitments, including almost 600 public engagements a year, as well as a growing number of official duties on behalf of the elderly Queen, and has to ask his diary team to schedule in time with his young grandchildren.
But he does dote on the youngsters.
Meeting a number of people in a line-up, William could be heard joking with one man that he has a ‘strong name’ – as the world waits for the palace to announce the name of the new royal baby
Prince Harry was today at the Cenotaph in Whitehall for the ANZAC Day Parade
Charles, pictured today, has huge official commitments, including almost 600 public engagements a year, as well as a growing number of official duties on behalf of the elderly Queen
Both George, four, and Charlotte, who will turn three next week, have hand-made wooden swings in the garden at Anmer, carved with their names, courtesy of their grandpapa – and there is sure to be a third joining them, when William and Kate eventually decide on a name.
The Countess of Wessex, who is married to William’s uncle, Prince Edward, revealed to the Mail yesterday that even they hadn’t been given a hint – although the bookmaker’s clear favourite is Arthur.
She said: ‘The jury’s out on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and see!’ During a visit to Tregolls School in Truro, Cornwall, mother-of-two Sophie added: ‘I’m thrilled for them all, it’s lovely – really good news.’
It is anticipated, in line with other royal births, including Charlotte, that the name will be released by Kensington Palace today by press release and on social media.
The Queen, who is at Windsor this week, will likely be informed by phone as to the name of her sixth great-grandchildren.
She also may not see him until the weekend, when it is likely that William and Kate will bring their new son to the castle to see both herself and Prince Philip, who is currently recovering there from a hip replacement and unable to travel.
Kate and William keep world waiting before they reveal new royal baby’s name
ODDS ON THE NAME OF THE ROYAL BABY
Arthur – 11/4
James – 4/1
Alexander – 5/1
Albert – 6/1
Philip – 10/1
Henry – 12/1
Edward – 16/1
Frederick – 16/1
Louis – 16/1
Odds supplied by Ladbrokes
Royalists and bookmakers alike have waited patiently since Monday to find out the name of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new arrival.
More than 100,000 bets were placed across the UK betting industry on the baby name with Arthur leading the way this morning as the bookmakers’ favourite.
But this afternoon bookies William Hill suspended betting after a major gamble saw the odds of Alexander tumble from 14/1 in to Even money in the space of an hour.
Favourite at the start of the day, Arthur, drifted from 5/2 to 11/4.
The baby – William and Kate’s third child – was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz.
Royals traditionally keep the public guessing before revealing their choice of name.
William and Kate will want to share the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public.
Bookmakers reported a late flurry of bets on Albert – the name of Queen Victoria’s beloved consort, and the actual first name of the Queen’s father George VI.
Another favourite was Philip – a lasting tribute to the Prince of Cambridge’s great grandfather and the middle name of Charles and William.
So what names are in the running? Here are some of the contenders:
The prince said that both he and baby’s step-grandmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, were thrilled at the new arrival
One of Charles’s middle names, Arthur is also one of William’s middle names and was a middle name of the Queen’s father, George VI.
The legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century. Once popular, the name fell out of fashion but has had a revival in recent years. Former prime minister David Cameron has a son called Arthur.
The legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century
Queen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.
By choosing Albert or Bertie for a boy, William and Kate would be honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, who was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George but always known to his family as Bertie.
Shy, stammering Bertie was forced to become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, but won the nation’s affection by standing firm in London during the Second World War.
Queen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert (pictured together)
A lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh could see a Prince of Cambridge called Philip.
Both Charles and William have Philip as a middle name.
The Duke – known for his dedication to duty and his acerbic wit – has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years and is the nation’s longest serving consort.
A lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh could see a Prince of Cambridge called Philip
A Prince Freddie of Cambridge would have a historical link to the 1st Duke of Cambridge.
Prince Adolphus Frederick lived from 1774 to 1850 and was a son of George III.
He was apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out ‘By all means’ if the priest said ‘Let us pray’.
James could have been chosen to signify Kate’s affection for her brother, the baby’s uncle, James Middleton (pictured in 2011 on his sister’s wedding day)
William may have chosen to pay tribute to his father – but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered to similar to Charlotte.
William may have chosen to pay tribute to his father – but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered to similar to Charlotte
James could have been chosen to signify Kate’s affection for her brother, the baby’s uncle, James Middleton.
William already has a cousin James, the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son, Viscount Severn.
James is a Stuart name. James I, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, had been king of Scotland for 36 years as James VI when he became king of England in 1603.
They could have chosen William as a middle name, but also perhaps Michael as a middle name out of respect for Kate’s father.
Kate’s grandfather on her paternal side was called Peter, while on her maternal side, her grandfather was Ronald.
Thomas also appears several times in Kate’s family tree as does Francis.
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