Royal Baby Named George Alexander Louis

Royal Baby Named George Alexander LouisThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace has said. The third in line to the throne, who was born on Monday at 16:24 BST, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

‘Traditional royal name’

The duke and duchess had been expected to pick a traditional royal name for their son, who was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8lbs 6oz. Royal infants usually have historical names which are passed down through the generations.

There have been six King Georges up to now, most recently the Queen’s father, although his first name was Albert and he was known to his family as Bertie. The name Louis is Prince William’s fourth name and is likely to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.

‘A tribute’

The prince’s other middle name – Alexander – is one that three medieval Scottish kings have had, and was also the name of the famous 4th Century ruler Alexander the Great. The Queen’s middle name is Alexandra.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said George will be seen as a tribute to the Queen’s father but the couple are said to genuinely like the name themselves. Alexander was a favourite of Catherine’s, he added. As well as being an established regal name, George is also a saint’s name. St George was an early Christian martyr and is the patron saint of England.

The announcement of the new prince’s name has been relatively quick compared with previous royal babies. It was seven days before the name of a newborn Prince William was announced in 1982, and there was a wait of a month following Prince Charles’s birth in 1948.

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Source: BBC News

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Space Station receives Multinational Crew

Earlier today, a Russian capsule carried three multinational astronauts from three different countries onto the International Space Station orbiting over the planet. The Soyuz spacecraft capsule was launched from Kazakhstan and ended the two day mission with a link up on the space station lab. This will be the first time that a country has launched three astronauts that are not of their own nationality.

The three new arrivals will be joining three others that were already on board the space station. All six of the space station tenants will part of history when NASA flies the space shuttle for the last time. The shuttle Atlantis is set to deliver one last load of supplies to the International Space Station next month. The liftoff is scheduled for the 8th of July. This last mission will end the 30 year space shuttle program.

Arriving on the space station were Michael Fossum from the United States of America, Sergey Volkov from Russia, and Satoshi Furukawa from Japan. They will be joining American Ronald Garan Jr. and Russians Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev. Samokutyaev is the current commander of the Space Station. These three have been on board the space station since April conducting several experiments and projects.

The delivery of the three new occupants was reported to be successful, although there was a minor problem with the Soyuz’s thruster. The link-up occurred 220 miles over the Atlantic Ocean, just northeast of Rio de Janeiro. All three passengers were reported to be safely on board minutes after the link by the rest of the crew in the station.

Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Chief of Space Operations, watched the docking of the Soyuz to the International Space station from Russian Mission Control just outside of Moscow. He answered a question regarding the first private space station delivery and said that it could occur as early as November of this year. Once the last mission ends on July, there will be no other means of transport in the United States.

NASA has encouraged U.S. companies to take over cargo loading missions to the space station and eventually, provide passage for crews to board the station. In the meantime, American astronauts’ only means of travel will have to be through the Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan at the cost of tens of millions of dollars per seat. NASA has said that it will turn its attention to interplanetary travel.