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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Queen Elizabeth Becomes Second Longest Reigning Monarch of Britain

Earlier today, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed King George III to become UK’s second longest monarch in its more than 1,000-year long history. The 85-year old Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne for 59 years and 96 days. Only Queen Victoria stayed on the throne longer, with a record of 63 years and 216 days. Queen Victoria reigned from June 1837 to January 1901.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor has been on the throne since she was acceded on February 6, 1952 and was preceded by George IV. She took the throne at a very young age of 26.The longevity of her reign surpassed the reign on King George III, whose reign was from 1760 to 1820, a time when the United States had won independence from the United Kingdom.

King George had suffered from mental illness in the latter part of his life and was known by many as the Mad King George. Medical practitioners at the time had no idea what it was but it has long been suggested that King George suffered from the blood disease Porphyria. After a final relapse in 1810, a regency was established and King George’s eldest son George IV, ruled as Prince Regent until his father died in 1820.

Buckingham palace announced that there was no celebration to mark the longevity of the Queen’s reign and that everything in the palace was “business as usual”. The monarchy just recently experienced a lot of positive attention when the Queen’s grandson Prince William married Kate Middleton in one of the most watched Royal Weddings in history. Queen Elizabeth married her consort Prince Philip, in 1947 and the royal couple had four children together.

The Queen is more likely to celebrate next year, where she will be celebrating her diamond jubilee or the 60th year of her reign. Because of the longevity of her reign, her son, 62-year old Prince Charles, broke the record last month for spending the longest time as heir-to-the throne. It is very likely that the next person to sit on the throne will be Prince Charles eldest son, 28-year old Prince William.

Although the Queen has had some health problems in the past, she is still strong for her age and if she keeps healthy, she is very likely to break Queen Victoria’s record, which is a mere 3 and a half years ahead of her reign. She will officially break the record for the longest reign on September 10, 2015.