Royal baby to be named George Alexander Louis

Kensington palace announce the name of new arrival

William and Kate leaving St Mary’s hospital in London yesterday evening with their baby son. Photograph: Reuters

William and Kate leaving St Mary’s hospital in London yesterday evening with their baby son. Photograph: Reuters

Wed, Jul 24, 2013, 18:47

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace said in a brief statement this evening.

The baby will be known as Prince George and as third in line to the throne will one day be king.

Six King Georges have worn the British crown throughout history since the German-born George I acceded to the throne in 1714.

The last was the Queen’s father George VI who died in 1952 but was known to his family as Bertie. George was the most popular name with the bookies with betting firms William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power all offering short odds on the moniker.

Meanwhile, the BBC has defended its coverage of the royal baby after viewers complained there was too much of it and it was too unbalanced in favour of the royal family.

It said “care” had been taken to ensure other stories were covered alongside the latest royal arrival and added that the story had been “extremely popular” with audiences.

The corporation said its coverage, including the announcement of the birth and the appearance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the new prince, “received complaints from some viewers who feel there has been too much coverage of the royal baby story and also from some who feel that the coverage has been biased in favour of the monarchy”.

A statement on the BBC’s complaints website said: “Monday was the biggest global day and second biggest UK day ever for BBC News Online, with 19.4 million unique browsers globally and 10.8 million from the UK.

“We are satisfied that our audiences had both the best coverage of a major historical event - the birth of a new heir to the throne - as well as options to view other news across BBC output as a whole.

“We have also been careful to feature a range of contributors and opinions across our coverage, including those who do not support the monarchy or the attention this event has received. This included featuring the opinions of Republic, which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy, and a number of other voices.”