Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have announced the arrival of a healthy baby boy on Monday.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on April 24, 2018

Arthur, James, Albert or Philip? They are the names holding favouritism with bookmakers, with William and Kate’s prince’s name still under wraps.

“You’ll find out soon enough,” is all that William would offer when asked what they had decided.

The boy — who was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing almost four kilograms — replaces Harry as fifth-in-line to the throne, after his grandfather Prince Charles, father William, and siblings George (4) and Charlotte (2).

“Thrice the worry now,” William told reporters before whisking his family off to Kensington Palace. “We didn’t keep you waiting too long this time.”

Royal expert Giselle Bastin from Flinders University said she expected William and Kate to “play it safe” and stick to Windsor family names.

“They certainly can’t go for one of these new phonetically spelled, contemporary names,” she said.

“They’ll still be Windsor names of one kind or another… They have to go modern but they have to keep it traditional.”

Dr Bastin said it was likely William and Kate would run their chosen name by Queen Elizabeth, “just in case there’s a name where they don’t know about any skeletons in the closet”.

Kensington Palace said the royal family is “delighted with the news”.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

As per traditional practice, the official notice of the birth was put up on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Possible top picks for William and Kate

  • Arthur: The name of the “mythical first king of Britain”, is the middle name of both William and Charles.
  • Albert: A name of German origin (Adalbert), Albert means noble, bright. It would be a nod to the boy’s great-great-grandfather King George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George).
  • Philip: It is less common to issue a name still in use, but they could opt to honour the Duke of Edinburgh as well as Catherine’s sister Philippa.
  • James: Strong royal pedigree, and as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex having called their son James, it is the also name of the Duchess of Cambridge’s little brother.

    It shouldn’t be a long wait, Princess Charlotte’s name was unveiled after just two days.