Royal baby's name a nod to Diana?

The large crowds waiting outside Buckingham Palace as the royal bulletin announcing the birth is put up.
The large crowds waiting outside Buckingham Palace as the royal bulletin announcing the birth is put up.
People try to photograph the notice.
People try to photograph the notice.
Celebrating the announcement of the birth outside St Mary's Hospital.
Celebrating the announcement of the birth outside St Mary's Hospital.
A sign reads 'Kate' in Piccadilly Circus, London, after the birth of the royal baby.
A sign reads 'Kate' in Piccadilly Circus, London, after the birth of the royal baby.
The London Eye in London is lit in red, white and blue and the full moon is visible after the birth of the royal baby boy.
The London Eye in London is lit in red, white and blue and the full moon is visible after the birth of the royal baby boy.
A town crier announces the royal birth outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.
A town crier announces the royal birth outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.
The fountains at Trafalgar Square are seen lit blue to signify the birth of a baby boy.
The fountains at Trafalgar Square are seen lit blue to signify the birth of a baby boy.
Ed Perkins of Kensington Palace hands over the official birth notice to a waiting driver to take to Buckinham Palace, outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital after Kate gave birth.
Ed Perkins of Kensington Palace hands over the official birth notice to a waiting driver to take to Buckinham Palace, outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital after Kate gave birth.
A Jaguar car is driven into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace bringing the news to announce the birth of a baby boy.
A Jaguar car is driven into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace bringing the news to announce the birth of a baby boy.
The Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes (R) is given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, to announce the birth of a baby boy
The Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes (R) is given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, to announce the birth of a baby boy
The Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes carries the official notification of the birth into Buckingham Palace
The Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes carries the official notification of the birth into Buckingham Palace
The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place the announcement on the easel which stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of a baby boy.
The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place the announcement on the easel which stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of a baby boy.
A notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
A notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen arrives at Buckingham Palace after Kate was admitted to a hospital nearby.
The Queen arrives at Buckingham Palace after Kate was admitted to a hospital nearby.
The text of the notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The text of the notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Doctor Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that helped Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge deliver a baby boy, leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London.
Doctor Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that helped Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge deliver a baby boy, leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London.
The birth of the royal baby is announced at Clapham Common tube station in London.
The birth of the royal baby is announced at Clapham Common tube station in London.
Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, Lancashire is lit up in blue for the birth of the royal baby.
Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, Lancashire is lit up in blue for the birth of the royal baby.
A woman swims in the fountains at Trafalgar Square which are lit to signify the birth of a baby boy.
A woman swims in the fountains at Trafalgar Square which are lit to signify the birth of a baby boy.
The Tower Bridge lit up in blue in honour of the royal baby.
The Tower Bridge lit up in blue in honour of the royal baby.
A crowd of people take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.
A crowd of people take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.
Royal fans wait outside St Mary's Hospital.
Royal fans wait outside St Mary's Hospital.
People react to the news of the birth of a baby boy outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.
People react to the news of the birth of a baby boy outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.
Media camped outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.
Media camped outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.
Crowds of people try to look at a notice formally announcing the birth.
Crowds of people try to look at a notice formally announcing the birth.
Crowds wait outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.
Crowds wait outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.
British and royal decorations are seen, after the announcement of the birth, at Ye Olde King's Head English pub's gift shop in Santa Monica, California.
British and royal decorations are seen, after the announcement of the birth, at Ye Olde King's Head English pub's gift shop in Santa Monica, California.
Karen Milnefrom Scotland, wears a mask representing Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she and her friends celebrate the royal birth at Ye Olde King's Head English Pub in Santa Monica, California.
Karen Milnefrom Scotland, wears a mask representing Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she and her friends celebrate the royal birth at Ye Olde King's Head English Pub in Santa Monica, California.
A news ticker in Times Square in New York informs the public of the birth of the royal baby.
A news ticker in Times Square in New York informs the public of the birth of the royal baby.

What's in a name? More than we realise, it appears. At least that's the case for the newly named George Alexander Louis.

We know the little prince's name is a nod to a long lineage of royal Georges. No less than six of them have been kings. We also know that the name was the favourite with punters around the world.

But, what many don't know is that the baby's name may also be an acknowledgement of William's mum, Diana and her side of the family.

In an interview with Australia's ABC's radio this morning, Margaret Holder, a royal writer for more than 30 years said, "George, clearly, is after the Queen's father.

"The person I thought William resembled most in character [was King George], a very devoted family man.

"And William and Kate, when they have a brother or sister for this little boy, they will very much resemble that family unit - that we saw in The King's Speech."

But, she also said that the names "are also a nod to the Spencers. The three names are the names of Prince William's cousins.

"It's intriguing that he's also gone for the Spencer side.

"There is George McCorquodale, there's Alexander Fellowes, and there's Louis Spencer, heir to the Althorp house and dynasty. He is the son of Earl Charles Spencer's first marriage."

With the name, Kate's polkadot dress and Diana's 19-carat engagement ring, the new family continue to keep the memory of Will's beloved late-mother alive.

That said, the Queen still had the final say on her new grandchild's name.

"If they come up with something ridiculous, the Queen could have said, 'look, this is not a suitable name for a monarch'," Holder said.

As for what boy George's title will be in the years to come, Holder said: "I expect this little baby George - very few of us will see him come to the throne - I expect that he will take the name one day. He will be George VII."

NEW FAMILY: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge with new son Prince George Alexander Louis.
NEW FAMILY: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge with new son Prince George Alexander Louis.

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