The time has arrived. We can finally stop referring to Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child and second son as "Royal Baby 3" or "RB3." It took two days after the royal couple's older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were born before their names were announced. For this newest little prince, it was an agonizing four-day wait after his birth.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
The baby's name is pronounced Loo-ee rather than Loo-is.
Royal family fans and betmakers in England were astounded when the little one's name was finally released early yesterday. Word has it that the name that everyone assumed Prince William and Kate Middleton had chosen for their new prince was Albert. The second most assumed choice was Arthur. HRH Prince Louis' parents blew everyone away with their surprising choice.
Superfans had gotten so tired of waiting that they decided to get creative and logged on to the royal family's official site to see if the baby had their own page yet. When they got a different response on the url with "Prince Albert" than all of the other suspected names, they assumed that the baby's name had been chosen.
But in all actuality, Prince Louis makes perfect sense. Royal baby name experts didn't count on Louis as a frontrunner because Prince George's full name is HRH Prince George Alexander Louis and one of Prince William's middle names is also Louis. But the name Louis has strong ties within the royal family.
"It's very much an acknowledgement of a wider heritage," historian Judith Rowbotham said of the name choice. She also stated that it is "very much an affectionate tribute" to the Prince of Wales, who was "deeply devoted" to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the new prince's late great-great-great uncle who was killed by the IRA in 1979.
Prince William told a crowd that Catherine and the baby were "in good form, luckily..." and said that the baby is adjusting well. "[His] sleeping's going reasonably well so far, so he's behaving himself, which is good news."
As a gift, Disney released a hand-drawn sketch of Winnie-the-Pooh approaching Prince Louis with his parents with the gift of a balloon and a tag that says "To Louis." It seems that this third baby has no shortage of warm wishes.
Still, we would like to extend our very own. Welcome to the world, Baby Louis! It's nice to know your name!