LONDON: Britain’s Prince William, his wife Kate and newly named baby son George spent on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) at her family home in rural England, far from the glare of the world’s media.
The couple slipped away from London in the afternoon, shortly before it was announced that their newborn baby would be called George Alexander Louis.
George, a name shared by six previous kings, was the clear favorite during the fevered speculation about the prince’s name, as it pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s beloved father King George 6th, who reigned from 1936 until his death in 1952.
The new baby, who is third in line to the throne, will now officially be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, after his father and mother the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The announcement came just hours after the queen met her great-grandson at Kensington Palace for the first time since his birth on Monday, leading to speculation she had given the name her final clearance then.
The new parents, both 31, and their little prince later left for Kate’s parents’ house in rural Berkshire, outside London, seeking a respite from the global media frenzy that has swirled around them for days.