It’s official: Kate Middleton and Prince William announced today that the royal baby will be named George Alexander Louis.

Of course, it’s not just a cute name — as we have reported recently, the name does have huge historical significance for the royal family. There have been six King Georges in the past, which made this name a frontrunner in betting pools and pushed it to the odds-on favorite. After all, Britain was ruled by kings named George for 116 years straight, so it’s not exactly a new thing for England!

The Queen’s late father was George VI, and Prince Charles has obviously put aside his rumored plan to be referred to as George VII when he’s crowned King, which is not a huge surprise since the Prince already denied in the Guardian that he would do so.

Royal Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, who called the name race between George and James correctly, surmised, “I think he’s going to be called George. It’s a nod to the queen’s late father, George VI — you remember Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, the impediments he struggled against — someone who never expected to be king and did so brilliantly in the war.”

In another nice nod to tradition, Saint George is the patron saint of England, who famously slayed the dragon, becoming the symbol of good conquering evil.

That’s a lot of heavy stuff to put on a baby, but how cute will it be to have a new little Prince George romping around the Palace?

Source: GuardianNameberry

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