Saturday 16 December 2017

Delay usual but fans hope name of prince will be announced soon

Victoria Ward London

The queen took a month to announce the name of her first-born son. Royal watchers are hoping that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prove to be rather more decisive.

Aides said yesterday that the third in line to the throne would be named "in due course".

Such delays have almost become a part of royal tradition, with the public often left guessing for several days.

When the duke was born in 1982, his parents waited a week before announcing his name, amid speculation that Diana liked Sebastian and Oliver, while her husband was hoping to call him Albert.

Whenever it is revealed, the third in line to the throne is certain to be given several middle names, including at least one or two that have been passed down through the monarchy.

The Prince of Wales was christened Charles Philip Arthur George, while the Duke of Cambridge is called William Arthur Philip Louis.

The bookmakers' favourite for the new prince is George, closely followed by James. Both names, with six kings called George and two called James, would be considered suitably regal and traditional.

Henry, Prince Harry's official name, is also in the running with Alexander and Louis.

The new parents are expected to take some inspiration from the duchess's side of the family.

Although they do not have strong links to Carole Middleton's paternal family, they could choose to honour her father, Michael, or use Francis, which is the middle name of both her father and her grandfather.

Frances was also the middle name of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Charles Kidd, the editor of 'Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage', predicted that the young couple would select a conventional first name.

"I do think that Prince William is quite a traditionalist," he said.

"The fact that he chose to use the royal dukedom (of Cambridge) and has followed royal precedent, I wouldn't be surprised if they use a name that is already familiar in the royal family." (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

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