LONDON — The bookies were right: He Who Had Not Been Named is now Prince George. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, to be exact. • On Wednesday, that regal name was bestowed on Britain's 2-day-old royal baby by his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton.
The last King George was George VI, William's great-grandfather, whose valiant battle with a speech impediment when he inherited the throne after his brother's abdication was dramatized in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech.
The BBC speculated that Alexander may have been a preference on the Middleton side. It is also common in Scotland, which had three medieval kings named Alexander.
Louis, royal-watchers said, was picked at least in part as a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, Charles' beloved great-uncle, who was killed when an Irish Republican Army bomb blew up his boat in 1979. Louis is also one of William's names.
Crier is a commuter
Tony Appleton, the town crier announcing the birth of the Prince of Cambridge outside St. Mary's Hospital in London, did not have the royal seal of approval. Appleton is in fact a crier, but in Romford, a commuter town just east of London, and in Bury St. Edmunds, a market town in southeastern England — not Buckingham Palace. In interview, he said Wednesday that he simply showed up in costume after getting a tipoff from a British journalist that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth. "I'm a royalist. I love the royal family," he said by telephone from Romford, but he acknowledged he had no official royal role. "I came unannounced."