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Louis Arthur Charles: Royal Baby Named after Lord Mountbatten

New arrival: Prince Louis is carried away from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London, April 23, 2018

Prince William and his wife Kate have named their newborn son Louis Arthur Charles, who will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, Kensington Palace has confirmed four days after his birth at St Mary’s Hospital.

The prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, was born at 1001 GMT on April 23 weighing 8 lbs 7oz. Louis is William’s fourth name as well as being that of Earl Mountbatten, to whom William’s father Prince Charles was particularly close. Mountbatten was the uncle of Prince Philip, 96, great-grandfather of the new prince.

For a boy, the leading bets were for Albert, Arthur, Alexander, James and Philip. The betting odds had indicated just a five percent chance of the prince being named Louis.

MOUNTBATTEN NAMESAKE

Louis is William’s fourth name as well as being that of Earl Mountbatten, to whom William’s father Prince Charles was particularly close. Mountbatten was the uncle of Prince Philip, 96, great-grandfather of the new prince.

Earl Mountbatten was the last viceroy of India, before the country became independent in 1947. He was killed in 1978 when IRA militants detonated a bomb on a boat while he was fishing.

LOUIS THE CAMEL 

Furry namesake: Louis the camel stands in his enclosure at Blackpool Zoo, in Blackpool, Britain April 25, 2018. The zoo has named the calf Louis, after the son recently born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Both the calf and the Prince were born on April 22, 2018 | Laura Ockenden/Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo has also named a calf  born on the same day as the prince Louis. The furry animal seemed oblivious of its royal association.

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