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Your Furry Highness: Meet Louis the Camel

Hairy moment: Louis stands in his enclosure at Blackpool Zoo, in Blackpool on April 25, 2018. The zoo named the calf Louis, after the son recently born to Kate and Prince William. Both the calf and the Prince were born on April 22, 2018 | Laura Ockenden/Blackpool Zoo

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ouis the camel stands gingerly in his enclosure at Blackpool Zoo oblivious of his regal connections. The double humped Bactrian camel calf was named in honour of the new royal baby recently born to the Duke and  Duchess of Cambridge. The calf and the Prince were both born on 23 April, 2018 in very contrasting environments.

The latter, with a little less hair in more opulent settings with the world’s media maintaining a vigil outside the private Lindo Wing and the former in rather humble surroundings without any trappings of wealth.

But just like Prince William’s wife Kate, camel mum Tibet isn’t a first-time mum. Louis is Kate’s third child but Tibet has had five offspring. The prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, was born at 1001 GMT weighing 8 lbs 7oz.

Royal baby: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital with Prince Louis in London, April 23, 2018

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.

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