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Prince William and his wife Kate have given their royal son a name. It's George Alexander Louis who is third in line to the British throne. 

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Thursday morning update: Royal baby has a name

Two days his birth, the Royal baby has a name. It's George Alexander Louis, the name chosen by the Prince Williams and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

Kate and William emerge from the hospital with their newborn son, a likely future King.

Crowds gather outside the Buckingham Palace to await the official birth announcement which came several hours later. AFP

The royal baby is "absolutely beautiful," say proud grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton. AFP

Wednesday morning update: What did they say?

William and Catherine spoke briefly to the media outside the hospital, but what did they say? The crowd was noisy so it was difficult to hear, but I think I have the conversation just about right

William: He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure (meaning he cries loudly). He's a big boy. He's quite heavy.

But, we're still working on a name. We'll have that as soon as we can.   "It's the first time we have seen him really so we are having a proper chance to catch up." "Very emotional."

Catherine:  "It's very emotional. It's such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like." 

William: "It's very special."

William (to the gathered reporters): I'll remind him of his tardiness when he gets a little older because I know how long you have been standing out here. So hopefully the hospital and you guys can all get back to normal now and we can go and look after him."

William (asked who the baby resembles) "He's got her looks, thankfully," 

"No, I am not sure about that."

William (asked about if the baby's name will be George): "Wait and see, people Wait and see."

William (asked if he had changed the baby's nappy yet.): "Done that," 

Catherine: "He's done that already. Very, very good," 

William (asked about the baby's hair)  "He's got way more than me, thank God."

Early Wednesday morning update

William and Kate have shown off their newborn son outside the hospital where he was born.

Kate appeared happy and healthy despite her 12-hour ordeal the day before.

The baby was wrapped in a blanket, but at one point wiggled his toes to the delight of the cheering crowd.

The royal couple spent several minutes chatting with the media before going back outside. Shortly later they left by car for their Kensington Palace residence a short time away. William put the baby in a special car seat before taking the wheel himself.

Tuesday evening update

The world hasn't seen Duchess Kate's baby, but her parents have and we know now that the little prince is "absolutely beautiful".

Carole and Michael Middleton drove into town Tuesday from their estate in rural Bucklebury, posed briefly for the media outside the hospital and then had an hour visit with the proud mother and her newborn baby.

When they emerged afterward, they said little except that everything was going well.

The next big event, of course, will come when Kate and William leave the hospital with the little prince.

It's a boy for Kate and William

Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a boy on Monday, the couple' s first child and the third in line to the British throne, heralding celebrations in London and messages of goodwill from across the world.

"We could not be happier," Prince William said in a brief statement, after he witnessed the birth of his son at 4:24 p.m. (11:24 a.m. ET), an event that sparked an international media frenzy and the illumination of London landmarks in blue.

A notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, in central London. It read:"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 pm. "The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth."

His office said Kate and the baby, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz (3.8 kg) and to be publicly named at a later date, were both doing well and would stay in hospital overnight.

A town crier announces the royal birth outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital

Prince William phoned his grandmother the queen to give her the news, and also contacted his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry, all of whom were said to be delighted. The addition to the family is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and William. Reuters


absolutely: completely - โดยสิ้นเชิง, อย่างแน่นอน, อย่างแท้จริง

blanket: a thick cover made of wool or another material that you use to keep warm in bed - ผ้าห่ม

briefly: for a short time - ชั่วครู่, สั้นๆ, ในเวลาสั้นๆ

couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คู่แต่งงานกัน, คุ่รัก

delight: a feeling of great happiness and pleasure - ความปลื้มปิติ

delighted: very happy or satisfied about something - ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ

duchess: the wife of a duke; a woman who has the rank of a duke - ภรรยาของท่านดยุค

emerged: came out - ปรากฏให้เห็น

emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์

estate: a large area of land, usually in the country, that is owned by one person or family - ที่ดิน

forecourt: a large open space in front of a building - ลานหน้าอาคาร, ลานข้างหน้าตึก

formally: officially; following an agreed or official way of doing things - อย่างเป็นทางการ

frenzy: (an example of) uncontrolled and excited behaviour or emotion, which is sometimes violent - ความบ้าคลั่ง, ความตื่นเต้นมาก, ความบ้าระห่ำ

gather: to come together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม

goodwill: friendly or helpful feelings towards other people or countries - ความเป็นมิตร, ความหวังดี, มิตรไมตรี

herald: to be a sign that something important, and often (but not always) good, is starting to happen - ส่งสัญญาณ

illumination: light or a place that light comes from - การทำให้ส่องสว่าง, การให้แสงสว่าง

landmark: a building or place that is easily recognised, especially one which you can use to judge where you are - สถานที่ที่เป็นจุดสังเกต

lungs: the organs in your chest that fill with air when you breathe - ปอด

media: newspapers, television, radio, etc. - สื่อ

nappy: a piece of soft cloth or other thick material that is folded around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and hold its body waste - ผ้าอ้อม

normalcy: the state of being normal, ordinary or usual - สภาวะปกติ

ordeal: an extremely unpleasant experience, especially one that lasts for a long time - ประสบการณ์ที่แสนสาหัส

pose: to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed - วางท่าถ่ายรูป

remind: to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten - เตือนความจำ

resemble: to be like or look like someone or something else - มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ

residence: a place where someone lives - ที่พำนัก ที่อาศัย

rural: connected with the countryside outside big towns and cities  - ในชนบท, บ้านนอก

spark: to make something happen - ก่อให้เกิด

tardiness: slow to act, move or happen; late in happening or arriving - ความล่าช้า

the throne: the monarchy - สถาบันกษัตริย์

town crier: mainly in earlier times) an official who made public announcements -

wiggle: to move from side to side or up and down in short quick movements; to make something move in this way - กระดิก, เลื้อย

witness: to see something happen - มองเห็น, เป็นพยาน

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