It hadn’t even been seven hours after giving birth when new mum and Her Royal Highness Kate Middleton descended the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital (in heels!) with the new baby boy in her arms.
As the Duchess of Cambridge introduced her third child to the world, everyone was curious to know what name the royal couple had chosen for their son this time around. Four days later, Kensington Palace announced the new Prince’s name – but wait, how do you actually pronounce it?
Royal Baby No.3
On April 23, 2018, a crowd of well-wishers had gathered around St. Mary’s Hospital, where Kate Middleton had given birth to her second son, anxiously awaiting to catch a glimpse of the youngest member of the royal family.
Seven hours after delivery, the duchess of Cambridge emerged from the hospital’s doors with her second son, wrapped delicately in the royal family’s go-to brand GH Hurt and Son, in her arms. The new mum was accompanied by husband Prince William as well as children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Middleton stunned the crowd in her red dress with white, lace collar, which resembled the attire Princess Diana wore after she gave birth to Prince Harry. The royal mum rocked her signature blowout given by hairstylist Natasha Archer who was seen leaving the hospital just an hour before the grand royal appearance. The duchess completed her look with a pair of nude heels.
Loo-is or Loo-ee?
Four days after the post-baby debut, the Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess had decided to name their third child Louis Charles Arthur, which triggered an immediate debate over the pronunciation of the new royal baby’s name: Is it Loo-is or Loo-ee? The answer to the puzzling question is hidden in the royal family’s history as well as William’s full name.
Many are speculating that the baby is named after Prince Phillip’s beloved uncle Louis Mountbatten, who was killed in 1979 in a bomb blast. The name also occurs in Prince William’s full names which is stated as William Arthur Philip Louis on his birth certificate – and pronounced as Loo-ee. The name choice is the Duchess’ way of keeping alive the royal tradition of handing down family names.
Fifth-in-Line to the Throne
After showing off Louis to the enthusiastic crowd waiting outside St Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing, where the royal couple had made all three of their post-baby appearances, William expertly put the baby carrier in the back seat of the car before driving off to Kensington Palace.
The third pregnancy was announced in September last year amidst speculations of Kate’s disappearance from the limelight. It was later revealed that the Duchess was suffering from acute morning sickness in the early phase of her pregnancy which had prevented her from performing her royal duties. But soon she returned to the public sphere, rocking a baby bump for the third time. Nine months later, Prince Louis was born on the expected due date, April 23 at 11 a.m.
Heaviest Royal Baby in the History
Insiders said that the duchess was secretly transported to the hospital at 5 a.m. after going in labor. According to Kensington Palace’s statement, the Duke of Cambridge was present by his wife’s side during the delivery and was elated to welcome a third child into the family. Louis weighed a healthy 8 pounds and 7 ounces at the time of birth, setting a record of being the heaviest royal baby in the history.
As per royal tradition, Louis’s birth was announced outside Buckingham Palace and an official document containing the baby Prince’s birth details, weight and gender was placed on an easel outside the Royal Palace. Copies of the document were also distributed through email across various national and international media outlets as well as shared on official social media pages.
Just like siblings Charlotte and George, Louis will only have three names of Cambridge along with the title of prince on his birth certificate. None of the royal children’s birth certificates have last names.