Duchess Kate & William probably won’t announce the baby name until Wednesday?

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge baby

I still feel a little bit hungover from all of the Royal Baby excitement yesterday. It was a fun day, and I enjoyed how compact it was: the first news of the morning was that the Duchess of Cambridge had checked into the hospital, and there was a steady stream of news, speculation, gossip, photos and announcements throughout the day. Kate is currently at Kensington Palace with the new baby. William is there, and I suspect Prince George and Princess Charlotte still have the same weekday schedule as always (nursery school and big-kid school). I also suspect Carole Middleton is just flat-out staying with them right now, which is fine with me: this is one of the those moments where Kate needs her mom there and every woman understands.

As for the news… there’s no news, really. The Queen is apparently at Windsor Castle right now – or she was yesterday – but she’ll see the new baby soon enough, I’m sure. Harry and Meghan are in London, and I bet they’ve already popped by to see the baby. I still believe that Kate will find some way to take the baby to her parents’ house in Bucklebury or to Anmer Hall for a time.

The only news yet to come is the baby’s name. I had forgotten this, but apparently they wait two days after the birth to announce the name. When they made us wait for George’s name, it was because (they said) they wanted to tell the Queen first. Buckingham Palace later indicated that it wasn’t necessary to tell the Queen first, so they should just do whatever. Still, they waited two days to announce Charlotte’s name too. Basically, I don’t think we’ll get a name until tomorrow. I still have my fingers crossed for T’Challa, Loki, Lupo, Thomas and Sebastian. But I have a feeling the name will involve Albert, Arthur, Michael, Philip and/or Edward. Think of the mustiest, most old-fashioned name and that’s what they’ll name this baby.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing, St Marys Hospital

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child - a baby boy.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. kNY says:

    I’m guessing it’ll be Thomas.

  2. Lela says:

    Some outlets were reporting that they will wait a bit longer out of respect for yesterday’s attack in Toronto. Hope all my fellow Torontonians on here are safe!
    As for the name my bet is Arthur

  3. Clare says:

    I’m guessing Leroy.


    Also, George and Sebastian are our dog’s names so….please no.

  4. Lucy says:

    George, Charlotte (Charlie?) and T’Challa.

  5. Memurs says:

    Leopold! I so want him to be named Leopold. It’s an old timey Queen Victoria’s son/uncle name, so it’s acceptable to their naming conventions.

  6. Maria says:

    I’m hoping for Phillip, after his great grandfather. It would make the old guy happy while he still alive.

  7. AideVee says:

    There have been some crazy Leopolds in history though- I think, like James, it doesn’t have the most fortunate of connotations. I’m hoping for Arthur, that’s a great name.

  8. FHMom says:

    Boohoo. I need to know that name. I hope it’s Thomas, but I’m going with Phillip. I also think Michael and Charles could be in there somewhere. Maybe Phillip Charles Michael.

  9. klutzy_girl says:

    At some point yesterday, Middleton stopped looking like a word and had to Google if I was spelling it right even though I knew I was.

    Still going with Arthur Philip Henry as the name.

    • Veronica T says:

      I haven’t had to think of a baby name in 24 years! Last Inoaid attention, Arthur, Philip, Albert, even George were very unpopular names. Have any of them they changed and are liked now?
      We do have a lot of Thomas and michaels still.

  10. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Ummm…no. T’Challa is reserved for Meghan and Harry’s firstborn.

  11. Deedee says:

    Why not Carl? Or Victor (homage to Queen Victoria)? Just call him Rex and really mess with people.

  12. Elaine says:

    Musty, you say? Fussy, perhaps? Or maybe you’d just prefer some vintage Olde English snobbery?

    Prince Peregrine Montague Algernon. The third.

    There are English dudes walking around with these names RIGHT NOW. :-)

  13. Onerous says:

    I vote for Thomas Phillip Michael (they’re just doing three names, right? Not four or five like the older royals have?).

  14. Seraphina says:

    I’m betting on Arthur.

  15. Snap Happy says:

    I think Kate could have held off on the homage to Princess Diana this time. If anyone is going to wear a similar red outfit to Diana it should be Megan. Kate got to wear the polka dot dress when presenting George and I thought that was sweet, but she could have left the red outfit to Megan. Or at least worn a red dress that wasn’t so similar to Diana’s look.

  16. Prairiegirl says:

    Alfred (Prince Freddie!) hasn’t been used in a while…

  17. Shotcaller says:

    Plantagenet Colonial Tavern Wench IV
    I kid I kid. No way that would fit on the christening certificate.

  18. Monique Barrowooo says:

    I’m going with Jack Philip Arthur

  19. wahine says:

    I like John Philip Michael.

    • Mumbles says:

      I love it too, but the family has an aversion to the name John. They’re still pissed that King John ceded so many rights to the lords, and I think the last prince John, the Queen’s uncle, was a severe epileptic with autism who died very young (watch the excellent “The Lost Prince” for an account of his remarkable life.) I had heard that Princess Diana had wanted to name Harry “John” after her father, but was denied by the family.

      I hope they go with Michael or Thomas. Classic names but they don’t appear a lot among the royals. Even Queen Elizabeth bucked tradition by naming Andrew his name.

      • wahine says:

        @Mumbles – I forgot about the queen’s uncle. I was thinking of Diana’s father. Thomas and Michael are great names but doesn’t the queen have a cousin named Prince Michael of Kent (and his heinous wife, Princess Michael of Kent)? Prince Philip’s father was named Andrew, wasn’t he? I could be wrong.

      • LAK says:

        Every John in their history has been unfortunate.

        As for that John of Magna Carter fame….some historical revision which has replaced truth. Yes he was forced to sign the document, but he had the Pope rescind it immediately and carried on as usual.

        It was ressurected during the reigns of his son and grandson who each in turn reissued it as a bargaining chip in disputes with the Barons. It became law during the reign of his grandson.

        From the royal POV, it was Henry 3 and Edward 1′s fault for the loss of so much privilege and rights, not John.

      • MizFabulous says:

        I’m betting on Michael as one of the middle names, after Kate’s father, Michael Middleton. And James or Arthur as the first name. I don’t think Charles will be anywhere in the mix, because Charlotte was named after Prince Charles.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charlotte may just as easily have been named after Carole, as they come from the same root. Charlotte is Pippa’s middle name, so she might have been named after her grandmother and aunt.

        The BRF already has James Wessex (age 10), although that might not concern them.

        My outside idea of Ian would be a way of using John without using John.

      • Liberty says:

        Lol. I thought Charles is considered a somewhat unlucky royal name. LAK?

  20. alittlesugar says:

    I think Kate’s red dress was a tribute to St. George’s day – why would it be a tribute to Diana? If Kate wanted to pay tribute (and be noticed for it) to Diana’s red dress she would have worn it when she left hospital with Charlotte in 2015, when it wasn’t St. George’s day. She wouldn’t have known then that she was going to have a third child, so she would have thought that as her ‘final’ opportunity to pay tribute to Diana in red.
    That she wore it yesterday instead minimises the Diana connection a whole lot because it was also St. George’s day.

    Regarding baby’s name – I think it’ll be something similar to Arthur Philip Michael or Arthur Philip James. Maybe even Arthur Philip Frances. Somehow I feel that Arthur Philip will be in there somewhere.
    And Pippa has been seen going to Kensington Palace just a little while ago!

    • Becks says:

      My guess is that she knew it was a boy before, so for the second son she wore it. She didn’t know Charlotte was going to be a girl (presumably. Maybe she did.)

      I don’t think it makes sense as a tribute to St George’s Day unless they knew when she would have the baby (planned induction?)

      Basically the dress as a tribute doesn’t make sense unless – and this is shocking for us CBers, I know – Kate and Will knew things about this pregnancy they weren’t sharing, lol.

      If it’s just a Diana tribute because Diana had a baby like Kate did! then that’s dumb. ha.

    • Green Girl says:

      I can totally believe that Kate purchased the dress in advance when she knew about her due date. She loves a theme for her clothing choices!

  21. Jana says:

    I just noticed from these photos of William that when he smiles, he really looks like Wallace from “Wallace and Grommit.” Has anyone else noticed that?

  22. Taxi says:

    I’m so over all the Diana homage. Enough.
    And anything but Arthur.

  23. Upstatediva says:

    I am surprised at all the clamor for James. William’s first cousin who is only TEN years old is James, Viscount Severn. (Sophie and Edward’s son). I hope that would not be the first names. Seems rude to me, given how many other names there are to choose from. If is a name of a living relative at least have the other person be at a wider age spread.

  24. Becks says:

    I think Philip and Michael will definitely be in the name somewhere. Philip is obviously the DoE ‘s name and one of Charles’s names, but I wonder if they use Michael if they wont use something like Arthur (which is part of William and Charles’s names.)

    I’m not a fan of Arthur but meh. not my kid, ha.

  25. Odesa says:

    i really like the name Frances so I hope she doesn’t steal it from me! (Or Arthur, that’s my sons name). I can get on board with Philip or Thomas. Maybe Stephen?

  26. Maria says:

    The Geneva-based reformer John Calvin made it a rule that all children should be named after an Old Testament character. Refusal to obey meant being thrown in jail. So, how about, Ezekial, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Jonah, Abraham?

  27. Digital Unicorn says:

    Thomas is doing the rounds as the first name, with Arthur Philip and James coming after. They do like their boring, safe names, so am going with this one over Arthur or Frederick.

  28. Violet says:

    I’m still running with “Philip”, not just as a gesture to the Queen’s love for her declining husband, but because Kate’s sister, Pippa, is actually named Philippa – Pippa is a nickname for Philippa. So “Philip” would honor both sides of their family, and as I’m guessing this is Kate’s last child, they might want to work everything in. The other 2-3 names will I’m thinking honor granddads (maybe both with Michael and Charles) and then add Arthur or William. I don’t see Thomas at all, somehow. We’ll see!

  29. homeslice says:

    I have a Thomas, so I’m partial, but I would be shocked if that was the name. I am voting for Phillip!

  30. Maria says:

    I’m hoping for Phillip too. And Michael and Charles fit well.

  31. Cynical Ann says:

    Arthur Philip Michael. Done. And I bet she just stays at their home versus going to her parents’. The kids are in school and I doubt she’s going to want to shake up their routine. It was one thing when she had George-but now with more space and more kids, it’s probably just way easier to be at KP or go to Amner on the weekend. (Of course her mom is staying with her to help.)

    • Michelle says:

      This is my guess too. Honors
      Both grandfathers, William (since both William and Charles have Arthur and Philip in their names) and Prince Philip plus Pippa.

    • whatever says:

      I think it could be Arthur Phillip Francis….

      Arthur = Both William and Charles have Arthur as one of their middle names, as did QE2 beloved father, King George VI.

      Philip = For Prince Philip, Philippa (Pippa) Middleton and its another one of Charles and William’s middle names.

      Francis = Both Michael Middleton and Princess Diana have Francis/Frances as middle names.

      It covers all the bases really, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they use George again as one of the middle names considering the baby was born on St George’s Day.

  32. Apple says:

    I really feel Phillip is going to be in there somewhere

  33. Carmen says:

    As long as it isn’t Humphrey, I can live with it.

  34. TyrantDestroyed says:

    I feel it could be Louis or Anthony

  35. Missmarirose says:

    What about Albert in honor of QEII’s father?

    • Violet says:

      @Missmarirose – I think they honored him with “George”, as when he ascended the throne after his brother’s abdication, Prince Albert took the name King George VI – I’m not sure why, but he did. So they’ve already covered that.

  36. Maria says:

    Do they have to have the ok from the Queen when choosing names?

  37. Maria says:

    Sarah Chatto’s second son is named Arthur. But there is no Thomas, no Phillip other than DOE.

    • LAK says:

      Philip is one of Charles’s names.

      We’ve analysed the naming of all their babies ad nauseum and somehow overlooked that all are named after Charles. If they pick either Arthur or Philip it will be a hattrick. Charles’s full name is Charles Philip Arthur George.

  38. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Loving the name speculation! In the UK would Arthur get abbreviated to “Artie” as it would here in the US?

  39. Reece says:

    Philip Michael Charles, BET!! or some form of it!
    Al the living grandfathers.
    Although I’d rather Philip or Charles be left for Harry. Then again Meghan and Harry could have Henry 2.0. :D

  40. Odesa says:

    simon Would be nice, but outside of the box for them.

  41. Citresse says:

    Arthur William Philip. The second son has father’s name right? Or it might be Albert William Michael?

  42. Kate says:

    My bet is on John for the first name.