Britain's William and Kate keep world waiting for baby's name

Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:05pm EDT
 
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By Peter Griffiths

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate kept the world guessing about the name of their first child as they left hospital to start family life with the future king.

"We are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can," William told reporters outside St Mary's Hospital in London on Tuesday. "It is the first time we have seen him really, so we are having a proper chance to catch up."

George, James, Alexander and Louis are the bookmakers' favorites for the youngest royal, third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and William.

The royal couple gave the world its first sight of their baby when they emerged from hospital to cheers from well-wishers and a barrage of camera flashes.

A beaming Kate posed for pictures before handing her son to William who joked that the baby had more hair than him and had inherited his wife's good looks.

The birth gave a further boost to the royal family after the celebration last year of Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne and the marriage of Kate and William in 2011.

The monarchy's popularity sank to a low in the 1990s after a string of divorces and the death of William's mother, Diana. Elizabeth was criticized for her response to her death. The Guardian newspaper described the turnaround as "an incredible recovery".

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning