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July 24th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Royal baby name: The history behind George Alexander Louis

(CNN) - The world finally knows how to address the latest addition to the British royal family: HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

The baby boy is third in line to the throne, after grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William. When he becomes king he will be known as

George VII. Here's some of the history behind those three names:

George

"George" - the front-runner before the announcement, according to many UK bookmakers - was the name of Queen Elizabeth's father, George VI, who reigned from 1936 until his death in 1952. He assumed the throne on the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. His life was depicted in the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech."

George I, born in Germany, became king in 1714. He was followed by a line of kings with the same name, including George III, who was known for his bouts of insanity.

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