Duchess Of Cambridge: Public May Have To Wait Weeks To Learn Royal Baby Name

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The public may have to wait over a week to find out what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have called their baby when it arrives later this summer. While an announcement that the third in the line to the throne will be made soon after the birth, with the sex, weight and time of arrival confirmed, the name may take a while longer to be revealed.

It was revealed last week that sticking to tradition, a notice will be put up at Buckingham Palace annoucing the baby's arrival, with a second one to follow to confirm the baby's name.

Kate and Wills admitted earlier this year they'd had a short list of names, but were struggling to cut it down so it could be a repeat of when Prince William arrived and his parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales took 10 days to announce the name they'd chosen.

Speaking in April during a trip to Glasgow the Duchess told reporters: "We have a shortlist for both [boys and girls names] but it's very difficult."

According to royal aides at St James' Palace the couple are waiting until the birth to find out the sex of their baby, which means deciding on a definite name will have to wait until the baby arrives.

Currently the favourites for a girl are Alexandra and Elizabeth, with Diana and Charlotte also popular choices. For a boy, George and Charles have been front runners from the start, though Phillip is another possible moniker for the tot.

It's not just the first name that could be causing the couple a headache, according to the BBC the couple also have a choice of three possible last names. The baby will have the title HRH Prince or Princess from birth, according to the BBC, so a last name may not be required.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana with new born baby William in 1982 (Splash News)

However, Prince William uses the name of his royal house 'Wales' for his surname in the military, which means this could be passed on or the couple could use their title, Cambridge for the youngster. Or the descendants of the Queen and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh have the choice to use Mountbatten-Windsor, which is a combination of the couple's surnames.

But when will the name be revealed? It could be Prince William himself who according to a royal spokesperson is likely to address the press following the baby's birth.

"While it is a deeply personal and private event, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge realise this is a time of national celebration and that there will be vast interest in the baby. They realise many people will want to share in their happiness," they told the MailOnline.

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