THE name of the new royal baby is a reflection of his parents’ deepest passions, it has been confirmed.
Prince George of Cambridge takes his first name from Prince William’s favourite musician, the beloved 1930s entertainer George Formby.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “As a keen ukelele-banjo player His Royal Highness regards Formby as a god. He watches his films and listens to his recordings until the early hours of the morning, memorising the words and studying Formby’s mannerisms.
“At formal dinner parties he will perform his steadily improving Formby impersonation and is keen for the entertainer’s life and work to form a central part of the school curriculum.”
The baby is also named after Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell to reflect his parents shared amazement at the existence of the telephone.
The spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess still cannot believe telephones are real. Every time either of them finishes a call they put down the phone, shake their heads and say ‘how on earth did that happen?’.
“When the first smartphone appeared on the market, they both fainted. The Duchess believes Alexander Graham Bell was an extra-terrestrial.”
The baby’s third name, Louis, was chosen because his parents are both huge fans of the American character actor Louis Gossett Jnr.
The spokesman added: “But not for his Oscar winning turn in An Officer and a Gentleman, which they regard as hackneyed. They prefer his performance in Jaws 3-D, which they describe as ‘Battleship Potemkin, but with sharks’.
“The Duke says it could only have been improved if it had a soundtrack by George Formby.”