Prince George was almost given another name by Kate Middleton

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Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge - Getty Images
Photo credit: The Duchess of Cambridge - Getty Images

Prince George turns eight on 22nd July, and ahead of this milestone, a royal expert has revealed that the eldest Cambridge child almost had a totally different name.

It turns out that, apparently, Kate Middleton had a different name in mind for her oldest son but changed her mind and settled on George as the name of the future King.

The Duchess of Cambridge had her 'heart set on' another name for her first child with Prince William, though they had not decided for sure.

Katie Nicholl, an expert on the royal family, has said Kate was going to call her son Alexander, according to Vanity Fair, although they chose not to find out the sex of their baby before the birth.

Ms Nicholl explains: 'Courtiers insisted the pair had not found out the sex of their unborn baby, and friends close to the couple claim William wanted a surprise.

'Although Kate apparently suspected it was a boy and had set her heart on the name Alexander, they had not yet decided what to call their firstborn.'

However, we now know that they changed their mind and settled on George instead, a name believed to be a tribute to the Queen's father, George VI. Although Alexander is still Prince George’s middle name.

Ms Nichol adds that during her pregnancy the Duchess referred to George as 'our little grape' and that she had a hunch she was carrying a boy – because he kicked so much.

'When I saw William a few weeks before the birth he said they didn’t know [the baby’s sex] and didn’t want to find out,' a friend of the couple is quoted as saying.

We love the name George and can't wait to see how the Cambridge family will be celebrating his 8th birthday — fingers crossed we are treated to one of Kate Middleton's own snaps from the family archives again.

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