Name Given to Queen's New Grandson

James Alexander Philip Theo is the name the Earl and Countess of Wessex have given to their newly born baby son.

Baby James was born with a weight of 6lbs. 2oz after a caesarean section at 4.20pm in a private suite at the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey on the 19th December.  Maurice Setchell, the Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Queen carried out the operation along with a medical team of seven.

Prince Edward was present at the birth and, speaking afterwards, said it had been "a lot calmer than last time" and that his wife was "doing very well".

He also said he was relieved, and added that his son was "like most babies, rather small, very cute and very cuddly".

The baby who is now eighth in line to the throne is also the eighth grandchild to the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

He is the first male grandchild to be born to the Queen and Prince Phillip for 23 years – the last being Prince Harry who was born 23 years ago.

Names chosen for the latest royal have heritage connections.  James being from Kings’ James I and II and is also a favourite of the couple, as is Alexander.  Philip is after the baby’s paternal grandfather and Theo was the baby’s maternal great-grandfather.

As Edward and Sophie’s eldest son, his title will be Viscount Severn or Lord Severn.  His full surname will be Mountbatten-Windsor but he will only use Windsor.

In a statement, the Palace said: "The Queen and Mr Christopher Rhys-Jones (Sophie’s father) have been consulted and are content."

The naming of their son has been made public far quicker than the announcement of their daughter Lady Louise Windsor when she was born four years ago in 2003 and who is now ninth in line the throne.  The name was not revealed for almost 2 weeks.

James' Sister Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise Windsor was born at the same hospital as her new baby brother when the Countess of Wessex went into labour premature one month before her daughter’s due date.

The Countess underwent a major medical emergency after collapsing with severe stomach pains.  Both mother and child were in danger of losing their lives throughout the three hour operation and during the traumatic delivery Sophie lost nine pints of blood.

Mother and daughter were separated for one week after the 4lbs. 9oz baby girl was immediately transferred to a specialist baby unit at the private Portland Hospital in London.

Her Royal Highness had to be airlifted in 2001 after suffering a life-threatening six week ectopic pregnancy.  She collapsed in agony at the couple’s home. The Countess suffered blood loss and had to spend four days in hospital after undergoing a three hour operation.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones met at a tennis event in the summer of 1993, married 6 years later at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in June 1999 and are now the proud parents of a son and daughter.