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Here's what Prince William and Kate Middleton might name their next child

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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their third child.
  • The royal family usually looks to the family tree for naming inspiration.
  • For a girl, likely names are "Alice" and "Eleanor."
  • For a boy, "James," "Albert," and "Arthur" are strong contenders.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their third child, and bets are on as to what the baby will be named.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter told INSIDER that while there's no set protocol for naming royal babies, the royal family is very traditional, and will probably look to the family tree for inspiration.

"With this baby there's a little bit more freedom, because this baby is that much more removed from ever being a possible king or queen, but I still think they'll stay close to home," she said. 

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They've already paid tribute to loved ones in naming Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Prince George's full name is George Alexander Louis: "George" for the Queen's father King George VI, and "Alexander" for the Queen's middle name (Alexandra).

For his younger sister, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, "Charlotte" is a feminization of "Charles" for Prince Charles as well as Pippa Middleton's middle name, "Elizabeth" is after Queen Elizabeth, and "Diana" is in memory of Prince William's mother, Princess Diana.

So what names are left for them to use?

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For a girl, "Alice" and "Eleanor" are likely choices.

"It's possible we'll see 'Alice' for a girl, as Alice was Prince Phillip's mother and I think they would like to pay tribute to Prince Phillip in some way, so Alice is definitely a possibility for a girl," said Arbiter. "[Another possibility is] 'Eleanor,' after Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was an incredibly strong historic figure, a strong woman, so that's got good connotations to it."

For a boy, "James," "Albert," and "Arthur" are strong contenders.

"'James' is after Kate's brother, and there were also two kings of Scotland named James," said Arbiter. "'Albert' is a possibility; that was George VI's real first name, and Queen Victoria's husband was an Albert. But I think Albert is still a little old-fashioned, so my guess would more likely go towards 'Arthur,' which is Prince William's middle name. And, course, the legends of King Arthur have a wonderful mystique around them."

Whatever name they choose, they'll want to balance tradition with baby naming trends.

"You want a traditional name, but you don't want your kid to be tortured in school for having a silly name," said Arbiter. "I think they'll take all of that in mind."

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