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William and Kate greet the world's media outside the Lindo Wing hospital in London following the birth of their third child.

Lack of sleep? Slip of the tongue?

England's Prince William lit up speculation on Wednesday when he seemed to give a hint about his newborn son's name, which has yet to be announced.

The baby prince was born on Monday and because the names of his older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were revealed two days after their births, royal watchers waited with bated breath on Wednesday. But hopes were dashed as evening fell in London without an announcement.

In his first public outing since the birth, Prince William attended an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday.

The baby — and his yet-unknown name — was on everyone's mind as people extended good wishes to the new dad.

When Australian politician Alexander Downer asked William if he had considered "Alexander," William said: "Well it's funny you should say that... It's a good name."

But then William shook hands with the next man in line, whose name was Jerry, and said, "and Jerry's a strong name."

Royal watchers were quick to point out the Prince George's middle name is Alexander, suggesting that it would be off-limits as it's already been used.

"And 'Jerry,' well ... it’s, uh, tough to imagine a Prince Jerry," wrote Vanity Fair. "But adjust your list of name predictions accordingly."

William's comment got people so excited that some bookies shut down betting on the new baby's name because new bets started rolling in for Alexander.

According to The Daily Mail, as of Wednesday afternoon, Arthur remained the odds-on favorite, followed closely by James, Alexander and Albert. Edward, Frederick and Louis remained long shots.

And as Wednesday drew to a close in London — tick, tock, tick tock — antsy Twitter users passed the time by coming up with their own baby name suggestions, some sillier than others.

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Prince William dropped Prince George off at Thomas's Battersea in London on Sept. 7, 2017. The Head of Lower School met them when they arrived and lead them to the reception classroom.

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