Prince William jokingly told newborn Louis could have future career on railways

Prince William left wife Kate and newborn Louis at home as he returned to work from his paternity leave to re-open a flagship London railway station.

And the father-of-three was jokingly told Louis might one day have a career on the railways.

The Duke of Cambridge helped relaunch London Bridge Station following a five-year rebuild which has created a huge concourse for passengers.

He was given a present for his growing family – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the newborn – a book about Southwark Cathedral’s cat.

The duke arrived by train from Blackfriars Station on a new Class 700 Thameslink service, taken from a depot to carry the royal, and was greeted on platform four by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail which carried out the redevelopment, began by mentioning the birth of Louis on St George’s Day – April 23.

He said: "On behalf of everyone on Britain’s railways I’d like to congratulate you and the Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of Prince Louis.

"I know that the royal family have always been tremendous supporters and users of the railway and I hope that Prince Louis will perhaps have a flourishing career as a railway engineer.

"I am immensely proud that we brought this wonderful station into service on the very day we said we would, more than five years ago.

"This station has been rebuilt from the Victorian foundations upwards, the team of engineers that achieved this had to carry out this huge project whilst still providing a service for 48 million people who use this station every year."

Prince Louis, whose name pays tribute to the Prince of Wales’ beloved great-uncle Louis Mountbatten, was born in the exclusive Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

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