On Friday, the name of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third son, who was born four days ago, was officially revealed. Louis Arthur Charles is not fifth in line for the British throne, the first royal baby born after the 2013 change in the law that made the birth order primordial over gender. So, Prince Louis will follow his older sister, Charlotte (2), in line for the throne, instead of displacing her. According to an official announcement from Kensington Palace, the new baby will be formally known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
His father, Prince William, also has the name Louis as a middle name. His older son, Prince George, also does too. As for Arthur, this was one of the middle name of the Queen’s father, King George VI. With the recent birth of Prince Louis, Prince Harry has become sixth in line for the throne. Any children that he might have with his future wife, Meghan Markle, whom he will marry next month, will follow him in the line of succession.
Name of the third royal baby revealed
Interestingly enough, all the other choice of names of William and Kate’s other two children originate in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are also a combination of family obligations, tradition, and personal preference. For example, Princess Charlotte is also called Diana, an homage for William and Harry’s late mother.
According to Christian Turner, global director of naming at the firm Siegel+Gal, the royal family is looking to get close to the public by naming their children like they would if they weren’t part of the royal family. Names like George and Charlotte, while also being of tradition in the royal family, have also become popular among the population over the recent years. On Monday, a few hours after giving birth, Kate presented their third baby to the crowd waiting outside the hospital.