From Louis to Archie, the birth of a baby in the British royal family has always sparked intense speculation about his name. In fact, bookmakers even bet on real baby names.
There is a lot of thought going into choosing a child’s name, but in the case of UK royalty, the process also involves adhering to a few rules. Here are some of them:
Real babies have no last name
The children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, do not bear an official last name, although they use Cambridge when necessary, in honor of their parents’ assigned duchy. However, there are some exceptions: Meghan and Prince Harry’s son Archie was given the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
Real parents choose at least three names
Prince William is known to have four names, reports Independent, while the children of the Duchess of Cambridge have three names each. Princess Eugenie also gave her son three names: August Philip Hawke.
Names allowed further down the line of succession
It is not unknown that many members of the royal family share names: 12 royal babies are reported to have been named Albert since the birth of Queen Victoria in 1819, while nine are known to have been named Victoria over the past two centuries.
The further down the line, the more acceptable it is for a royal to give your baby a unique name, Carolyn Harris, a history professor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and author of Rise of royalty: 1,000 years of royal upbringingwhat reported as said by Independent.
The approval of the queen is not required, but must be informed in advance.
Members of the royal family are expected to share their son’s name with Queen Elizabeth II before announcing it. However, this is a “more casual conversation”, as noted by royal commentator Kate Williams. “Of course they have so much respect for the Queen that if she says ‘I really don’t like that name,’ they would definitely take it into account,” he said.
The queen grants titles
It is up to the monarch to grant a title to the child if he so chooses. Meghan Markle had recently claimed in her controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey how her son Archie was denied a royal title.