Royal Baby Name Covers All Bases: George Alexander Louis
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, have named their son George Alexander Louis. The royal couple welcomed the newest member of the British Monarchy into the world on Monday.
Clarence House, the official residence of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, tweeted that "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis."
The boy's full title will be His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. The last royal named George was the Queen's father, King George VI, who took the U.K. throne in 1936 following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, due to his marriage to an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. George ruled through World War II. The King died in 1952 of lung cancer. The child also shares a name with his father, Prince William or, William Arthur Philip Louis.
The royal family does not normally take a last name. Before 1917, royals used the name of their house of dynasty. George V declared that all male and unmarried female descendants of Queen Victoria will hold the surname Windsor. In 1960, it was decided that all descendants not referred to as Prince/Princess or Royal Highness would have Mountbatten-Windsor as a last name. Prince Philip of Greece took the name Philip Mountbattan when naturalized and enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1947.
-- Written by Robert Arenella in New York
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