Prince Louis almost had a different name – but the Queen stepped in to change it

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s youngest child, Prince Louis, came into the world exactly four years ago today – and his name and title are mainly due to his great-grandmother, the Queen

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It’s a very special day in the Cambridge house as Prince Louis celebrates his fourth birthday.

It was on this day, exactly four years ago in 2018, that mum Kate gave birth to her youngest son at the same hospital where she welcomed older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte .

Several days after his birth, it was revealed that Prince William and Kate would name their young son Louis Arthur Charles.

Louis is a popular name in the royal family and both William and George have it as a middle name.

It is believed to be in honor of Prince Charles’ mentor, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who died in an IRA bombing in 1979.







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Charles is a nod to little Louis’ grandfather, the Prince of Wales, who said he was delighted to have another baby in the family when he was born.

Her official title is rather grandiose and closely resembles that of George and Charlotte. He is officially known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

But his official name and title is only possible because his great-grandmother, the Queen, intervened before he was born to crush a rule put in place by his grandfather, King George V, reports the Express. .







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In 1917, he set new guidelines on which members of the royal family were allowed to have titles – and who was too far down the line to get one.

He decided that all children of the sovereign would automatically become a prince or princess, as well as all grandchildren born in the male line.

However, great-grandchildren were not on the list.

This caused a bit of a problem when George was born, because although he was our future king, he shouldn’t have had the title.







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The Queen stepped in and said George would get a title and decided to extend the change to all of Kate and William’s children.

This means that even though Charlotte and Louis, who are further down the line of succession and who will probably never sit on the throne, are also a prince and a princess.

Had the Monarch not made the switch, it is likely that Louis would have been Master Louis Cambridge or Master Louis Windsor instead.

Although he made his public debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing with his parents just hours away, Louis grew up away from the spotlight.

That’s partly because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen large-scale royal family events such as Trooping the Colour, canceled in recent years.

And that also played a part in her failure to take a major royal step – to go on an overseas tour.

Louis has yet to make a royal tour, which is mainly due to travel restrictions that were in place for much of 2020 and 2021.

His older siblings were both considerably younger than their little brother when they first toured overseas.

But who knows, maybe Louis will hit that milestone soon now that travel has reopened?

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