Damn, for a while there, we were kind of hoping Spencer would somehow make its way into the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s youngest son’s name. But not this time! Guess we might have to wait until Harry and Meghan decide to have a family. Because Will and Kate went traditional. Super-traditional. And, more importantly, it isn’t that supposed accidentally leaked name, which means no one was fired yesterday. That’s right, no Albert here. Instead, may we introduce Louis Arthur Charles.
Officially he’ll be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge but for now, it’s just Louis (pronounced like C.K., not Daniel Day). Kensington Palace revealed the news on all their social media platforms, and bookmakers everywhere were sulking in their morning tea since the frontrunners — Arthur, James and the aforementioned Albert — were wrong. And the other popular choices — Thomas, Henry, Frederick and Philip didn’t fare well either. But, hey, they were kinda sorta right, if we’re being honest. The combinations just didn’t match. Instead, the Cambridges surprised us all, which, in itself, might be the most surprising thing of all.
While George and Charlotte‘s name announcements came two days after their respective births, Louis’ comes four days post, just to keep us on our toes. But despite the delay, all in all, the reveal was still fairly quick. It took Charles and Diana a whole seven days to let the world know their son would be called William Arthur Philip Louis. And it took even longer for Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to figure out Charles’ name in its entirety, as Charles Philip Arthur George wasn’t revealed for an entire month. Can you imagine? Torture!
So it’s clear the royals have a thing for Louis. And Arthur. And Charles. Part of it is likely a tribute to his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, whose own grandfather was Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg. But even closer to home, Louis isn’t just part of William’s name but also big brother George’s (George Alexander Louis).
The rest of Louis’ name also holds special meaning. There’s Charles, obviously, but Arthur is a royal family tradition as all the prominent males have it in some form. It’s also widely believed that Queen Victoria‘s son, Arthur, was her favourite so, really, it’s a win-win.
Louis Arthur Charles. It’s strong, authoritative and classic. We approve!