How To Name A Royal Baby
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  • bigfire

    Louis is named after Prince Charles’ great uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and a Naval war hero from WWII. Lord Mountbatten was also the man who introduced his nephew Prince Philip of Greece to a young Elizabeth, and was a favor uncle figure to Charles.

  • f1b0nacc1

    I was hoping for Phillip

    • M. Thompson

      Ain’t gonna happen. The last time was Mary’s King Consort who was Spanish.

  • Boritz

    It’s interesting that even though George III lost the colonies the name is not tainted and there have been three and now potentially a fourth George on the throne since that one. On the other hand Harold II lost to the French and that has not yet been forgiven.

    • tarentius

      Harold II lost his very shaky claim on the throne of England to William of Normandy, not the French. The Vikings and other Norse settled what became Normandy about 150 years before William invaded England. William and his warriors did not consider themselves French, but Norman.
      The Windsors, who so named themselves during the First World War because of their German roots, have produced a rather mediocre line of kings and queens.

  • diane

    Alfred? But Alfred would be a hard act to follow; who would want to risk “Alfred the not-as-Great”?

    If a commoner’s name could be selected, Winston would be a good choice.

  • Hugh

    British monarchs choose their titles once the ascend to the throne. Charles will not automatically become King Charles. He, apparently, intends to become King George.

    • Andrew Allison

      That practice stopped, at least temporarily, with Elizabeth II who, when asked what name she would take replied, “Why, my own of course!” Charles, if he ever ascends to the throne (by no means certain), will have the option of changing his name but, having been around for as long as he has, seems unlikely to do so.

  • wigwag

    I knew that Richard wasn’t an option, by why not “Arthur?”

    • Nick Bidler

      This was my first thought as well, but then I thought further; it would certainly encourage millennial thinking. The End Times (or Britain’s Greatest Hour of Need) are upon us, as evidenced by the return of King Arthur.

  • Corlyss

    “Windsors go back to Edward”

    I bet right now they never go back to that. Elizabeth still blames her lazy, self-centered, sex-besotted uncle for the death of her father. By forcing him to take the throne for which he had not been groomed and which had so much stress associated with it, so the charge goes, Edward shortened the nervous and anxious Bertie’s life considerably. One has to concede, however, that of the two, Bertie was by far the more appealing personality to stand with the Brits amid the ruins and fight the hated Hun.

  • Kavanna

    Don’t you mean George II? He was a fine king, although the highland Scots don’t like him for putting down the 1745 rebellion. George III was stubborn and eventually semi-insane, besides losing his American colonies.

    Of course, the Windsors produced some embarrassments. Then again, they produced Victoria.

  • USNK2

    The birth of George Alexander Louis was the most positive news of the week. Congratulations to the family.

    I think George is a fine choice, with Greek etymology meaning farmer, a nice aspect.

    I do hope the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Pride and Prejudice” coming in January, 2014, will not produce any backlash, what with George (alas) being the name of the most odious of all of Austen’s male characters, George Wickham.

    As to Mr. Mead’s “We don’t want or need royals here in the US,”, sometimes I wonder if the American experiment would have been a Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy at a different moment in history.

    The duties of Head of State are significant, a fulltime job, which the USA has yet to figure out with our “Presidency”. There are always risks with hereditary monarchies, but it sure keeps a nation from having a never-ending election campaign cycle.

    Two other congratulations go to:

    1) Range Rover, and

    2) Queen Elizabeth II, not least for her role in transforming an imperial over-power into the British Commonwealth of Nations.

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