Why Did the Royal Couple Choose the Name Louis Arthur?

Prince William and Kate Middleton have Chosen a Name for Their New Prince!

Prince William, 35, and Kate Middleton, 36, kept the name they chose for their newest prince from the world for four days after his arrival on April 23. The world waited patiently for the moniker release leaving Royalists and bookmakers speculating what the Royal couple would name their newest son.

On Friday the palace released a statement, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”

More than 100,000 bets were placed in the UK and among the front-runners were Albert and Arthur. Louis was an unlikely bet, the name taking tenth place with bookies but the underdog won.

Louis which is pronounced “LU-EE,” means in French “renowned warrior.” The name is a likely tribute to Prince Charles’ great uncle and mentor Lord Mountbatten that was killed by the IRA when a bomb was placed in his fishing boat in 1979.

Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma – Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The name Louis also holds a special meaning for Prince Phillip whose grandfather was named Prince Louis Alexander of Battenburg. Louis is also part of William’s full name William Arthur Phillip Louis.

The middle names chosen for Louis are tributes to some of the great men in the family tree. Charles is the most obvious in honor of the baby’s grandfather Prince Charles. Arthur is part of a great family tradition.

Both Louis’s father William and grandfather Charles have the name as one of their middle names. Arthur was also the namesake of one of Queen Victoria’s son and was said to of been her favorite.

Big brother George also shares the name Louis with his new sibling. The four-year-olds full name given to him at birth is George Alexander Louis. The two brothers will both carry history and tradition in their namesakes.

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