July 24th, 2013
We know now! He’s here, and he’s named. As predicted, the future king of England is GEORGE!!! (I really cried it from the hilltops too — whew). His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
Just as YCCII arrived at George by process of elimination, so too did the royal parents, I imagine. It is the name of many kings, and most recently belonged to Queen Elizabeth’s father. Alexander, which for some reason was calling to me yesterday, honors the queen in the best way they could. It’s after her second middle name, Alexandra. Louis is slightly more of a surprise. There are many names that could have taken precedence: Philip after Wills’ grandfather, Charles after Wills’ dad and next sovereign, Michael after Kate’s father, Francis, after Diana’s middle and Michael’s middle, and so on. Louis is likely after Louis Mountbatten, Philip’s uncle who featured prominently in his upbringing and died in an IRA attack in 1979. It is also William’s third middle name. His full moniker is William Arthur Philip Louis.
Is anyone surprised? They straddled tradition and modernity: George is as regal as it gets, Alexander is somewhat more pedestrian but recalls voyagers like Alexander the Great. Louis is worldly, regal, and slightly exotic.
Expect a rise in the name George on both sides of the pond.
The biggest surprise to this name nerd is why on Earth did they not seize the opportunity to use at least four names?