The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge decided to name their son:
His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.
The Prince will be known as Prince Louis of Cambridge.
Louis is an unexpected choice, because it’s also one of the middle names of prince George. It maybe a reference to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the uncle of The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip), and a mentor to the Prince of Wales. He was killed in an IRA attack in 1979. Louis is one of the Duke of Cambridge’s names. Arthur is a Royal favourite, and also one of the Duke of Cambridge’s names. Charles is obviously a nod to the prince’s grandfather, the Prince of Wales.
For people wanting to know how the name should be pronounced: ‘Lou-ee‘ is the right one, not ‘Lou-is‘.
Many expected the name to be released on Wednesday, because the names of prince George and princess Charlotte were announced two days after their births in respectively 2013 and 2015. It is not known why it took the couple a day longer this time around. However, both royal reporters and fans have been speculating about yesterday being Anzac Day and the Prince of Wales not having met his grandson yet, since he had many Royal engagements both in the UK and abroad over the past few days.
The Prince’s brother and sister have three names as well: George Alexander Louis and Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
The Duke joined prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle at the Anzac Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday. When being asked how the Duchess and the baby were, the Duke replied: ‘They’re very well thanks.’ He said they are ‘in good form, luckily’, and added: ‘Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself, which is good news.’
The family of five had several visitors over the last couple of days, including:
- Carole Middleton, the Duchess’ mother (who also did the school run and picked up prince George)
- Pippa Matthews (née Middleton), the Duchess’ sister
- James Middleton, the Duchess’ brother
- Princess Eugenie of York
It is possible that there were more visitors, who weren’t spotted or photographed by the media on arrival/departure. We can be certain that prince Harry and Meghan have visited their newborn nephew, but since they live on the grounds of Kensington Palace, we will never see them arrive or leave the Cambridge’s appartment. In 2013 and 2015 we saw the Duke and Duchess with their family leave Kensington Palace a few days after the birth, to spend some private time elsewhere. However, it it thought that they’ll stay at Kensington Palace this time around since Prince George and Princess Charlotte have to go to school/nursery.