The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William welcomed a bouncing baby boy on Monday morning and now the royal duo have announced that their little bundle of joy was given the royal moniker, George Alexander Louis. For short, he'll go by Prince George or His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
But what is little George's last name?
This is a tricky topic with British royalty. Let's delve in …
Royal House Names
Royal family members are known by the name of their "house." This "house" runs as long as the line of succession stays within one family. When a rival faction takes the throne, or when succession passes to a different family branch through a female, a new "house" name rules. Examples of well-known British royal houses are the Tudors (remember King Henry VIII and his six wives?) and the Stuarts (King James).
British Royal Family Surnames
Up until 1917, members of the British royal family didn't have last names (or surnames). They were identified only by the name of their royal line or "house." But in 1917, the reigning royal house was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. This name was not popular given anti-German sentiment following World War I, so reigning King George V decided to change the house name to Windsor. He also decided that the royals would use Windsor as their surname. This had no connection to Windsor Castle, one of the family's homes.
Queen Elizabeth Makes a Change
In 1960, current Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, decided they wanted to differentiate their branch of the family from the other British royals. They changed their surname to Mountbatten-Windsor. This was a way to honor Prince Philip's heritage, as Mountbatten had been his surname prior to marrying Elizabeth.
So, Prince George's full name will be George Alexander Louis Mountbatten-Windsor. Let's hope he's a bright child, because that's a long name to write!
What About Cambridge?
While William and Kate go by the name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it won't be the baby's last name. Technically, Cambridge is not the couple's - nor the baby's - last name. Instead it is a designated royal title given to William and Kate as an honor on their wedding day. Did the Queen make up the Cambridge title? No; it's been used as a royal title since the 1660s, although it became extinct in 1904.The last name for William, Kate, and the baby continues to be Mountbatten-Windsor - although you'll rarely see or hear it used.
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