The question on everyone’s lips today is what will Kate Middleton and Prince William name the new royal baby. Since his arrival last night, the world is eagerly awaiting to hear what the newest addition to the royal family will be called.
Princess Charlotte was named as a nod to her grandfather, the Prince of Wales, with Charlotte being the feminine version of Charles. Charlotte is also the middle name of Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa. It’s no secret that the young Princess’s middle name, Diana, is a connection to Prince William’s mother.
Prince George was named after his great-great-grandfather, King George VI – the Queen’s father. It is also a nod to Prince Charles, as one of his middle names is George. The name George has a long royal history, first used in 1280 by George I of Bulgaria.
According to the bookmakers, Albert and Arthur have emerged as the favourite names for the new prince, followed by Frederick, Henry and James. We take a look at the top 3 names in the running for the prince and the historical relevance behind them:
Albert – Albert is the name of the current Queen’s great-great-grandfather and Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, Prince Consort. It is also one of Queen Elizabeth II’s father’s names and has a long history in the royal family.
Arthur – a very popular contender, Arthur is a name steeped in royal history and a nod to the Queen’s father King George VI, whose full name is Albert Frederick Arthur George. It is also the name of one of King George VI’s grandsons, born in 1999 to Lady Sarah Chatto.
Frederick – Frederick is a popular name with royal families around the world. Again, it would be a tribute to the Queen’s father, and her uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, whose full name is Henry William Frederick Albert. The name also has a rich history with the British royal family. Lord Frederick Windsor, the only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, is probably the best known living royal with the name Frederick.