Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their son into the world a week ago and fans of the royals waited with bated breath to find out the name of the young prince.
The Duke and Duchess revealed their baby boy’s name last Friday, much to fans delight. Kensington Palace issued a statement on behalf of the doting parents which read:
“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.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018
The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ
The public was pleasantly surprised by the name, especially since Arthur was leading the odds at the bookies.
The name represents three key figures of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince George whose middle name is Louis.
The name also honours Prince Charles’ dear great-uncle Louis Mountbatten, who he was incredibly close to as a child.
Many people have commented on the name, saying that it is a lovely nod to Prince Charles’ late great-uncle, who was killed by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.
Louis is a strong family name, which is one of the things Kate and Will had to consider when picking a name for their son.
“When you choose a name for a royal baby there's the personal [preference]; there's the link with the royals past and present, but also you think about the public," says BBC’s royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.
He added that family links are tremendously important, “You want a name that resonates, a name that's got family links and is popular.”
The name Louis is steeped in family history, and we’re sure Prince Charles is thrilled that Kate and William chose to honour his great-uncle.
Louis also means “renowned” and "famous in battle”, a truly perfect name for the prince.