George Alexander Louis: Where the Prince got his names

The latest addition to the royal family has been named HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

There has been a lot of speculation as to where the names have come from - here are some of the theories:

George

King George VI pictured with Prince Charles on his third birthday in November 1951.
King George VI pictured with Prince Charles on his third birthday in November 1951. Credit: PA/PA Archive
  • The Queen's father reigned as George VI, although his given name was Albert
  • The fourth name of the baby's grandfather, Prince Charles, is George
  • George features the most among male descendants, including middle names
  • The first King George was the first Hanoverian King of Great Britain

Alexander

The Queen's second given name is Alexandra, the female equivalent of Alexander.
The Queen's second given name is Alexandra, the female equivalent of Alexander. Credit: PA/PA Archive
  • The Queen's second name is Alexandra - the female equivalent
  • There have been three medieval Scottish Kings named Alexander
  • It could be a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Greek) side of the family
  • Alexander the Great is the most famous of the King Alexanders

Louis

Lord Louis Mountbatten with Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Princess Anne in 1962.
Lord Louis Mountbatten with Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Princess Anne in 1962. Credit: PA/PA Archive
  • Widely believed to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle
  • Prince William's fourth given name is Louis

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