George Alexander Louis: Where the Prince got his names

King George VI pictured with Prince Charles on his third birthday in November 1951. Credit: PA/PA Archive

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:


  • 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


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


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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