The birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s third child will be met with a lot of pomp and circumstance, as is tradition. One of the most anticipated moments is the announcement of the little one’s name and official royal title — which, according to reports, will be very long and very regal.
For reference, when William was born, he received the title of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales. Upon his marriage back in 2011, he became His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, His Royal Highness The Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus. When Middleton married into the royal family, her full title became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, and Lady Carrickfergus. (If that sounds confusing, you should also know that both of their titles will change once William becomes king.)
When it comes to their little ones, Prince George’s full name is George Alexander Louis, and his title is His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
As for the new baby, we don’t know yet what name the royal parents will choose, but according to Town & Country, the child’s *official* title will be either His Royal Highness Prince [Name] of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Her Royal Highness Princess [Name] of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
If you’re wondering why that doesn’t sound like the titles that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have, it’s because “royal children are ‘styled’ differently if they are the children of a royal duke,” royal historian Marlene Koenig told Town & Country. So the little one may go by a title that differs from their official title, such as His/Her Royal Highness Prince/Princess [Name] of Cambridge.
In any case, we can’t wait for the newest royal to make their big debut sometime next month.
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