After much speculation over the gender of the latest Royal baby, the Duke and Duchess have become the proud parents of a son, a Prince.
Back in November 1948, the young Princess Elizabeth delivered her son, and heir. Apparently it was some time before he was named – Charles – a historical name, last bore by King Charles II whose own father (Charles I) was executed at Whitehall in 1649. Charles II had a large number of illegitimate children, but died without an heir – with the throne passing to his brother, James II and VII.
Princess Elizabeth’s choice may have been one that represented a new, fresh, start for the post-war monarchy.
So who will our Prince be?
By the time the Prince ascends the throne, we may have already had a Charles III (or as suspected, George VII), and a William V.
Will the new Prince become Edward IX? Henry IX? George VIII? Or will he tread the path of his earlier ancestry?
- Prince Richard? – embracing the current popularity and interest seen for Richard III?
- Prince Albert? – an affectionate reference to Queen Victoria’s consort?
- Prince Leopold? – Victoria’s youngest son?
- Prince Arthur? – a name steeped in myths, but also used in both Princes William and Charles’ names.
Further back – Saxon, Scottish, and French Kings
- Prince Duncan? – Scottish King Duncan II died in 1094.
- Prince Athelstan? – there has only been one King Athelstan, and he died in 939.
- Prince Cnut? – King Cnut died in 1035
- Prince David? – King David II was the last, dying in 1371.
- Prince Edmund? – King Edmund II (Ironside) was the last, dying in 1016, reigning for just 7 months. This name would perhaps be blighted too, by Prince Edmund, the Blackadder – a popularly unpopular TV character.
- Prince Robert? – the last King Robert was Robert III who died in 1406
- Prince Louis? – whilst Louis features in William name, the last King Louis was the French King Louis, who spent a period ruling over about half of England, but he conceded the throne in 1217.
- Prince John? – there has only been one King John.
I’m guessing that we’ll see a Prince Frederick or ‘Freddie’, or perhaps Prince Arthur.
We’ve already seen signs that Prince William likes to tread new ground, so we might even get a brand new name. According to James Brighton at BabyNames.co.uk, the top 5 boys names in the UK in 2013 are (in order): Noah, Oscar, Oliver, Isaac, and Jacob.
We’ll have to wait and see….