This week we finally got to meet the newest member of our royal family – little baby Louis.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child was a happy and healthy little boy weighing 8oz 7lb, and he’s already won the nation’s hearts.
The new arrival’s full title is His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge – very catchy.
But he wasn’t actually meant to be a prince at all, and he only has the title because his granny stepped in and changed the rules.
Back in 1917 George V decided HRH titles should be limited. He ruled that only the monarch, their children, grandchildren and the Prince of Wales’s first grandson could have official titles.
Under the old rules, we would have had Prince George but his younger siblings would have had different titles.
Charlotte would probably have been Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and new baby Louis would have been Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor. Catchy.
If Kate’s first child was a girl she wouldn’t have been a princess.
But before George was born his grandmother stepped in to ensure her great grandchild had titles suitable for a future monarch.
Just before Prince George was born the Queen issued a Letters Patent, a legal procedure which enables her to make a change without it going through Parliament, on the subject.
A notice published in the London Gazette stated: "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."
The announcement was made in 2013 on Kate’s 31st birthday when she was pregnant with Prince Geroge.
This means all of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children can be prince and princesses, including the newest addition to the family Prince Louis.
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