Prince William and Kate Middleton have revealed the name they’ve chosen for their baby boy. The official message posted by the palace authorities were: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” Kensington Palace said in a statement Friday.
“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” Louis (pronounced “LU-EE”) means “renowned warrior” in French, and is likely a tribute to Prince Phillip, whose grandfather was Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg.
Louis is also part of Prince William’s full name of William Arthur Philip Louis and Prince George’s full name of George Alexander Louis. The royal baby’s middle names of Charles and Arthur also have a special meaning. Charles, of course, is in honor of the baby boy’s grandfather, Prince Charles.
Prince William and Kate Middleton had several treasured royal family names to choose from when it came to selecting a name for their new son. But Louis — although a traditional name — wasn’t the obvious choice, as it’s big brother Prince George’s middle name.
Arthur is also a royal family tradition. Both dad William and grandfather Charles have it as a middle name. Arthur was also the name of Queen Victoria’s third son (and seventh child) and was said to be her favorite child.