Royal Baby Louis Was Not Meant To Be A Prince At All

But his great grandmother The Queen sorted it

What you need to know
  • Century-old rule meant that the royal baby was not meant to be a prince
  • Prince Louis's great grandmother The Queen intervened
  • Prince Louis Arthur is the third child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third baby into the world on Monday April 23. The couple followed tradition and announced the boy's name four days later and the world celebrated the official arrival of Prince Louis Arthur Charles.

What we didn't realise is that for a brief period of time Prince Louis was set to be regular old Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor and not a prince at all. Prince Louis of Cambridge, as he is to be officially known, landed the title only because his great grandmother The Queen overturned a century-old rule that saw all HRH titles limited to just the Monarch, their children, grandchildren and the Prince of Wales’s first grandson.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. Image: Getty.

Under that rule, which was instigated in 1917, baby George would have snaffled the title of Prince, but his baby sister Charlotte would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and new baby Louis would have been Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor. However, The Queen stepped in and sorted that situation right out. And Prince Louis it is.

The baby boy was presented to the world just hours after he was born with his proud parents standing on the stairs of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. However, we waited a full four days to learn his name.

Bookies had listed the names Albert and Arthur as front runners. But now his name is official and so is his title. So we're just waiting to get another glimpse of his darling face.

Baby Prince Louis - snug as a bug and with a royal title too. Image: Getty.

Word is he may may make an appearance at the upcoming nuptials of his uncle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And if he does we'll know exactly what to call him.