I was not expecting Prince Louis, but I like it. I thought Albert (little Albie) or an Alfie (Prince Alfred would’ve been lovely). Even James. All three would’ve evoked England, Victoria, and the Queen’s own father, or even a tie to the baby’s uncle, James Middleton. Louis is a great choice – unexpected (at least to me) but it has a great ring to it.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share this photograph of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Duchess captured this image of Princess Charlotte with her baby brother on 2 May – Princess Charlotte's third birthday. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank members of the public for all of the kind messages they have received following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte's third birthday.
Louis as a first name is very continental with a capital C. Many princes or Dukes across Europe have been named Louis (“Lou-wee” would be the pronunciation). I like it.
Louis Arthur Charles is a nod to his father and grandfather: William’s full name is “William Arthur Philip Louis”, and Charles’s name contains “Philip Arthur George”. Arthur was the name of one of Queen Victoria’s sons, and of course, the legendary Arthur of the Roundtable.
It also evokes the memory of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Charles’s beloved uncle. It is a lovely gesture to Charles, who adored Mountbatten and referred to him as an “Honorary Grandfather”.
Congratulations to the new parents and the Royal Family!