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Royal Family Names and Titles Fun Facts

Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

Three generations of royals

Three generations of royals

The British Royal Family is constantly in the news. That's because there is always something interesting going on with the family members. Over the years, the public has gotten to know something about them including their real names and titles.

Royal names have a lot of meaning and much thought is given to them. Unlike celebrities, they will never have an approved name like Apple, Kulture, Sir, Blue Ivy, Sparrow, True, North, Saint, Chicago or Stormi like the names of celebrities' kids in the United States today. A royal name would never be the name of something edible, an object, a color, or any such thing.

Length of Name

When a baby is born into the royal family, he or she is given a very long name. People who aren't royals have only a first name, a middle name and a last name. That goes for folks who have become royals by marriage such as Camilla Rosemary Shand, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton and Rachel Meghan Markle.

Origin of Royal Names

Royals recycle their names. That means modern royals have some of the same names that royals from centuries ago had. It is not unusual for the names to be used over and over again. Queen Elizabeth II has the same name as her mother.

Royals don't usually have nicknames for public use. Prince Harry doesn't use his real name in public. He was born Henry Charles Albert David. Most monarchs who were named Henry came to be known as Harry, including Henry VIII.

When Prince Charles and Princess Diana name their second son, the palace agreed that his official name would be Prince Henry Charles Albert David. However, his family and friends began to call him Harry. As the boy grew, he became known to the public and the press as Prince Harry. That is the name he is known by today. In fact, some people might not have known his birth name is Henry until they just read it here.

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Surname

All descendants of the Queen have a surname. That surname is Mountbatten-Windsor. It is a combination of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth's last names. Mountbatten-Windsor is rarely used.

Royal Birth Names

Queen Elizabeth's birth name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. She is often referred to as Queen Elizabeth II because she is named after her mother, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon who was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

To her family and close friends, Queen Elizabeth's nickname is Lilibet. When asked what her name was when she was a child, she couldn't pronounce Elizabeth.

Her full title is very long. Most of the time she is known as the Queen of England, but other titles are used when she is in other places.

Queen Elizabeth's Full Title

Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith

Prince Philip was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. He has also been known as Philip Mountbatten. His complete title is a very long one.

Prince Philip's Full Title

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of The Queen's Service Order, Privy Counsellor

Prince Charles' birth name is Charles Philip Arthur George.

Prince Charles' Full Title

His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla Parker Bowles was born Camilla Rosemary Shand. She still uses the last name of her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles who she was married to from 1973 to 1994. She is known to the public as Camilla Parker Bowles.

Camilla is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, first in line to the British throne. Instead of using the title Princess of Wales, she uses the title Duchess of Cornwall, her husband's secondary designation. In Scotland, she is known as the Duchess of Rothesay.

She is referred to as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Camilla is the one who wanted to be referred to as Duchess even though Prince Charles wanted her to use Princess as her title. That's why Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are following suit by being duchesses.

Prince William's full name is William Arthur Philip Louis.

Prince William's Full Title

His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

Prince William's wife was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton and people refer to her as Kate. Her full title is short: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. If she ever becomes queen, she will be England's sixth Queen Catherine. Her middle name is the same as Queen Elizabeth, but that's a coincidence.

Prince William's oldest child was born George Alexander Louis. His first name comes from Queen Elizabeth's father, King George VI. His third name is the first name of his brother Prince Louis, as well as the middle name Alexander, a masculine form of his great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth's, middle name. His full title is His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte's full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The second child of Prince William gets her first name from two places. It's her aunt Pippa Middleton's middle name, and it's the feminine version of her grandfather, Prince Charles' first name.

Her middle names come from her great grandmother Queen Elizabeth and her late grandmother Diana. Her full title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

Prince Louis' full name is Louis Arthur Charles. The baby's first name comes from King Louis VIII who reigned in 1216. Arthur was the middle name of Queen Elizabeth's father King George VI. Louis and Arthur are also two of the baby's father's name: William Arthur Philip Louis. Charles is the name of Prince Louis' grandfather, Prince Charles.

Prince Louis' full title is His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry's real name is Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor. His full titles are His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Duke of Sussex.

Prince Harry's wife's birth name is Rachel Meghan Markle even though she uses her middle name. After she married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, Queen Elizabeth gave her the title Duchess of Sussex.

Royals with No Title

The oldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth was born Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips in 1981. Her name includes her mother and grandmother's names. After she married Mike Tindall in 2011, she became known as Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall.

Zara is the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips. She and her older brother Peter Mark Andrew Phillips don't have royal titles. They were not entitled to royal titles by birth because titles could only be given to a monarch's grandchildren through sons, not daughters. Even so, Queen Elizabeth offered a courtesy title to Princess Anne’s children, but the Queen's only daughter did not accept a title for her children and neither did Princess Anne's ex-husband who is a commoner. Zara later said in an interview that she is glad she doesn't have a title.

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