What’s in a name? Why Prince Charles may change his name when he’s king

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Prince Charles (72) could choose to take on a different name altogether. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Prince Charles (72) could choose to take on a different name altogether. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

King Charles III has a lovely regal ring about it – and it’s what many royal fans presumed the queen’s firstborn would be called when he finally took over the throne from his monarch-for-life mother.

But that may very well not be the case. Prince Charles (72) could choose to take on a different name altogether.

According to Dickie Arbiter, a former Buckingham Palace spokesperson and author of On Duty with the Queen, Charles could choose any of his middle names to use as king if he so wishes.

“He might decide on Philip, Arthur or George,” the royal expert told Hello! magazine.

Devout royalists will know this isn’t an uncommon practice among British kings and queens, who traditionally are given many names to pay tribute to their historic lineage.

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Charles could choose any of his middle names to use as king if he so wishes. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

King Edward VIII had a staggering seven names: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David (the last four were given for the patron saints of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales respectively).

While he was known publicly as King Edward, family and friends called him David, the last of his middle names.

Queen Elizabeth’s father's first name was Albert, but he chose to go by King George VI (although his wife continued to call him Bertie), and King Edward VII's first name was also Albert.

Dickie added that the Prince of Wales will also inherit a bunch of impressive titles, including the Duke of Lancaster, Defender of the Faith, supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth and King of other Realms and Territories.

“Charles will also be Lord of the Mann (Isle of Man) and Duke of Normandy. But generally he'll only be known as king.”

King who though – that is the question . . .

Sources: hellomagazine.com, vogue.com.au

 

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