The Independent (UK): How Do They Choose Names For Children From The Royal Family?

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The Independent (UK): How Do They Choose Names For Children From The Royal Family?
The Independent (UK): How Do They Choose Names For Children From The Royal Family?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will soon become parents, from day to day their firstborn may see the light of day.


In October 2018, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess was due to give birth in the spring.

The upcoming birth is much discussed, making assumptions about what surname the child will receive and whether the Duchess will give birth in the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital.

One of the biggest questions on everyone's lips: what will the child be called, whether it be a boy or a girl. But how much can the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves influence this?

Here's everything you need to know about giving names to royal children.

What names are considered suitable for children of the royal family?

If you look at the British royal family tree, you will see that the monarchy tends to stick to tradition when it gives names to children.

The most popular name for boys in the royal family is Albert, and for girls it is Victoria.

Since the birth of Queen Victoria in 1819, 12 Alberts have been born to the family, and there have also been nine Victorias over the past two centuries.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to follow in their relatives' footsteps by giving their child a traditional name

However, they may deviate from tradition, given that they are further removed from the throne than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

“The further you are from the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or unconventional name,” says Carolyn Harris, professor of history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Education and author of Cultivating Royal Dignity: 1,000 Years royal education ".

On Skybet, the odds of the Duke and Duchess calling their first child Isabella, James or Victoria are 10 to 1.

Diana is also one of the most popular options among players and is now going 12 to 1.

Should a royal child's name be approved by the queen?

While the queen decides whether or not to give the baby a royal title, the procedure for choosing the first name for a baby is less formal, explained royal commentator Kate Williams.

“The Queen has the power to determine what their title will be,” Williams said during a discussion about Prince Louis's upcoming birth in April 2018. "But when it comes to names, it's more of an informal conversation."

"Of course they respect the queen so much that if she says 'I really don't like this name,' they will definitely take it into account."

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