In typical families, last names are passed down from generation to generation, without a second thought to the matter. When a son is born, he continues to carry on the family last name. If you’re a member of the British royal family, though, the unofficial rules for this are quite different.
This seems to go unnoticed until the birth of a new child. Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to have their third child any day now, causing many to wonder not only about the gender but also about the little one’s name.
They have officially confirmed the baby’s royal title, which will be His/Her Royal Highness Prince/Princess of the United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The remaining parts of the name are still in question. It will likely be along the same lines as William and Kate’s other two children: George is George Alexander Louis, and Charlotte is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
The family doesn’t stick with last names, though, and the newest member of the family will follow suit. Yes, you read that right - the royal baby will also be without a last name. The family surname that is often used is Mountbatten-Windsor.
For those who opt out of the last name, they are referred to being from the house of Windsor. While in the military, Prince William and Prince Harry adopted part of their father’s title, Prince Charles of Wales. They each enlisted as Harry Wales and William Wales.
Though the little one will forego a last name, he or she definitely will have plenty of names already, so one more won’t likely be missed. Until the birth, we can only speculate the gender and names the baby will carry. What are your guesses?