When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge FINALLY announced the name of their newborn son, the whole world was delighted with the news. We’d been waiting four whole days to learn that the newest member of the Royal Family would be called Louis Arthur Charles, and he will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
It looks great in print and is easy to write about, but there is only problem with the choice of names, one that's not going away any time soon. It’s already being mispronounced - but those doing so have no reason to be ashamed and here's why.
The traditional pronunciation of the name, “Louis” is “loo-iss.” Right? Well…that is NOT how to pronounce the little prince’s name. Nope!!
Kensington Palace has revealed that he will be called, “loo-ee” which is the accepted French pronunciation. (As in King Louis XIV.) Prince Philip’s favorite uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979, also pronounced his first name “loo-ee.” This is certainly the reason why the Duke and Duchess are so insistent upon the correct pronunciation.
Lord Mountbatten also took Prince Charles under his wing when the young prince was having difficulties at school. And the two remained close until his great-uncle's untimely death. (Below, Prince Charles with Great-Uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten)
So there you have it. If you’re going to name a baby after someone, you had better get not only the spelling but also the pronunciation correct.
We wish Prince Louis all the best and hope that everyone will make a strong effort to pronounce his name the right way. That's "LOO-EE" - not Loo-iss."
Got it?? Good!
To see the proud parents with baby Prince Louis waving to well-wishers on the day of his birth, watch the video, below.