Prince William and Kate Middleton released the name they chose for their boy.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce that they named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” the Kensington Palace said on Friday. “The child will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”
Louis, which means “famous warrior” in French, which is most likely a tribute to Prince Philip, whose grandfather was Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg. Louis is also part of the name of Prince William Arthur Philippe Louis. This name is of great importance to William’s father, Prince Charles, whose beloved uncle and mentor Earl Louis Mountbattenbyl was killed by the IRA in 1979.
The middle names of the royal child, Charles and Arthur, also have special significance. Charles, of course, in honor of the grandfather of the boy Prince Charles. And the name Arthur is a family tradition. And Pope William and Grandfather Charles have such a second name. Arthur was also named the third son of Queen Victoria (and the seventh child) and was recognized as her favorite child.
The name Arthur, which means “bear” in Celtic, also goes back to mythology. King Arthur is a legendary figure who stood at the head of the kingdom of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table in mythical medieval times.