Prince George's Name Decoded: Check Out the Princess Diana Connection

New info coming to surface about the importance of his name

By Lily Harrison Jul 26, 2013 11:25 PMTags
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Could the real significance behind Prince George's name have been right in front of us the entire time? Perhaps!

While early reports have speculated that the royal couple picked the name George Alexander Louis in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's father, among one of many reasons, there may be an ode to Prince William's late mother Princess Diana in the moniker as well.

It turns out that Diana had three nephews named, you guessed it, George, Alexander, and Louis. In fact, the one other nephew she had is named Charles, which Kate Middleton and her hubby couldn't pick for glaringly obvious reasons!

Diana's brother Charles welcomed son Louis Frederick John Spencer in 1994, while her sisters Sarah and Jane gave birth to George Edmund and Alexander Robert, respectively.

Shocking coincidence? We think not.

And Will's mother isn't the only one who has links to the newborn's name. There's already a Prince Charles connection behind the future King of England's title. 

Funnily enough, he has admitted to respecting and most looking up to King George III, who ruled England from 1760 to 1820. During a visit with school children at London's Pimlico Academy last year, Charles was asked which monarch he most admired.

"We asked him the question, 'Which monarch do you most respect?' And he said George III because he thought he was a really good man," student Marilyn Goncalves told the Telegraph in December after meeting Charles. "He thought that he was a really good king." 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the name of their firstborn on July 24, after Kate gave birth to the baby two days prior at London's St. Mary's Hospital.

Additionally, Charles reportedly once said in a British TV documentary, "George III led Britain through 60 years of enormous social upheaval, industrial revolution and terrible hardships inflicted by war with Napoleon. Yet history remembered him above all as the 'mad king' or the 'king who lost America.' This is a travesty."

And between family homages and tradition, deciding upon a name for Prince George must not have been an easy task for Will and Kate.

"With George we have a traditional, classic name with historical connotations," Christopher Warwick, royal biographer and historian told E! News. "It might not be too imaginative, but it isn't too surprising."

What a lovely twist to add to all of the royal baby naming trivia!