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Why Prince William And Prince Harry's Children Will Have Different Surnames?

Date August 1, 2018 12:22

Many people across the world, who are infatuated with the British royal family, wonder if their favourite royals have surnames. Actually, according to the royal.uk, members of the most famous family in the world didn’t have any surnames up until 1917.

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An old royal tradition, which is still used in the UK now, says that queens and kings signed themselves using their first name only. The rest had to use the name of the dynasty or the house they belonged to.

The change in the rules

In 1917, everything changed when George V took the Windsor not only as the name of the “House” but adopted it as the surname of his family as well.

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When Elizabeth became the Queen, she received the Windsor surname. But Her Majesty and her husband, Prince Philip, decided that their children should be different from the rest of the royal family and declared that all of the Queen’s descendants, except those who have HRH status and females who marry, would have to adopt the name Mountbatten-Windsor.

What about the princes?

Prince Harry and Prince William, on the other hand, have different surnames. When they were young, they used the surname of their father, Wales, as their father’s title is the Prince of Wales.

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But when Prince William married Kate Middleton, he was granted the title the Duke of Cambridge and his family’s surname became Cambridge. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis all have this surname.

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By the same principle, any of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s kids will have a surname Sussex, because Prince Harry's official title is the Duke of Sussex.

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Everything is different in the royal family’s world, but that’s why we love them.

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