Why Prince Charles May Become King George VII

Date February 9, 2018

Have you heard the rumors that Prince Charles may become King George VII? Actually, it’s quite possible, and no one is trying to make fun of you. Royal rules and traditions appear to be more complicated than we think. So here’s the answer everyone is dying to learn!

Regnal name

Every monarch gets his own original secular name at birth. However, when it’s time for them to accede to monarchy, they choose an absolutely different name from their secular one. It’s called a regnal name. As a rule, it consists of two parts, one of which is the name itself, and the second one is a number. It should be an ordinal one and is written as a Roman numeral.

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The mystery of history

History knows lots of examples when monarchs preferred to use the traditional name they got during their christening.

Queen Victoria, for example, has chosen her middle name as a regnal one, though, she’s been christened as Alexandrina. The thing is she didn’t like the name and always preferred calling her Victoria.

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Prince Albert did practically the same, but for an absolutely different reason. He was named after his father, Albert. However, Queen Victoria blamed her son for the death of her beloved husband, and that’s one of the reasons Prince Albert chose one of his middle names when he acceded to the throne. That’s how he became Edward VII.

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Prince of Wales to rule as George VII?

However, chances are high that Prince Charles, for example, when it’s his time to accede to the throne, may take the name of George VII. Only time will show us how everything will turn out. So let’s wait until we see everything for ourselves.

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