Baby Louis wasn't meant to be a prince… here's why the Queen changed the rules

While you might think that 'Prince' is the obvious title for someone fifth in line to the throne, before 2012, the rules meant that he would have been a Lord.

It was King George V who decided there were too many 'His/Her Royal Highnesses' knocking about.

Back in 1917 he decided to change the rule and limit the number of people who are called Prince or Princess.

The new rule said that only the monarch, their children, grandchildren and one other person could be granted official HRH titles.

That one other person was the Prince's of Wales's first grandson.


So under those rules, only George would have been given the title of Prince.

If Charlotte had been born first, she wouldn't have been a Princess.

The younger siblings would most likely been Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.

But the Queen decided to change the rules back in 2012, after Kate and William married, so that all their children could be given HRH titles.

The move was made alongside her decision to allow girls to be equal to boys when it came to succession to the throne.

Before, any son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would have been first in line for the throne, even if Charlotte was older.

Before her first great grandchild arrived, the Queen issued a Letters Patent which is a legal procedure allowing her to make changes without having to have them rubber stamped by Parliament.

It stated: "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”

The official change made a pleasing present for Kate when it was announced on her 31st birthday, as she was already pregnant with Prince George.

So while Prince Louis has a wonderful ring to it, he could have been Lording it up if his great gran hadn't decided to change the rules and even up the gender bias in the Royal line of succession.

While Prince Louis is unlikely to ever become King, he's the cutest Prince's Charming we've ever seen!

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