New royal baby shares name with Lord Louis Mountbatten who was murdered by IRA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed the name of the new addition to their family – Louis Arthur Charles.

Prince Charles will be touched at the tribute to Lord Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle, was the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.

Mountbatten and William’s father the Prince of Wales were very close, with Charles confiding in his relative.



He was known by the Royal Family as Uncle Dickie and was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979, three years before William was born.

His boat was blown up on a fishing trip off the coast of County Sligo, Republic of Ireland.

The little brother to George and Charlotte, who will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, was born on Monday, St George’s Day, at 11.01am.

He was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.

The world waited patiently to hear what his name would be, before it was announced today. Louis is pronounced Lou-ee, rather than Lew-is.

Louis is also one of William’s middle names .

The name is the French and English form of the German name Ludwig, which means famous warrior or famous in battle.

Louis was the 71st most popular name in England and Wales, according to the latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics.



In 2016, just 911 boys were given the name Louis in England and Wales.

It was more popular in the early 2000s when it ranked around 39th, but was not popular throughout the 20th century.

Louis has been the name of many rulers across the world, including 18 kings of France.

Famous people named Louis include pop star Louis Tomlinson from One Direction and jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

A statement from Kensington Palace, released at 11am on Friday morning, read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.

"The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge."

The baby is fifth in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild.

William and Kate’s choice came as a surprise because the name is already one of Prince George’s middle names.

Arthur, Prince Louis’s second name, evokes the legend of King Arthur, the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table.

It has been a popular middle name for royal born sons during the Windsor era – but not a common first name.

One of Charles’ middle names, it is also one of William’s and was a middle name of the Queen’s father, George VI.

The baby’s third name Charles, of course, pays tribute to William’s father and the baby’s grandfather the Prince of Wales.

Its meaning is "man" and it is derived from the German name Karl.

It is considered an unlucky royal name for a king as Charles I was executed and Charles II’s reign featured the plague and the Great Fire of London.

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