Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Prince George recently went on tour with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and his little sister, Charlotte. The family visited Poland and Germany in a bid to smooth over relations between Britain and the EU following the result of the Brexit referendum last year.
The tiny royals were the centre of attention during the trip, and Kate spoke about her desire to have more children pretty soon, then shocked us all this week when it was announced Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a third royal baby after all.
And on top of all that excitement they still have to get Prince George ready for his first day at school today. He will be starting at Thomas’s London Day School in Battersea, and Kate has already revealed who will be doing the school run.
However, many have become preoccupied with what George’s official surname will be. When he was born, Clarence House made the following announcement reeling off his names: ‘the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.’
Considering that his great-grandmother is the Queen, he also holds the title His Royal Highness, which means he doesn’t actually need to use a surname. So what will his teachers call him once he is in the classroom?
The Royal Family’s website says: ‘For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.’
The double-barrelled name was introduced in 1960 to reflect Prince Philip’s surname, but the royals can also opt to use a particular location as a nod to their parents title – as Prince William and Prince Harry both did when enrolling in the RAF. They chose William and Harry Wales as their father, Prince Charles, is the Prince of Wales.
So if Kate and William don’t fancy enlisting their son as George Mountbatten-Windsor, he could be known as George Cambridge.
Either way, it’s going to be fancy.