Prince Louis of Cambridge

Prince Louis of Cambridge (Louis Arthur Charles; born 23 April 2018) is a member of the British royal family. He is the third and youngest child and second son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Prince Louis
Cambridge family at Trooping the Colour 2019 - 14.jpg
Prince Louis in 2019
Born (2018-04-23) 23 April 2018 (age 2)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Full name
Louis Arthur Charles Mountbatten-Windsor[fn 1]
FatherPrince William, Duke of Cambridge
MotherCatherine Middleton

Birth and familyEdit

Prince Louis, third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born at 11:01 BST (10:01 UTC) on 23 April 2018.[2][3][4] On 24 April, gun salutes from the Tower of London and Hyde Park and bell ringings at Westminster Abbey marked the birth.[5] On 27 April 2018, it was announced that the baby had been named Louis Arthur Charles,[6] the first and last names honouring his paternal great-great-great-uncle Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and his paternal grandfather Charles, Prince of Wales, respectively.[7] Louis is pronounced LOO-ee (/ˈli/).[8]

On 9 July 2018, Prince Louis was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, using water from the River Jordan in accordance with tradition.[9] Louis's godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Gillingham Carter, and Lucy Middleton.[10] Louis wore the replica of the royal christening gown, created in 2008 as a copy of the 1841 gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, and used for every royal christening until it was retired for preservation in 2004.[11]

Title and successionEdit

Louis is from birth a prince of the United Kingdom, entitled to the style of Royal Highness under letters patent issued by his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on 31 December 2012, which gave the title and style to all children of the Prince of Wales's eldest son.[12] He is thus styled "His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge".[7]

Prince Louis is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne, behind his grandfather, father and older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.[2] Following the implementation of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, he is the first British prince to be ranked behind an elder sister in the line of succession.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ British princes do not normally use a surname. When needed, the surname for male-line descendants of Elizabeth II is usually Mountbatten-Windsor.[1]


  1. ^ "The Royal Family name". The Official Website of the British Monarchy. The Royal Household. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Duchess gives birth to baby boy". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ Staff author (May 2018). "Prince Louis". London: Buckingham Palace. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Royal baby: Duke and duchess show off new son". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Royal baby: Prince Charles feels 'great joy' for new grandson". BBC. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their baby son Louis". The Guardian. Press Association. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b Furness, Hannah; Boyle, Danny (27 April 2018). "Prince Louis Arthur Charles: New royal baby name announced by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Royal baby named Prince Louis". BBC News. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018. Lou-ee not Lou-iss
  9. ^ "Prince Louis to be baptised on 9 July". BBC. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  10. ^ "The Christening of Prince Louis: guests and godparents". The Royal Family. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Prince Louis christening: George and Charlotte seen with brother for first time". BBC. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  12. ^ "No. 60384". The London Gazette. 8 January 2013. p. 213.
  13. ^ "Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to new prince". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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Prince Louis of Cambridge
Born: 23 April 2018
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Succession to the British throne
5th in line
Followed by
The Duke of Sussex