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Does Queen Elizabeth have to approve baby names?

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Naming a baby is the most important thing as it gives the baby his identity which should suit his/her personality. And so, it’s kind of difficult task too.


We all know that the process of assigning names to royal babies is anything but simple.

Especially since they usually get three to four names. But what you might be surprised to hear is that, unlike most major royal decisions the name doesn’t necessarily need to meet the approval of the Queen.

Her Majesty is always given the power of determining titles.

She even gifted Prince Philip with a new title to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. And though her opinion is respected when it comes to determining a new born’s name, her permission isn’t really required.

It’s understood that the Queen doesn’t really have to approve of royal baby names. But traditionally and out of courtesy, she is told the name before anyone else.

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As royal commentator Kate Williams explained to The Royal UK:-

“The names chosen by royal parents must first be cleared with Her Majesty. Though ultimately the final decision rests with the parents”.




“And, Of course they have such respect for the Queen that if she says ‘I really don’t like that name,’ they’d definitely take that into account”. 

But surprisingly, Queen Elizabeth doesn’t get any final say.

Before announcing the names of any of his children, Prince William waited until he and Kate had the chance to tell Queen Elizabeth in person before going public with the names.

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As with holding hands in public and closing their own car doors, royals don’t rely on explicit protocol so much as implicit understanding when it comes to clearing names with Her Majesty.

Time will only tell us whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow suit. Well, we think they might, when it comes to revealing the name of their forthcoming new baby. 

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