Queen Elizabeth is the one who takes most of the decisions in the royal family. So what happens when it comes to assigning names?
We all know that the process of assigning names to royal babies is simple and the Queen doesn’t need to approve.
But wait. You people might be surprised to hear this — that unlike most major royal decisions — the name of the new royal baby born doesn’t necessarily need to meet the approval of Queen Elizabeth.
Her Majesty, the Queen, is always given the absolute power of determining titles (even gifting Philip with a new title to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary). Even though her opinion is pretty much respected when it comes to determining a new child’s name, her permission is generally not required.
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It’s understood and very much clear that Her Majesty doesn’t have to approve of royal baby names. But, since she is so much respected, and of course traditionally (and out of courtesy), she is told the name before anyone else. As royal commentator Kate Williams previously explained this whole thing to CNN.
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The names agreed upon by the royal parents must first be cleared with the queen. Ultimately the final decision rests with the parents, though. “Obviously, they have so much respect for the Queen that if she says ‘I really don’t like that name,’ they’d definitely take that into consideration.” But unsurprisingly, the queen usually agrees to the name given by the parents.
Before proclaiming the names of any of his kids, Prince William (who is very close to his grandmother) waited till he and Duchess Catherine got the chance to tell the queen in person first before making the names public.
As with keeping hands in public and closing their own car doors, royals don’t rely on the specific protocol so much as implicit understanding when it comes to clearing names with the queen. Time did tell us that even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle followed suit when it came to revealing the name of their child, Archie.
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