Prince Louis almost had different title but Queen intervened with name

Kate Middleton and Prince William's youngest son Prince Louis celebrates his third birthday today.

The youngster was born on April 23 in 2018, at the Lindo Wing in St Mary's hospital in London.

And royal fans had to wait four days before the couple announced his name – Louis Arthur Charles.

The name Louis has long been associated with French kings and may have been a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle.

Louis doesn't have a surname as he has a royal title, and is formally known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

However, he wasn't technically supposed to have this title – he was only handed it because the Queen stepped in years earlier.

The Queen is said to have intervened with the 'prince' bit, overwriting a rule put in place by King George V, reports the Express.

Had the Queen not made an intervention, Louis would not have been a prince and would instead have been known as Master Louis Cambridge, after his father’s title, or Master Louis Windsor after the House of Windsor.

Back in 1917, he set out new guidance on which royals were allowed to have titles – and who was too far down the line of succession.

He decided that all of the sovereign's children would automatically become a Prince or Princess, as well as any grandchildren born through the male line.

However, great-grandchildren weren't included on the list.

The Queen reportedly stepped in and said that George would get a title, but she didn't stop there and decided to extend the change to all of Kate and William's children.

This means that even though Charlotte and Louis, who are further down the line of succession and are unlikely to ever sit on the throne, are also a prince and princess.

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