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What will the royal baby’s last name be?

Prince William and Kate have three choices for their child’s surname.

By Kristin Wong Jul 22, 2013 2:51PM

Surnames are a funny thing when you’re royalty. Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, use the surname Wales, taken from their father’s royal house — Charles, Prince of Wales. But technically, royals don’t require surnames.

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Though we often refer to her as Kate Middleton — and maybe she’ll always be Kate in our hearts — William’s wife is officially Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

And now that the royal baby boy has arrived, Prince William and Kate, er, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have a few choices for a last name:

Wales: The royal baby could take after his or her father, uncle and grandfather and use the surname Wales, according to BBC News.

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Cambridge: When Prince William and Kate were married, they inherited the royal house of Cambridge. Therefore, the royal baby could be named after his or her parents' royal house.

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Mountbatten-Windsor: This surname was adopted in 1960 for all of the queen’s children. According to E! Online, the name combines Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s family name (Mountbatten) with Windsor, the family name adopted by King George V in 1917.

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Jul 30, 2013 12:18AM
INBRED. just like the rest of them.
Jul 26, 2013 2:14AM
For those that say they don't want to hear about the Royal baby, but would prefer to hear of the war and constant bloodshed in Afghanistan, please remember that the Royal family also has family in this war and so do I, so a little frivolity and the chance to see a new life is always a nice way to get away from reality of this war and keep my heart from running away w/ fear over my own!

  If you don't like, don't read and don't post ,especially those who think being vulgar is a good thing, I would love to be a fly on the wall if your mother ever saw those posts, because I highly doubt she planned on raising someone as vulgar as you (no names, but they know who they are, that;s why they use an alias!!!)

Jul 25, 2013 10:55PM
I know, the last name should be SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM in a can!!!!
Jul 25, 2013 4:05PM
Their AKA should be "The Horsey Face People" at least for Philip and Charles.
Jul 25, 2013 2:21AM
If it was not for the English Royal Family. There would not be any US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, India and many other countries. England would be ruled by France.
Jul 25, 2013 1:17AM
I don't understand this article.  Princes and princesses legally have no last name, period.  They are part of a royal house, which since 1917 is called Windsor, but that's not legally a last name,  The queen decreed that all of her descendants that are not Princes or Princesses will have the last name Mountbatten-Windsor (in a nod to Prince Phillip who had no way to leave his name as most father's do),  The boys chose to use Wales in the military for convenience but it is not legally their last name, nor is it the name of a royal house.  When Prince George eventually might need a last name his father will probably be Prince of Wales by then and may choose to use Wales, but it were ever necessary he would use Cambridge while that is his father's title.  The father's title is always used in the naming conventions. 
Jul 24, 2013 11:50PM
How about prince albert and put him in a can?
Jul 24, 2013 9:29PM
is anyone aware that a few days ago some of our kids were kill in Afghanistan???  having seen photos of the royal miracle...a beautiful child  whose parents are seemingly very proud, I can understand the fascination with the baby...a very joyous happening...however, due to all the coverage of the event and the lack of coverage of our own situations here and abroad, I hope I never hear another the term "royal" again!  while I am at it, the same for Zimmerman and Amanda bynes!!!
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