THE ROYAL baby was named yesterday as Prince Louis Arthur Charles in an announcement that has shocked bookies across the UK. But how do you pronounce the name Louis?
The couple’s third child, who was born on Monday April 23 at 11.01am, weighing 8lb 7oz, will be known as Prince Louis, Kensington Palace announced after a four-day wait.
The baby is fifth in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild.
How do you pronounce the name Louis?
Louis is pronounced Lou-ee, rather than Lew-is.
This is because the name is French and therefore the ‘s’ at the end is dropped
The French royals used the name for hundreds of years and it’s been given to no less than 18 kings.
The name, also one of Prince George’s middle names, is French and German in origin and means “renowned warrior”.
While the popular name can infer both pronunciations, Kensington Palace has confirmed that in the case of the new royal baby it is the former that is correct as the “s” is silent.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” a statement released by the Palace reads.
“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”
However, debates have been circulating on Twitter as to what the correct pronunciation of the new Prince’s name is.
Louis was the 71st most popular name in England and Wales, according to the latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics.
In 2016, just 911 boys were given the name Louis in England and Wales.
It was more popular in the early 2000s when it ranked around 39th, but was not popular throughout the 20th century.
Louis has been the name of many rulers across the world