Lady Louise set royal precedent adopted by Meghan and Harry’s Archie and Lilibet

Prince Philip was 'pleased' with Lady Louise says Sophie Wessex

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Lady Louise, 17, is the eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. She has started to take a more prominent role in recent years, as she nears adulthood. A royal expert has pointed out the young royal was the first to set a royal precedent that was over 50 years in the making.

Lady Louise was the first royal to formally adopt the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which signified the joining of Prince Philip and the Queen’s surnames.

Gyles Brandreth commented on this in his book, Prince Philip: The Final Portrait, where he noted the surname given reflected both heritages.

He wrote: “The first properly named Mountbatten-Windsor did not appear on the scene until more than fifty years after the Queen’s Coronation.

“Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, was born on 10 November 2003 – and her Christian names nicely reflect both the Windsor and the Mountbatten heritage.”

Lady Louise’s younger brother, James Viscount Severn also carries the same surname.

The 13-year-old is known as James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children also adopted this surname for their two children.

Their son’s full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, while they newborn daughter is called Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children do not currently take the Mountbatten-Windsor surname as they have Prince and Princess titles.

The Royal Family name of Windsor was declared in 1917 after a meeting of the Privy Council.

George V declared: “All descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria, who are subjects of these realms, other than female descendants who marry or who have married, shall bear the name of Windsor.”

Windsor was later confirmed after the Queen’s accession in 1952.

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However in 1960 the name was altered slightly to reflect Prince Philip’s heritage.

It was therefore declared in the Privy Council that The Queen’s descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, or female descendants who marry, would carry the name of Mountbatten-Windsor.

The declaration meant that all of the Queen’s children who required a surname would take the name Mountbatten-Windsor.

There are a few exceptions to the rule, in that any descendant with the title “His Royal Highness Prince” or “Her Royal Highness Princess” does not need to use a surname at all.

Some Royal Family members use their family’s territorial designation instead – Prince William and Prince Harry went by William Wales and Harry Wales when they served in the military – as their father is the Prince of Wales.

Similarly Prince George is known as George Cambridge at school, and his sister is referred to as Charlotte Cambridge.

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