Prince Charles has waited over 60 years to become the next King of England, the longest any heir has waited in the history of Britain. Once Charles finally takes the throne, there is a chance he will ditch his name ago by something else entirely — and it’s all thanks to an odd tradition within the royal family.
Charles full name is actually Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, and there is a possibility that he picks one of his other names when he ascends to the throne. This is not a common practice in the royal family, but it has historical precedence.
For example, Charles’ grandpa, King George VI, was born Albert Frederick Arthur George. He picked George over Albert to pay homage to his father. Edward VII (whose original name was Albert) did the same.
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What are the chances that Charles picks a different name when he becomes King of England?
In an interview with People, Dickie Arbiter, who used to work as a spokesman for the royal family, said that it is possible that Charles goes with a different name. That could be Philip, George or Arthur. Charles might pick George in honor of his grandfather, King George VI, and to pay respect to his mom, Queen Elizabeth II.
Arthur is a less likely choice due to its ties to the mythical warrior. Philip is not out of the question, though there has never been a King Philip in Britain. Spain and Belgium are the only two countries to have ever had a king named Philip sit on the throne.
But why would Charles ditch the name he has carried for over six decades? As Arbiter explained, the name Charles actually has a bit of a dark past. Back in 1649, King Charles I was put to death after the English Civil War. Charles II, however, redeemed the name in 1660 when he took the throne and became known as “a patron of the arts.”
“He is the one who initiated the Royal Observatory and got Sir Christopher Wren to build the Royal Hospital,” Arbiter added, noting that Prince Charles has similar ambitions as Charles II.
Prince Charles has not said what name he will choose when he inherits the crown. When he does become the next King of England, his wife, Camilla, will be known as Queen Consort. Charles will also take on the titles of the Duke of Normandy, Duke of Lancaster, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Mann, and the supreme Governor of the Church of England.