Kate Middleton Originally Wanted to Give Prince George a Different Name

We're glad they went with George

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Kate Middleton, 42, has openly talked about the pressure she felt when she named her three children: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5. And when it came time to specifically name her firstborn child (and the future king of England), George wasn’t the first moniker the Princess of Wales had in mind.

Royal expert Katie Nichol, who spoke to The Mirror back in July 2022, explained that Catherine and her husband, Prince William, 41, initially wanted to keep their first child’s gender a secret. “Courtiers insisted the pair had not found out the sex of their unborn baby, and friends close to the couple claim William wanted a surprise,” she told the publication. 

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As it turns out, if the baby was a boy, the former Duchess of Cambridge had only one name at the top of her list: Alexander.

Nichol continued, “Although Kate apparently suspected it was a boy and had set her heart on the name Alexander, they had not yet decided what to call their firstborn.”

So, how did the royal couple finally decide on George? It seems they implemented a rather interesting system to help them choose the name of the future king. Per The Times, they turned to their dog, Lupo (who sadly passed away in 2020). Catherine and William wrote their top names on a piece of paper and put it on the floor for Lupo to pick.

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In the end, Lupo chose three names: George, Alexander and Louis. And those are the ones that stuck. Catherine and William named the child George Alexander Louis.

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