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Old 04-07-2021, 11:50 AM
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I think its highly unlikely... Perhaps he liked the idea when he was younger.. but its never been definitively stated that he expressed such a wish.
I never said that Charles had expressed a wish, though I wouldnít be surprised at all if he felt that way. I do agree itís unlikely....
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Old 04-07-2021, 12:04 PM
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There have been several Georges and Will's son will likley be King George one day. Not so many Charleses....
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:06 PM
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There have been several Georges and Will's son will likley be King George one day. Not so many Charleses....
True,true, true ! Some think Charles is a bad luck name given its Royal history, but I donít believe in that stuff, so Charles III would be fine...!
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:41 PM
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He'd be Charles III wouldn't he, if he went with Charles?
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Old 04-07-2021, 06:41 PM
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He'd be Charles III wouldn't he, if he went with Charles?
Yes, That is correct. If Prince Charles uses Charles as his regnal name, he would be King Charles III.
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Old 04-07-2021, 06:48 PM
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I wonder why he would have to change his name ? It must be strange to change at his time of life after having had the same name for all this time.
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:14 PM
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There have been several Georges and Will's son will likley be King George one day. Not so many Charleses....

Most common (male) regnal names in Great Britain (including Kings of England and of Scotland, as well as Kings of the United Kingdom)
  • Henry (VIII) & Edward (VIII)
  • James (VII)
  • George (VI)
  • William (IV) and Malcom (IV)
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:25 PM
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I wonder why he would have to change his name ? It must be strange to change at his time of life after having had the same name for all this time.
He doesn't have to change his name.

Prior to 1837 the monarchs used their first given name.

Queen Victoria used her second name - Victoria rather than her first name of Alexandrina.

Her son, Edward VII, used Edward rather than his first given name of Albert.

George VI also didn't use his first given name of Albert, but used George instead.

These are the only three occasions when the first Christian name wasn't used but as they have been three of the past 6 monarchs it seems that the question keeps coming up with regards to Charles.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:58 PM
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He doesn't have to change his name.

Prior to 1837 the monarchs used their first given name.

Queen Victoria used her second name - Victoria rather than her first name of Alexandrina.

Her son, Edward VII, used Edward rather than his first given name of Albert.

George VI also didn't use his first given name of Albert, but used George instead.

These are the only three occasions when the first Christian name wasn't used but as they have been three of the past 6 monarchs it seems that the question keeps coming up with regards to Charles.
Since Victoria and Edward VII used the names of Alexandrina Victoria and Albert Edward prior to their accessions, in my eyes the George VI scenario is the only one comparable to a hypothetical change from Charles to George VII. It would have been comparable to Victoria or Edward VII if Charles had been styled Prince Charles George of Edinburgh from birth.
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:14 PM
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Victoria stopped using any reference to Alexandrina when she was about 7 when she stopped being called Drina in the family. The Court Circular refers to Victoria as Princess Victoria during the reign of William IV which would tell the world that is the name that she used. It was the name by which the public knew her.

e.g. Court Circular 23rd May 1837 - The King, we are happy to state, is better. The State Ball, at St James's Palace tomorrow (the anniversary of the Princess Victoria's birthday), will, it is expected take place.

Court Circular 25th May, 1837 - Yesterday, being the birthday of Her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria, Kensington was more than usually gay.

No mention of Alexandrina in the CC for Victoria.

In addition - the articles in The Times about Victoria's 18th birthday all referred to her as simply Princess Victoria - no Alexandrina.

For anyone wondering where I am getting the CC from - I am using the Archive from The Times. I subscribed specifically to get this information and am slowly ... very slowly spending my retirement (between bouts of pneumonia and two knee replacements) doing an analysis of the CC. I have started in 1952 and will work through the Queen's reign, minus 1986 - 1996 as The Times Archive stops in 1985 and the British monarchy doesn't start until 1997. I thought I had a means of getting the missing years but it seems the State Library of NSW hasn't put the entire Times on their archive page and only put up selected stories. I don't know if I will be able to physically get to the Library to see if they have the hard copies and then how I might be able to access them ... anyway that is a job for the future.)
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:22 PM
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Since Victoria and Edward VII used the names of Alexandrina Victoria and Albert Edward prior to their accessions, in my eyes the George VI scenario is the only one comparable to a hypothetical change from Charles to George VII. It would have been comparable to Victoria or Edward VII if Charles had been styled Prince Charles George of Edinburgh from birth.
Victoria wasn't styled as Alexandrina Victoria, though. The public knew her as Princess Victoria of Kent. "Alexandrina" was only because the Czar had offered to be her godparent and no name could precede his. After having rejected her parents choices of "Georgiana" and "Charlotte" at her christening and making the Duchess of Kent cry, the Prince Regent said "give her the mother's name", and so we got an age.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:36 AM
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I like Charles the III very dignified, distingushed and hasn't been used in a long time. There may be and up and coming George the VII. I read somewhere the Queen asked William to name his first son George.
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:22 AM
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That is quite a task you have given yourself. I look forward to read your findings.
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Victoria stopped using any reference to Alexandrina when she was about 7 when she stopped being called Drina in the family. The Court Circular refers to Victoria as Princess Victoria during the reign of William IV which would tell the world that is the name that she used. It was the name by which the public knew her.

e.g. Court Circular 23rd May 1837 - The King, we are happy to state, is better. The State Ball, at St James's Palace tomorrow (the anniversary of the Princess Victoria's birthday), will, it is expected take place.

Court Circular 25th May, 1837 - Yesterday, being the birthday of Her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria, Kensington was more than usually gay.

No mention of Alexandrina in the CC for Victoria.

In addition - the articles in The Times about Victoria's 18th birthday all referred to her as simply Princess Victoria - no Alexandrina.

For anyone wondering where I am getting the CC from - I am using the Archive from The Times. I subscribed specifically to get this information and am slowly ... very slowly spending my retirement (between bouts of pneumonia and two knee replacements) doing an analysis of the CC. I have started in 1952 and will work through the Queen's reign, minus 1986 - 1996 as The Times Archive stops in 1985 and the British monarchy doesn't start until 1997. I thought I had a means of getting the missing years but it seems the State Library of NSW hasn't put the entire Times on their archive page and only put up selected stories. I don't know if I will be able to physically get to the Library to see if they have the hard copies and then how I might be able to access them ... anyway that is a job for the future.)
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:31 AM
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He doesn't have to change his name.

Prior to 1837 the monarchs used their first given name.

Queen Victoria used her second name - Victoria rather than her first name of Alexandrina.

Her son, Edward VII, used Edward rather than his first given name of Albert.

George VI also didn't use his first given name of Albert, but used George instead.

These are the only three occasions when the first Christian name wasn't used but as they have been three of the past 6 monarchs it seems that the question keeps coming up with regards to Charles.
there's also Edward VIII. He seems to have always been known officialy as Prince Edward but He was called privately by his last name David. Also Albert Victor was officially known as Alb Victor but he was called Eddy... which was his last name. And I think Victoria hoped and beleived that AV would rule as King Albert Victor....
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:17 AM
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I wonder why he would have to change his name ? It must be strange to change at his time of life after having had the same name for all this time.
he doesn't have to change his name.. but there have been rumours that he might choose to be known as George VII
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:46 AM
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there's also Edward VIII. He seems to have always been known officialy as Prince Edward but He was called privately by his last name David. Also Albert Victor was officially known as Alb Victor but he was called Eddy... which was his last name. And I think Victoria hoped and beleived that AV would rule as King Albert Victor....
What they were called by the family is irrelevant - it is the name the public knew them as that is the relevant point.

Edward VIII was HRH Prince Edward.

Albert Victor was known as HRH Prince Albert of Wales.

Edward VIII therefore used his first Christian name as King, not his last which is the name his family called him, David.

We have no idea what name Albert Victor would have used but we do know the name the public had for him - Albert of Wales while his father was also known as Prince Albert or The Prince of Wales.

The media didn't use the names Albert Edward of Albert Victor or David so the public didn't use those names either.
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:25 AM
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Things do seem to have got very complicated in Queen Victoria's time! Previous monarchs/royals were known to both their families and the public by the same name, or by a short version such as Bess for Elizabeth or Hal for Harry. I think part of the issue was that so many royal families were closely related in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the same first names were used over and over, so people either used their second names or became known within the family by nicknames - Mossy, Ducky and all the rest of them!
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:35 AM
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Things do seem to have got very complicated in Queen Victoria's time! Previous monarchs/royals were known to both their families and the public by the same name, or by a short version such as Bess for Elizabeth or Hal for Harry. I think part of the issue was that so many royal families were closely related in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the same first names were used over and over, so people either used their second names or became known within the family by nicknames - Mossy, Ducky and all the rest of them!
Yes, I come from an old fashioned Irish culture where people were given very much the same family names.. and often cousins would have very similar names. So using nicknames and variations was a way of distinguishing them. And Victoria's desire for her descendants to be all called Albert and Victoria, i think she preferred these as "official" names, but the child was often called something different in private. Albert Victor was meant to be the future King and Vic wanted him to reign as Albert Victor.. but he was alwasy called by his fourth name Edward ie Eddy. I think that when Edward VIII came along, perhaps the famiy were getting a bit tired of using the same old regal names and he was always called David though he was officially prince Edward... which was unusual in the BRF but I think they wanted a new name.. at least in private. As far as I know George VI was known as Prince Albert, but when he became King, because of the special circumstances, he chose his last name as his regnal name. So no reason why Charles could not do the same if he want to but I think that in today's world it would be unusual and he probably wont do it...
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:53 AM
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The media didn't use the names Albert Edward of Albert Victor or David so the public didn't use those names either.
The media did use Albert Edward, but since he was The Prince of Wales his whole life, they tended to use that. Likewise Albert Victor was the official name, since George was known to bemoan that after being created Duke of Clarence and Avondale that Eddy couldn't get away from the double names, which George was not a fan of.
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Most common (male) regnal names in Great Britain (including Kings of England and of Scotland, as well as Kings of the United Kingdom)
  • Henry (VIII) & Edward (VIII)
  • James (VII)
  • George (VI)
  • William (IV) and Malcom (IV)
Add Edward the Confessor and we have nine Edwards.
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