What Is Prince William's Last Name?

In Celebs by , on Thursday, April 28, 2011, 9:56 AM (PDT)
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It's rarely ever used.

While the world waits in anticipation of Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming royal wedding, the biggest question on people's minds isn't the usual stuff, like "What will Kate's wedding dress look like?" or "Which uncle will get drunk and cause a scene?" No, it's "What is Prince Williams' last name?"

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Internet searches from folks curious about the royal prince's official surname are up by nearly 1,200% this week, as we're just now realizing that there must be more to his name than just Prince William.

As it turns out, there is. But it's hardly ever used.

Though generally referred to as Prince William of Wales, Will comes from the royal family of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the house of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert.

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However, due to anti-German sentiment at the outset of World War I, the royal family decided to change the surname to something more English sounding. Ideas for the new name ranged from Plantagenet to Tudor to even just England. They eventually settled on Windsor.

Then in 1960, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip decided to merge their last names, giving their descendants the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

Thus, the young Prince's full name is William Mountbatten-Windsor, though you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who's ever used it. But at least you can go be a smart-ass now.

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Comments (7)
Posted By Trish (3 years ago)
I want to know is when the queen steps down or dies, charles becomes king and then Wills. so why are they talking like he's next to sit on the throne.
Posted By HockyMom (3 years ago)
A lot of people seem to think that Charles will defer the throne to William. Also it's said the Queen is leaning towards William as king because of Charles' age and William could remain king for a much longer period of time than Charles.
Posted By John Staggs (3 years ago)
My comment is a question...If Prince William's last name is Mountbatten-Windsor, why did the priest state it as William Arthur Phillip-Louie when taking the vows in the wedding ceremony?
Posted By Phoenix (3 years ago)
His full name is William Arthur Phillip Louie Mountbatten-Windsor
Posted By Joanne P. (3 years ago)
There is no way that Prince Charles will assume the throne. His mother is an extreme traditionalist. When Charles passes, William will then assume the throne. And, honestly who cares? Isn't this just fairy tales for adults that cost a lot !
Posted By bob carbone (3 years ago)
leave the kids be they have it tough enough just being young and newly weds and in milatary with out the worlds leeches AKA paparazzi hounding them bob
Posted By justme (3 years ago)
Why are her boobs so pointy? hopefuly the queen doesn't ruin this marriage like she did dianna's and charl's
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