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The Reason Why Prince George and Princess Charlotte Won't Use Their Last Name at School

It's not just because the other kids will automatically know who they are.
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Look, school is already bad enough what with early morning bus rides, cold toast in the dinner hall, endless homework, and boring lessons. The last thing you need is anyone teasing you about your last name in P.E. class or when attendance is read out before an exam starts.

But fortunately for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, they won't need to worry about classroom taunts or misspellings of their surname come school time, given the fact they won't be using their family name anyway, reports The Independent.


The reason for this dates back to when the Queen–who Prince George calls his 'Gan Gan'– married Prince Philip in 1947. Now, as we all know, Queen Elizabeth was a Windsor, while Prince Philip was known as Philip Mountbatten. Due to the anti-German sentiment towards Philip's last name after WWII, the Queen was coronated and her name changed to Queen Elizabeth II, whilst Philip's became Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

However, by 1960 the couple decided to make a landmark decision for the Royal Family and introduce a double-barreled surname of Mountbatten-Windsor.


But the reason we rarely ever see that last name being used by the Monarchy is that any royal with the title 'His Royal Highness Prince' or 'Her Royal Highness Princess' doesn't actually need a last name at all.

The Royal Family have even gone as far as to explain the issue on its website:

A proclamation on the Royal Family name by the reigning monarch is not statutory; unlike an Act of Parliament, it does not pass into the law of the land. Such a proclamation is not binding on succeeding reigning sovereigns, nor does it set a precedent which must be followed by reigning sovereigns who come after. Unless The Prince of Wales chooses to alter the present decisions when he becomes king, he will continue to be of the House of Windsor and his grandchildren will use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

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Of course, the prince and princess can use Mountbatten-Windsor if they want to, such as when staring school or the military, but they aren't required to do so.

To be fair, it's not like anyone is going to get them mixed up with anyone else's kid, is it?


What's even more complicated when it comes to the Royals' surname is that some even use a geographical destination as their surname.

For example, when Prince Harry and Prince William joined the army, they went by the names of Harry Wales and William Wales respectively, because their father is the Prince of Wales.

So, when Prince George starts prep school Thomas' in Battersea, London in September, he might just go by the name 'Prince George' or even George Cambridge, given his parents are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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