Will Prince Charles Change His Name to ‘Philip’ When He Becomes King?

According to experts, it could be another decade before Prince Charles sits on Britain’s throne. However, many want to know what will happen when he becomes king. While many of the traditions and royal rules will likely stay the same, some changes are inevitable. And, one in particular impacts everyone.

Upon ascension, Prince Charles could change his name. Which means the royal family — and the rest of the world — would not only call him by a different title but a completely different monicker, too. Will Prince Charles change his name when he becomes king? Find out, ahead.

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Will Prince Charles change his name when he becomes king?

When Queen Elizabeth dies, Prince Charles will automatically assume the role of the monarch and ascend the throne. Many believe that the Prince of Wales will likely change his name along with his official royal title change, His Majesty The King.

After 70 years of being a Charles, the Prince of Wales might be ready for some change. And, likely wants to distance himself from the King Charles that came before him. After all, reputation is very important to the royal family (particularly the monarch) and some believe he doesn’t want to be associated with King Charles I, who wasn’t well-liked and whose reign resulted in the English Civil War. Additionally, King Charles II’s reign saw two great tragedies: The Black Death and the Great Fire of London.

But, according to royal expert and former palace spokesman, Dickie Arbiter, being a King Charles isn’t the worst thing, and he could very likely just stick with the name he was baptized with. “Charles II was a patron of the arts, like Prince Charles is,” Arbiter told People. “He is the one who initiated the Royal Observatory and got Sir Christopher Wren to build the Royal Hospital. So he is a man remembered for his patronage of the arts and doing good deeds,” he added.

Will Prince Charles change his name to Philip?

If Prince Charles decides to change his name upon ascension, some think that he could honor his father by choosing one of his middle names, Philip as his regnal, or “reign” name. “It’s quite possible that he might choose one of his other names: Philip, Arthur, or George,” Arbiter revealed. “It’s not common, but it’s not unusual. His grandfather, King George VI, was Albert Frederick Arthur George, but he chose George in honor of his late father,” he continued.

Choosing the name Philip would not only pay tribute to his father, Prince Philip, but also make Prince Charles the first King Philip in Britain. However, the name — according to royal experts — isn’t a frontrunner.

Will Prince Charles change his name to George?

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Many believe that, if Prince Charles goes with a regnal name, he would choose George out of the three middle names. Arthur has too much association with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and while Philip is a good option, it doesn’t hold as much weight as King George VII would.

Should he opt out of King Charles III, Prince Charles would likely go with King George VII “in deference to his grandfather and in recognition of his mother, the Queen.”


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