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Kate Middleton reveals correct Louis pronunciation on wedding day to Prince William

Kate Middleton reveals correct Louis pronunciation on wedding day to Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William emerge with Prince Louis for the first time following his birth (Picture: AP)

Ever since Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed their third childs name as Prince Louis, speculation over how to pronounce his name has been rife.

Kate and Wills, who celebrated their seventh royal wedding anniversary on Sunday, revealed their second son and third childs full name as Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge on Friday.

It followed days of hype over what the Princes name was, with Kate giving birth on Monday and his name not revealed for another four days.

With Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the couple revealed their names just two days after welcoming them into the world.

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Kate and William say their vows on their wedding day (Picture: YouTube/BBC)
epa06696280 (FILE) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge carries his newborn son as they leave the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, Britain, 23 April 2018 (resissued 27 April 2018). Kensington Palace on 27 April 2018 has announced that third child of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be called Louis Arthur Charles. EPA/ANDY RAIN
Prince Louis Arthur Charles (Picture: EPA)

And while there was a big question mark hanging over the little ones name as royal fans wondered how to pronounce Prince Louis, Kate has inadvertently cleared this up for us.

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Video footage of Kate and Williams wedding ceremony, on 29 April 2011, shows Kate saying Wills full name as the pair exchange vows.

So did she say Louis as in Lewis or Louis as in Loowee?

Speed through to the 4 minute 32 seconds mark to find out:

Loowee!

As Kate repeats Williams full name, she pronounces Louis as in Loowee. And as Prince Louis was named after his father, we therefore now know his name is also pronounced Loowee.

When the name is spelt Louis as opposed to Lewis, it is most common for the pronunciation to be Loowee.

Furthermore, other famous people with the name Louis have used the pronunciation Loowee, too.

Kate Middleton reveals correct Louis pronunciation on wedding day to Prince William

King Louis, singer Louis Armstrong, comedian Louis C.K., The X Factor host Louis Walsh, fashion designer Louis Vuitton, One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson and TV personality Louis Theroux all use the Loowee pronunciation and share their name with the fifth in line to the throne.

Kensington Palace released a statement on Friday revealing the new Princes spelling is Louis: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.

The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

What does the name Louis mean?

Louis can be written out in many different forms – Louis, Louie, Lewis, Luis or Lois.

It is a French name, with the French meaning being renowned warrior.

It didnt feature in the top 100 baby names of 2018 or 2017, although on the boys-only list, it sits in the 88th position this year. No doubt that is about to change.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.

The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018

What is the current line of succession to the British throne?

The following line of succession accounts for Mike and Zara Tindall's second child, due this summer.

Reigning monarch: Queen Elizabeth II (born 1926)

1st – Charles, Prince of Wales (b. 1948)

2nd – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (b. 1982)

3rd – Prince George of Cambridge (b. 2013)

4th – Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (b. 2015)

5th – Prince Louis of Cambridge (b. 23 April 2018)

6th – Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) (b. 1984)

7th – Prince Andrew, Duke of York (b. 1960)

8th – Princess Beatrice of York (b. 1988)

9th – Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1990)

10th – Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)

12th – James, Viscount Severn (b. 2007) B D W

12th – Lady Louise Windsor (b. 2003)

13th – Anne, Princess Royal (b. 1950)

14th – Peter Phillips (b. 1977)

15th – Savannah Phillips (b. 2010)

16th – Isla Phillips (b. 2012)

17th – Zara Tindall (née Phillips; b. 1981)

18th – Mia Tindall (b. 2014)

19th – Baby Tindall (due this summer)

20th – David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (b. 1961)

We are yet to have confirmation from Kensington Palace on the pronunciation of Prince Louis, who already has his own page on the Royal Familys website, but its a safer bet to go with Loowee than if you were one of the many punters who bet on Prince Albert being his name.

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