Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Royal Names

Whenever an American hears his middle name, it almost invariably means he is in serious trouble with his parents. When I learned that the Prince of Wales’ full name is Charles Phillip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor, I thought, if I’d ever heard one of my parents yell that at me when I was a kidster, I would jump on my tricycle and seek asylum at the nearest foreign embassy.

Prince Charles’ younger brother is, properly speaking, Andrew Arthur Chalres Edward. He’s a helicopter pilot; does that mean he’s an ace?

Kate Middleton’s soon-to-be husband is William Phillip Arthur Louie. Does that mean inside, he’s really a pal?

Then there’s Prince Henry, who is William Charles Arthur David. Hope that doesn’t mean he’s a cad.