Twitter wants the royal baby’s name to be a One Direction shoutout

Louis Arthur Charles...


Christine Friar


Published Apr 27, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 5:18 pm CDT

After holding the world in suspense all week, England’s royal family announced the name of its newest member Friday morning: Louis Arthur Charles.

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The name (pronounced Louie, not Lewis) is a nod to Prince Charles’ great-uncle and mentor Louis Mountbatten, who was killed in 1979. It’s been called “a sentimental choice,” though the name also appears in 4-year-old Prince George’s name and babydaddy Prince William’s name too—it’s safe to say Mountbatten was a popular relative.

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The royal infant’s name trended worldwide on Twitter all morning, with a significant number of people wondering if maybe (just maybe) Kate Middleton‘s inspiration was One Direction-related. There are press photos of her meeting Louis Tomlinson, after all.

Here are some of the best reactions:


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Our long agonizing wait is finally over.

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*First Published: Apr 27, 2018, 10:32 am CDT