Prince George was set to miss out on this royal title until Queen intervened

Prince George of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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Prince George very nearly missed out on an important royal title until the Queen reportedly stepped in to change things - despite the fact he's the future king. 

Whilst Kate Middleton reportedly "set her heart" on an alternative boy's name (opens in new tab) for a son before using it as Prince George's middle name (opens in new tab), he is understood to have a very cute nickname.

And though it's believed to have been inspired by his initials P and G, he very nearly didn’t have the title ‘Prince’ at all.

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Due to a law established by the Queen’s grandfather King George V, little George was not automatically entitled to be called ‘prince’, despite being third in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab)

According to Express.co.uk, he wouldn’t be called Prince George today if the Queen hadn't stepped in. Extraordinary as it may seem, this wasn’t the first time a member of the Royal Family, sometimes called The Firm (opens in new tab), had to get involved in this way. 

Her Majesty's father King George VI had to do something similar to ensure the Queen’s own children received their titles.

Why were the Queen’s children not automatically entitled to be called Prince and Princess?

Whilst the suggestion that the Queen’s children very nearly didn’t have ‘Prince’ or ‘Princess’ or HRH titles at birth may shock royal fans, it seems it was all down to the then-Princess Elizabeth’s gender. 

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It’s said that the daughter of the sovereign could not pass the styles and titles of HRH and prince and princess onto her children like a son could, however this was all set to change. King George VI stepped in and issued Letters Patent in 1948, just before Prince Charles was born, preventing the future king from being born a commoner. 

This ensured that George VI's grandchildren would be given these titles at birth after all. Though this change did not apply to the Queen’s great-grandchildren (opens in new tab)...

Does Prince George have a title?

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s oldest child is known as HRH Prince George of Cambridge - thanks to the intervention of the Queen. She reportedly updated a royal warrant before George was born to ensure that her great-grandchild had these titles. 

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne previously told Express.co.uk that: "The Queen herself was called upon to make a similar change when it came to the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.

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"As the great-grandson of the sovereign, he, like Prince Charles before him, would have been born without royal style or title under George V’s Warrant of 1917.

"Just as her father had done it took the Queen issuing Letters Patent to remedy the situation."

Had the Queen not have got involved, it’s likely that future king, Prince George, would be known simply as Master George.

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The Queen also made a significant change with the Succession to the Crown Act 2013. This means that a female royal’s claim to the throne is no longer displaced by the arrival of a younger brother.

Princess Charlotte is therefore fourth in the line of succession, with her brother Prince Louis following behind her.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.