For more than six decades, Prince Charles has loyally (and patiently) waited first in line to the British throne — longer than any other heir in royal history. Thanks to a historical quirk, however, when the Prince of Wales does finally assume the throne, he may not be known as Charles III.
“It’s quite possible that he might choose one of his other names: Philip, Arthur or George,” former palace spokesman, Dickie Arbiter, tells PEOPLE. (His full name is Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.)
“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.
“Edward VII’s first name was Albert, but he chose his second name, Edward.”
Confused? While Charles III is by no means out of the running, Arbiter suggests the prince may just as easily call himself King George VII “in deference to his grandfather and in recognition of his mother, the Queen.”
Out of his other names, Arthur is simply too overloaded with stories of Merlin and the round table, while there has never been a King Philip in Britain — or anywhere else, apart from Spain and Belgium.
Arbiter also notes the checkered history of the first person named Charles to sit on the British throne — Charles I, who was executed in 1649 following the English Civil War.
His son, Charles II, was invited to reclaim the throne in 1660 and proved to be one of the more enlightened Kings in British history.
“Charles II was a patron of the arts, like Prince Charles is,” adds Arbiter. “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.”
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Source:: People.com – Royal News