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Royals Don't Use Last Names So What Will Prince George Be Called In School?

Prince George just started his first day of school!
PHOTO: Instagram/kensingtonroyal

It seems like it was only yesterday when Prince George was adorably pressing his face against an airplane window; now, he's starting school! Prince William accompanied the four-year-old cutie:

And here's a shot of the little prince looking chill and unfazed:


Prince George's official title is "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge." While everyone probably dreams of being addressed in a similar way, it doesn't really roll off the tongue. So what would his teachers and classmates call him? 

For obvious reasons, royals don't use or even need last names—they're famous enough. In 1917, King George V changed the house name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. To this day, the royal family is still called the House of Windsor, so technically, "Windsor" is the royal last name. 

But in 1947, Princess Elizabeth changed it up when she married Prince Philip, whose last name was "Mountbatten." When her father died, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip became the Duke of Edinburgh. In 1960, the two made the decision to differentiate their branch from the rest of the royal family; they wanted their descendants to carry the last name "Mountbatten-Windsor."

Members of the royal family also have the option of carrying "territorial" last names. When Prince William and Prince Harry served in the military, they carried "Wales" as their last name because Prince Charles is the Prince of Wales. 

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And it looks like Prince George will do the same; as the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he'll be called "George Cambridge."

Sources: CNN, Insider

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