Prince Charles Might Change His Name to Something Totally Different When He Becomes King

Mehera Bonner
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From Cosmopolitan

Someday, hopefully no time soon because Long! Live! the! Queen!, Prince Charles will become King of England. But while you might assume he'll go down in history as King Charles (or more specifically, King Charles III), that isn't necessarily what's up.

Apparently, it's common for potential monarchs to switch things up before hopping on the throne, and Charles could start going by a completely different name.

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^ "Hey ladies. The name's Charles. Or at least, it is for now."

Former Buckingham Palace press spokesperson Dickie Arbiter (who, if you're a royal nerd like me, you'll known is the father of royal reporter Victoria Arbiter) tells Hello! that Charles could go by one of his middle names once he ascends the throne. "He might choose one of his other names Philip, Arthur, or George," Arbiter explains.

Again, as Hello! notes, Charles would hardly be the first King to make this call. In fact his grandfather King George VI was actually named Albert. And King Edward VII was also named Albert!

Um, first of all, so many Alberts. Second of all, can you imaging getting a new job and having to just casually change your identity?!

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