Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge has finally been named – but did you notice the connection between Ireland and Prince William’s third child with Kate Middleton?
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” a statement from Kensington Palace read earlier this afternoon.
“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”
Though no official confirmation has been given, the name is thought to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten who was regarded as a mentor to both Prince Philip and Prince Charles.
Mountbatten was a major influence on Charles during his formative years as the Prince of Wales, offering counsel on everything from his social excursions to his love life.
More significantly still, it was Mountbatten who arranged the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Dartmouth Royal Naval College on July 22, 1939.
That trip set up the first meeting between the then 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth and Mountbatten’s nephew, Prince Philip, who entertained the Princesses while King George VI and the Queen toured the college.
(Lord Louis Mountbatten. 1900 – 1979.)
Mountbatten took pride in enhancing intercultural understanding between Britain and Ireland, and took a deep interest in Irish history.
A frequent visitor to the emerald isle, Mountbatten regularly holidayed at his summer home of Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore.
The small seaside village in County Sligo happened to be just 12 miles from the border with Northern Ireland and close to an area used as a cross-border refuge by the IRA.
In 1978, a nationalist gunman attempted to shoot Mountbatten as he was aboard his boat, Shadow V, but choppy seas prevented the sniper from lining up his target.
A year later on August 27, 1979, Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA after a radio-controlled bomb was detonated on Shadow V during a fishing trip nearby.
The explosion killed Lord Mountbatten, his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, 15-year-old crew member Paul Maxwell and the Dowager Lady Brabourne – who died the day after the attack.
(Prince Charles and Camilla at the site of Lord Mountbatten’s death in Co. Sligo.)
IRA member Thomas McMahon, who was convicted for his part in the Lord Mountbatten bombing, spent 19 years in prison before being freed in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.
In 2015, Prince Charles visited Ireland, returning to the town where the man who was “like a grandfather” to him, was killed.
“At the time I could not imagine how we could come to terms with the anguish of such a deep loss, since for me Lord Mountbatten represented the grandfather I never had,” he said at a civic reception held in Sligo during the trip.
“It seemed as if the foundations of all that we held dear in life had been torn apart irreparably,” he added.
“Through this experience, I now understand in a profound way the agonies borne by so many others in these islands, of whatever faith, denomination or political tradition.”
Naming his third son Louis in honour of Mountbatten is a touching tribute by Prince William, to a man who had a genuine affection for Ireland and left a lasting impact on his dad.
Article courtesy of : Jack Beresford. The Irish Post.