One of my favourite sayings of the moment goes like this: For every action there is an equal and opposite, plus a complete media overreaction. Which just about sums up the birth of Prince ?????? of Wales.
The Daily Mail managed to rush out its souvenir royal birth edition, devoting twenty pages to the new mouth to feed which must be a record because they didn’t name him once because he hasn’t got one yet.
I thought the odds of 250/1 on it being Prince Wayne were a bit miserly, although probably no more so than 500/1 on Rumpelstitskin. (It’s true)
But it did set me thinking about possible sobriquets that all the best royals in history. Like Lionheart, Virgin Queen, Black Prince and The Bruce (I never did get that one).
It would have to be something appropriate to the times, as well being traditional, so what with the Empire having gone west and Scotland looking to secede from the Union, how about John Lackland?
Or if he takes after his dad and granddad in the tonsorial department, perhaps Idwal the Bald would be more in keeping since he was Welsh to boot.
Other I quite like for their silliness are Ivaylo the Cabbage, John the Careless, Otto the Crazy, Robert Short Stockings and Ragnar Hairy Breeches, but these possibilities are probably ruled out because they were foreign royals and there is no way that Daily Mail would put up with royals who weren’t born in England.
Well apart from the Saxe-Coburgs, William the Bastard, Henry II, Edward II, Henry V, Charles I, William III…..
Anyway, here’s Wikipedia’s list of royal nicknames to choose from.