Last names are a matter of precedent rather than an official decree, so Kings and Queens of Great Britain are more than welcome to change the last names of their family whenever they please. The modern Royal family seem to adopt whatever name they prefer or what’s most convenient at a specific time. For example, Prince Harry and Prince William adopted their father’s designation as the Prince of Wales and used the surname ‘Wales’ while serving in the military.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a mini history lesson on the Royal surname story. If that’s not enough for you, why not treat yourself to a truly regal experience on our Royal London Tour? You’ll be able to see a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony as well as checking out all of the top London landmarks.