'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'To talk of many things: Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax — Of cabbages — and kings — And why the sea is boiling hot — And whether pigs have wings.' The Walrus and the Carpenter By Lewis Carroll
I love poetry, and any excuse for a bit of Lewis Carroll… ? Okay, the connection between the verse above and this post is tenuous; in fact, it's wafer-thin, so if you dislike poetry, you may have to excuse me. (The connection is that the verse contains the word 'kings'. Ahem.)
Her Brittanic Majesty is Queen Elizabeth II. The II (two) is her regnal number, and the entire monicker, Elizabeth II, is her regnalname. All monarchs choose a regnal nameupon ascension to their throne. As far as I know, the tradition is pretty much universal right across the world. But–how do these rulers choose their regnal name? Are monarchs free to choose their names? Are regnal names and numbers limited solely to monarchs? (Hint: they're not.)
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