Twins who share regal name link with royal baby

Roy and his wife Lorna with regally named twins Louis and George.
Roy and his wife Lorna with regally named twins Louis and George.

The arrival of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge on July 22 created great excitement for royalists across the country but for the Dreaning family in Donaghcloney, it was the royal baby’s name which created a buzz of a regal nature.

George and Louis Dreaning became royal namesakes when William and Kate decided to name their baby boy after three former kings.

The Donaghcloney twins’ mum, Lorna, explained that they’d deliberately given their boys, now seven, regal names. The parents’ name choices are likely to show they were ahead of the trend, as the name ‘George’ is expected to make a comeback with new parents.

“George is George Henry and Louis is Louis Charles. They were specifically named after kings. Their sister (Joy) was studying history when they were born and was very interested in the kings.”

The twins’ father Roy added, “We wanted to give them very special names because they were so special to us. They still are. It was a shock that we were having twins, but a very pleasant shock.

“If it had been triplets we were thinking of calling them Huey, Dewey and Louis, but I don’t think that would have had the same regal ring to it.”

As well as George and Louis, Lorna and her husband Roy, a pastor at Queen Street Methodist Church in Lisburn, have three other children - Joy (23), Tom (22) and Timothy (14).

Lorna said, “The boys were very excited to have the same names as the new Prince. They’ve been very interested to see how the baby is doing.”

The identical twins were born one minute apart and Lorna admitted there were times when she can’t always tell the pair apart.

“We don’t always get it right,” she said. “There’s time when one of them comes into the room on his own and I’ve no idea which one it is.

“As they get older they’re developing traits which help tell them apart. For example one kicks with their left foot while the other kicks with his right.”

However, she revealed the task of knowing who is who has been made easier of late. “At the moment it’s easy to tell them apart as Louis has chicken pox. George had it a week ago,” explained Lorna.

George and Louis go to Donaghcloney Primary School where they will be going into primary four next academic year.