As with his grandfather above, he would have reigned either as King Ernest or taken the name of a predecessor.
In the 20th century, three kings assumed regnal names in place of their given names ie. Albert Edward became Edward VII, David became Edward VIII, Albert became George VI so that may well have been the same tradition followed by those earlier examples.
Both Edward VII, the VIII and George VI and these names in their full names, though they were known as Bertie or David.
Ernest August (of Hannover) had just these 2 names.
Is there a precedent that a king would choose a name he did not have at baptysm ?
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