I am not sure how to read the number after the name of monarchs? For example Louis XVI. Is the only way Louis the sixteenth or is it possible Louis sixteen?

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    The man-in-the-street says "Louis the Sixteenth" or "Pope Pius the Tenth". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 31 '15 at 13:57
  • @TRomano and in my dialect, he's the man-on-the-street, but it appears I'm in the minority according to Google Ngram Viewer – ColleenV Nov 1 '15 at 16:59

The numbers that follow the names of monarchs are read with the definite article and as ordinals. In your case,

Louis XVI

is "Loo-ee the Sixteenth" (the 's' in 'Louis' is silent)

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    It's in French 'Louis' only. Since that Louis was a French king, the 's' is silent. The name of the American city St. Louis has 's' pronounced. – Victor Bazarov Oct 31 '15 at 14:02
  • You'll also see it pronounced 'seize' (french for 16 (they use sixteen not sixteenth)) in english, perhaps it is occuring more often when talking about antiquities. – Bent Sep 12 '17 at 20:25

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