Tribute to Mum: Prince William and Princess Kate Name Their Baby Girl Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Welcome to the world, Princess Charlotte!
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,” reads a statement from Kensington Palace. “The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.”
When a friend of William and Kate’s pondered to PEOPLE about baby names, it was suggested that it “will be interesting to see how ‘political’ they are.”
The proud parents have chosen to represent the baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, 66, by going for the female version of his name. And they have managed to include William’s late mother, Diana, which will be a popular choice with friends and admirers of her legacy.
Rosa Monckton, a close friend and confidante to the late Princess of Wales, took to social media to share how she feels about the name choice.
And to boot, Will and Kate have added the ultimate nod to great-granny and reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
Charlotte is also Kate’s sister Pippa’s middle name.
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There have been several noteworthy Charlottes in English royal history. The most famous perhaps is Princess Charlotte of Wales, the publicly beloved daughter of King George IV, who would have become queen of the United Kingdom if she had not died in childbirth in 1817. (Her death would eventually pave the way for Queen Victoria.)
Other royal Charlottes include Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III and their eldest daughter, Charlotte Princess Royal.
Another famous Charlotte? Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky daughter, Charlotte.
Royals to have the name Elizabeth include Will’s great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, and the Duchess of Cambridge herself. It is both Kate and her mother Carole Middleton’s middle name, too.
Perhaps the most famous royal with the name is Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who ruled from 1558 until 1603.
The new princess also shares her name with William’s late mother, who died on August 31, 1997. The memory of William’s mother is very close to the couple’s hearts. He gave Princess Diana’s engagement ring to Kate when he proposed.
The couple, who celebrated their fourth anniversary Wednesday, also live at Kensington Palace, where William was raised. And one of Diana’s close friends, Julia Samuel, is a godparent to Prince George.
“Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34 a.m. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” Kensington Palace Tweeted.