We have a name for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s newborn princess! “The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge,” Kensington Palace announced on Twitter, and the full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. She will be fourth in line for the throne, just after her older brother, Prince George, and before her uncle, Prince Harry.
By naming their new baby Princess Charlotte, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are continuing a long tradition in both the Royal Family and what is cheekily known as the House of Middleton.
The feminine form of “Charles,” Charlotte means “petite,” and was therefore perhaps a fitting name for the slight of form Charlotte Bronte, the author and arguably the most famous Charlotte to date.
An early Princess Charlotte of Wales had been an heir to the throne but died in childbirth in 1817 at the age of just 21 to the great distress of the nation.
She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become King George IV, and was at the time the only legitimate grandchild of King George III.
Princess Charlotte’s mother, the German-born Queen Charlotte, was the wife of King George the III, who bore him 15 children. She was a great patron of the arts and helped create Kew Gardens.
The Duchess also has a Charlotte in her ancestry, through her father Michael Middleton’s mother’s line.
Her great-great-great-grandmother was Charlotte Ablett, born in 1825 and therefore possibly named for Princess Charlotte, who went on to marry Edward Glassborrow and died in 1900.
Baby Charlotte was born on Saturday morning at 8:34 a.m. London time, weighing 8lb 3oz. We got our first glimpse of her later that day with her adoring parents in front of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. Since Kate’s pregnancy was announced last year, Brits had been betting on names for the second royal baby; according to English betting house Ladbrokes, the most bet-upon names for girls included Alice, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Alexandra, and Victoria.
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