William and Catherine’s daughter has been named: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Royal News. Ro
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as she will be known, was born at 8:34am, weighing 8lb 3oz on 2nd May. All senior members of the Royal Family were informed before it was made public.
The bookmakers’ favourite name for the couple’s second child was Alice, with Charlotte having odds of 5/4 today. Charlotte is also Pippa Middleton’s, middle name. Bookmakers are expected to pay out over £1 million to those guessing the name correctly.
Elizabeth is the name of The Queen, and also her late mother; the inclusion of ‘Elizabeth’ in the Princess’ name honours her great-grandmother in the year that she will surpass Queen Victoria’s 63-year-record on the throne. The Duchess and her mother, Carole, also share the middle name Elizabeth, making it a family name in all senses.
Diana is a nod to William’s mother, who died in 1997 in a car crash. William and Harry were 15 and 12 at the time respectively.
Charlotte will be considered by some to be a way to honour the child’s grandfather, Prince Charles, too. William’s cousin, Earl Spencer’s daughter, is also named Charlotte.
Victoria, Diana and Elizabeth (two of which feature in the Princess’ name) were also in the mix as the top names being bet on by the public.
The Queen is expected to meet her fifth great-grandchild shortly, when the family move up to Norfolk for William to begin his job as an air ambulance co-pilot. Prince Charles, Camilla and the Middletons (excluding James) met Charlotte on Sunday at Kensington Palace.
The last Princess Charlotte was Princess Charlotte of Wales, George IV’s daughter. Charlotte Augusta died in childbirth, giving born to a stillborn son in 1817. It was with her pregnancy that Royal baby betting began.
Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, is the longest reigning Queen consort of British history.
It is expected that Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will one day become the Princess Royal, when the title reverts to the Crown; currently, Princess Anne holds the title.
More news as it comes.