Date
20 January 2017
William and Kate show off their newborn daughter,  Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Photo: BBC News
William and Kate show off their newborn daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Photo: BBC News

British princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

William and Kate, Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, BBC News reported.

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is fourth in line to the throne, after her grandfather Prince Charles, her father and her brother, Prince George.

She was born Saturday at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.7kg).

The name Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, has a long royal pedigree and became popular in the 18th century.

King George III bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife, Queen Charlotte, to use as a family home. It became known as the Queen’s House and is now Buckingham Palace.

Charles is the name of two former kings and of the Prince of Wales, the princess’s grandfather.

Charlotte also has more recent connections for the royal couple.

On the duchess’s side, it is the middle name of her sister Pippa Middleton, and on the duke’s it is the name of his cousin Charlotte Spencer, Earl Spencer’s youngest daughter.

The earl tweeted: “Perfect names. My 2-year old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing.”

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show Charlotte is the 21st most popular girl’s name in England and Wales.

Elizabeth, the name of the queen, the new princess’s great-grandmother, is 39th on the list, but Diana, the name of Charlotte’s grandmother, is no longer in the top 100.

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