Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their newborn princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana into the royal family this past week.
Charlotte was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday, May 2nd. The baby is fourth in line to the British Throne, behind Prince Charles, William, and her big brother George.
Shortly after giving birth, Duchess Kate was glowing outside of the hospital, holding the newborn princess, standing alongside a smiling Prince William.
Duchess Kate Middleton holding newborn Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, standing alongside a smiling Prince William.
There was initially widespread speculation as to the name of the newborn royalty, with a debate over whether she should be named Charlotte or Alice. William and Kate decided on Charlotte, which has received worldwide praise and approval.
The princess’s name not only pays tribute to both sides of the family, but also promotes the continuity of royalty for which the monarchy is so famed.
The name Charlotte, which is the feminine form of Charles, pays tribute to Prince William’s father Charles and is coincidentally also the middle name of Duchess Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton.
Her middle name, Elizabeth, pays tribute to the history of royalty in the British family. Prince William’s grandmother and great-grandmother were both named Elizabeth, and Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain’s longest reigning monarch on September 9 of this year.
Finally, possibly the most significant tribute to the family, is Charlotte’s third name: Diana.
An emotional tribute to Prince William’s late mother, the publicly adored Princess Diana, Charlotte’s third name ensures that Diana’s memory is kept alive for the next generation of young royals.
Welcome to the world, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge!