It was announced today that William and Kate have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. (Under previous Letters Patent, she would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor, as the style and title of Prince was only eligible for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, i.e., George, but Queen Elizabeth issued new Letters Patent in December 2012 that extended princely titles to all of William and Kate’s children.)
William and Kate impressively managed to honor several family members with Charlotte’s names:
- Charlotte is a feminine form of Charles (William’s father), but it is also the middle name of Kate’s sister Pippa (and the name of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of Great Britain);
- Elizabeth is Kate’s middle name, Kate’s mother Carole’s middle name, and the first name of both the Queen and her mother (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother);
- Diana honors William’s mother.
(And on a personal note, as I mentioned in my previous post, Charlotte is also my mother’s name, so it’s a little extra special for us.)
Long live Princess Charlotte!