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Meet Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The fourth in line to the British throne has been given a name full of meaning

By Andrea Tim | Published: 5 May 2015

Princess Charlotte
Photo: kensingtonroyal/Twitter

Shortly after royal baby number two was given a 41 royal gun salute at Hyde Park on Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, announced their daughter's very lovely name.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana," read a tweet from Kensington Palace. "The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge."

Charlotte is a moniker that has been widely used in British history. More significantly, it is the feminine form of Charles, the name of her grandfather, the Prince of Wales.

Her middle name, Elizabeth, needs little introduction. It was given in honour of her great-grandmother, the reigning Queen Elizabeth II, who in September will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest serving monarch. Kate and her mother Carole also have Elizabeth as their middle names.

Lastly, giving his daughter the third name Diana is another way for William to keep his late mother close to the family. In 2010, he proposed to Kate with Diana's engagement ring.

Kensington Palace officials reported that Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. Middleton and Pippa Middleton have all visited the little princess. The two-day old baby has yet to meet her uncle, Prince Harry and her grandmother the Queen. According to The Telegraph, Princess Charlotte is likely to meet the Queen for the first time today, if not later.

Related: It's a girl!


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