Confession: I slept in this morning, so when I woke it was my sister’s text alerting me to the naming of the newest British Royal Princess. Assuming today would herald the announcement, I was already excited, but when I saw the name I was beside myself: HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Kensington Palace said “The names speak for themselves” and this is entirely true.

Interestingly, both Charlotte and Elizabeth are names on both sides of the family, so the Cambridges are not just honoring the British Royal family–they’re honoring some of the most British names of the past 200+ years! Charlotte nods to Charles, of course, while Elizabeth is a given (although I figured they wouldn’t give her The Queen’s name as a first name, because that’s a heavy mantle to hold, especially when she’s not in direct line for the throne). The fact that Diana is included as a name almost made me cry; naturally the Cambridges wouldn’t have given her Diana as a first name (again, heavy mantle), but it’s such a lovely tribute to William’s mother to have her first granddaughter use her name.

Charlotte is also Pippa Middleton’s middle name while Elizabeth is both The Duchess of Cambridge’s and her mother Carole’s middle name.

I am much more a fan of this name than of George’s (sorry, buddy), and am delighted by the selection. Even my dad said, “Wow, that’s like six birds with one stone.” “It could be more like ten birds with one stone,” I replied. So well done, Your Royal Highnesses, and welcome to Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the world is so excited to watch you grow!

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