The official announcement from Kensington Palace came earlier today: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.”
“The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.”
By giving their little daughter this name, the couple are continuing a long tradition in both the Royal Family and what is cheekily known as the House of Middleton.
The feminine form of “Charles,” Charlotte means “petite,” and was therefore perhaps a fitting name for the slight of form Charlotte Bronte, the author and arguably the most famous Charlotte to date.
“An early Princess Charlotte of Wales had been an heir to the throne but died in childbirth in 1817 at the age of just 21 to the great distress of the nation,” The Telegraph reminds. “She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become King George IV, and was at the time the only legitimate grandchild of King George III.”
“Princess Charlotte’s mother, the German-born Queen Charlotte, was the wife of King George the III, who bore 15 children him. She was a great patron of the arts and helped create Kew Gardens.”
By the way, the popularity of the name has dipped in recent years, data shows.
Charlotte was ranked 21st in the Office for National Statistics girls’ names statistics of 2013, with 2,242 births. It had dropped 12 places since 2003.
However, that hadn’t stopped people from choosing the name when guessing during the week as betting firms had said they would face a huge payout if any of the heavily-backed top five names were chosen by the Cambridges.
“After punters had already correctly predicted a girl, we were praying Will and Kate would opt for anything but Charlotte, Alice or Olivia,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady. “As if Saturday’s pay-out wasn’t enough, we’ve now had to double it today making this one of the most costliest results in royal betting history.”
The betting industry is estimated to have paid out one million pounds to punters who guessed the name Charlotte, according to Ladbrokes.
Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: “Charlotte was the hot tip over the weekend and royal watchers up and down the land are quids in. We may have lost a fortune but we’re paying out with a smile and wish the Duke and Duchess all the best.”
Meanwhile, outside Kensington Palace, royal fans have been giving their reaction to the just revealed name.
One the fans said the chosen name demonstrated William and Kate were in touch with popular modern names, adding: “I so much wanted the name Diana to be in there somewhere. I wanted it to be Elizabeth Diana, so I think it’s lovely.”
American tourist Emily Markey, 21, said she was particularly pleased with the name.
“I think the name is awesome. My mum’s name is Charlotte, so go her,” she said. “I’ve always loved Princess Diana so I’m really pleased.”
Student Jemma Large, 19, from Milton Keynes, said: “I think Charlotte is a nice modern name, and I like the homage to Diana. Obviously the name Elizabeth is nice for the Queen too, so I really like it. I think it is a good choice.”