The name of the Princess of Cambridge has finally been revealed to the world as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Kate was admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, giving birth two-and-a-half hours later.
News of the baby’s birth was announced, with people chanting ‘Princess! Princess!’ outside the Lindo Wing.
At around noon, a framed certificate signed by Kate’s medical team was placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace with the same words.
The baby girl, who arrived around one week late, is three pounds lighter than her big brother was when he was born.
William and Kate’s new daughter, a younger sister for Prince George, is fourth in line to the throne.
Their baby girl was named in honor of her grandfather, her grandmother and her great-great-grandmother.
Announcing the name in a statement this afternoon, Kensington Palace said, “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.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly decided on a name for their daughter shortly after the birth but wanted to inform the Queen personally before it was publicly released.
Today, the newborn met her great-grandmother, the Queen, when the family left Kensington Palace to embark on a new life in Norfolk, where the monarch is in residence.
People speculated for weeks that the name Alice was the favorite, but recently the name Charlotte (feminine form of Charles) was rumored to be their pick.
Charlotte is also the middle name of Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton.
The princess’s middle name Elizabeth is in tribute to the Queen. And of course Diana is the name of William’s late mother, the Princess of Wales.
Kate’s mother Carole and her sister Pippa were first to get to see the baby girl. They drove through the gates of Kensington Palace at 11.31am yesterday and did not leave until after 6 pm.
Charles drove himself down from Highgrove to meet the granddaughter he had so desperately wanted.
Charles has openly spoken of his hope that his son and daughter-in-law would produce a granddaughter, saying last year, “I hope it will be a girl this time.”
Prince Harry has said he ‘can’t wait’ to meet his newborn baby niece. He is on his secondment in Australia.
William and Kate remained behind closed doors yesterday but were keen to pass on their thanks for the thousands of messages of goodwill they have received.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said in a statement, “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.”
William and Kate have made clear that the hospital photo opportunity will be their daughter’s last appearance for quite some time.
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