Meet Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Publish Date
Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 6:09AM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

In a touching tribute, the little girl, who was born on Saturday, has been named in honour of her grandfather, her grandmother and her great-grandmother.

Kate and William revealed the name of the newborn princess on Twitter early this morning, ending the frenzy of speculation and betting.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had wanted to inform the Queen personally before making the announcement.

A princess called Charlotte - a name that is French in origin - is a nod to her grandfather, the Prince of Wales.

William has spoken of his deep respect for his father and the amount of time the prince commits to his charitable work. "I just really hold him in great admiration," the Duke has said.

The Prince of Wales strove to protect William and Prince Harry following the death of their mother Diana Princess of Wales and backed them as they have worked to honour her memory through their charitable connections.

They, in turn, accepted and supported him when he married Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

William is protective of his father, defending him against criticism he has often faced. Naming his daughter after the prince will be seen as a clear public demonstration of his love of Charles.

Charlotte, who was born on Saturday at St Mary's Hospital in London weighing 3.7kg, is also named after Kate's sister Pippa Middleton, who has Charlotte as her middle name. In French, it means "petite" and "feminine" or "free man".

In royal history, George IV named his only child Charlotte, but she died in childbirth at 21. George III's wife was Queen Charlotte, who was born 1744.

The princess' middle names homour two women in William's life whom he greatly admires.

Many thought it likely that William and Kate would use the name Diana, though it has probably been used as one of the baby's middle names to avoid comparisons with her late grandmother.

The Duke places great importance on honouring her memory, having already used Diana's sapphire and diamond engagement ring when he proposed to Kate.

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.

There is no protocol which says the monarch needs to be consulted about the name of a newborn in the family, and senior royal sources stressed she has no expectation of being informed in person before the princess's name is made public.

However, William, who has grown especially close to his grandmother in recent years, apparently decided to afford her the honour when they met in Sandringham.

Today, the newborn was reportedly set to meet 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.

They had introduced the little girl - the most senior royal princess to be born for 65 years - to her brother George and to their families yesterday.

The newborn may herald a new generation in the monarchy, but it is customary for royals to look to their past for name ideas. The repetition of names in each generation is at least partly an effort to preserve the continuity of one of the world's oldest institutions.