William and Kate have named their baby daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace has announced.
Kensington Palace said in a short statement: “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.”
Charlotte is likely to be a tribute to William’s father the Prince of Wales, as it is the feminine form of the name Charles.
And the middle names of the princess obviously recognise her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and her grandmother Diana, teh late Princess of Wales.
The name Charlotte had been a favourite with the bookies during the week but in the last few days had been pushed into second place by Alice.
The betting industry is estimated to have paid out £1m to punters who guessed the name Charlotte, according to Ladbrokes.
Royal fan Munever Halil, from Catford in south east London, said the name Charlotte showed William and Kate were in touch with popular modern names.
The 52-year-old, who spent several hours outside Kensington Palace trying to catch a glimpse of the family, said: “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.
“Any name will suit them because they are lovely kids. It’s perfect.
“I loved Lady Diana and I feel sad she is not here to see her two grandchildren.”
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.
“I’ve always loved Princess Diana so I’m really pleased.”
William’s uncle Earl Spencer tweeted his approval of the names.
“Perfect names. My 2-year old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing. Is at an age where thinks world revolves around her!”
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