We are back with a very brief post today, but one that is a delight to write. William and Kate released the name of the new Princess of Cambridge. Word came at 3pm London time, 10am in the United States.
The couple selected three names resonating with significance.
Following, some of the historical reasons behind the names.
- the feminized version of Charles, for William’s father, Prince Charles
- Charlotte was the wife of King George III
- Pippa Middleton’s middle name
- honors HM, the Queen
- it was also the late Queen Mother’s name
- Kate and Carole Middleton’s middle name
- a touching tribute to William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales
Other facts about the names:
- “Charlotte is also the name of Earl Spencer’s youngest daughter. William has cousins Alexander, Louis & Charlotte. He’s used all 3 names.” That info is via Victoria Arbiter.
Below, some of those honored by the names. We see the Queen this past Saturday, and a December, 1982 photo of Prince Charles, Prince William and Diana.
Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shared her thoughts on Twitter on the name.
And from the British Embassy in the USA.
At the Tower of London there was a 62-gun salute fired by the Honourable Artillery Company.
More on the tradition from the Army in London Facebook page:
Bank Holiday crowds flocked to the firing sites to join in the celebrations and show their support for the baby Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Gun salutes are customarily fired for the birth of every Prince or Princess, no matter where their place is within the succession.
Here you see the guns being positioned at the Tower of London before they were fired.
There was also 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, preceded by music from the Royal Artillery Band. Our friend Mark Stewart noted the songs being played included “The Circle of Life” and “Isn’t She Lovely?”. The Army in London Facebook page noted the musicians had been up since dawn practicing special arrangements of the music “suitable to welcome the new Princess.”
There is a video on the Army in London Facebook page of the music being played.
Today was a holiday in Britain, so there were lots of people out and about enjoying the festivities.
Below, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery firing blank artillery rounds.
Why 41 and 62 rounds? (Yours truly had to undertake a little research for this one.) It turns out a basic salute is 21 rounds. For ceremonial events at the Tower of London an additional 20 rounds are fired because the Tower is designated a “Royal Palace and Fortress.” For salutes in Hyde Park (as well as Green Park) there are an extra 20 rounds, the number for Royal Parks.
It’s no easy task getting the canon into place. 53 soldiers and 71 horses pull the guns into position for today’s salute.
The name for the photo album by The Army in London is cute: “Royal Baby BOOM”
Coinciding with the Hyde Park gun salute, the bells at Westminster Abbey. There was “a full peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal on the Abbey’s ten bells.”
When Prince George was born the same peal was rung for more than three hours.
And Emma Bridgewater has announced they will be doing a Charlotte mug.
From a story in The Stoke Sentinel:
It is estimated the factory will be producing around 800 pieces a day until demand for the product falls. Expectations are around 5,000 will be made.
The Cambridges have not yet moved to their country home, Anmer Hall. They remain at Kensington Palace this evening.
- The Army in London’s full backgrounder on today’s ceremonial salutes is here
- The Royal Parks news release has much more info on the gun salutes
- The Telegraph’s story on the names is here
- The Daily Mail’s story about the significance of the names used
Monday 2nd of November 2020
Wonderful to find your article after reading all about the princess 5 years on. Thankyou to get a history about her.
Sunday 17th of May 2015
I would also add on the name Charlotte that the eldest women in the Middleton family have a name starting with "C" - Carol, Catherine and Charlotte.
Just as Elizabeth is a shared middle name - Carol Elizabeth, Catherine Elizabeth and Charlotte Elizabeth.
Diana had to be in there because the couple said they wanted two children so everyone would have been disappointed if they had a girl and didn't add Diana to her name.
Thursday 7th of May 2015
Fantastic post! But the history of the 62 gun salute is a little incorrect :) The number of rounds fired in a Royal salute depends on the place and occasion. The basic Royal salute is 21 rounds. When a Salute is fired from a Royal Palace, Fortress, or Park an extra 20 rounds are added. At the Tower of London 62 rounds are fired on Royal anniversaries: the basic 21, plus a further 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace and Fortress, plus another 21 to signify the loyalty for the City of London - not the number of parks as stated above :) 41 rounds are fired for all other occasions. Keep up the great blog! It's always a nice little break in my day!
Tuesday 5th of May 2015
I did not assume that she'd be called "Lottie" at all. I grew up with three Charlottes, none of whom were referred to as "Lottie". Two insisted on the full "Charlotte"; one went by "Char" (shar).
Wednesday 6th of May 2015
A Charlotte here -- I've always gone by Charlotte, although there is a very small group of close family who call me "Char" (which I hate from anyone but those 6 or 7 people). Closest thing to a nickname was a college friend who called me "Carlota" -- but always Charlotte. Only Charlotte.
Tuesday 5th of May 2015
I am thrilled by the name and so happy they tributed Diana in the name!!