As expected, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released the name of their 8 lb., 3 oz. daughter, born on May 2nd at 8:34am BST.
Kensington Palace released the name first via email to members of the media, followed by a tweet from their official account.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 4, 2015
The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 4, 2015
Charlotte’s middle names honor her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the II, and, more poignantly, her late paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana’s younger brother, Charles Spencer, sent out a congratulatory tweet to his nephew and Catherine:
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!
— Charles Spencer (@cspencerbooks) May 4, 2015
The name Charlotte has a few origins. One, it’s Pippa Middleton‘s middle name. Two, Queen Charlotte was married to King George III, who bought Buckingham Palace (originally named Buckingham House) for his wife. Charlotte hailed from Germany, was a keen botanist, founded orphanages and promoted women’s education.
HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Queen Charlotte was wife of George 3td and Princess Charlotte of Wales was daughter of George 4th
— Alastair Bruce (@AlastairBruce_) May 4, 2015
The Daily Mirror speculates that Charlotte was given the feminine name of “Charles” in honor of her grandfather, the Prince of Wales.
Today, a 41 Gun Salute welcomed the new princess in Hyde Park, as did a 62 Gun Salute at the Tower of London.