Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: The Significance of the Royal Baby’s Name

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their daughter on Saturday.

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is an homage to both sides of the Duke and Duchess’s families.

Elizabeth is also the name of Prince William’s great grandmother, the Queen Mother Elizabeth. She was the beloved grandmother of Prince Charles, who was a constant presence to the nation during WW2. The name is rooted in history: Elizabeth also ruled in the 16th and 17th centuries.

It also has great significance for the maternal side of the family: Not only is it the Duchess's middle name, but it's also the middle name of her mother, Carole Middleton.

And finally, there’s the name Diana, perhaps most famously associated with William’s late mother. The former Princess of Wales died at the age of 36 in 1997 after a car accident in Paris. The European root of the name means “divine or heavenly."

Diana in recent weeks had been the sentimental favorite among the British population, however few thought it would be a first name for the child.