Even as they faced a barrage of camera flashes, the beaming Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
were in their own world, gazing tenderly down at their newborn daughter outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
As the 10-hours-old Princess Charlotte slept peacefully in a white blanket and tiny knit hat, blessedly oblivious to the brouhaha around her, the flashes glinted off the sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring on her mother’s finger — the same one that had once belonged to Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Princess Diana in 1983. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
This symbolizes Kate Middleton’s promise — that her first daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, born May 2, will be raised in a way that would have made the People’s Princess proud. “Diana’s legacy will live on,” Paul Burrell, Diana’s former butler, gushes to Closer. “But I am so pleased they did not choose Diana as her first name. Those would be impossible shoes to fill.”
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Instead, William and Kate made a wise decision to call their newborn Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. “Charlotte is the middle name of Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and the female version of Charles, the name of William’s father and Diana’s brother,” notes Burrell. Elizabeth, of course, is the name of the baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
And then, there’s “Diana.” “Using Diana’s name is very clearly William’s way of honoring his mother and making sure she won’t be forgotten,” Katie Nicholl, the author of Kate: The Future Queen, tells Closer.
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