The Queen has been introduced to her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace.
In a somewhat brief meeting, the 89-year-old monarch travelled to London this afternoon just after 2.30pm to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s newborn daughter. The princess, who was born three days ago, is the Queen’s fifth great grandchild.
Yesterday, the princess’s name was finally revealed to the world as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The name Elizabeth is a touching nod to the Queen – whom Prince William deeply respects – while Diana has been used in tribute to honour the memory of William’s late mother, the Princess of Wales.
The Queen was driven to Kensington Palace this afternoon where she was introduced to her great-grandaughter, Princess Charlotte
The princess (left), who was born on Saturday, was officially introduced to the world yesterday as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. William and Kate made a brief appearance with their daughter outside the Lindo wing on Saturday (right)
The wait is finally over. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a little princess – an 8lb 3oz sister for George.
Fashion Finder was excited to catch a glimpse of the new addition to the Royal family who will no doubt follow in her fashionable mother’s footsteps. But we were just as thrilled to see the Duchess herself, absolutely glowing as she stepped out of St Mary’s Hospital.
Kate may have just given birth, but she looked as elegant and stylish as always wearing a spring fresh dress by Jenny Packham. Duchess devotees will remember that she wore a blue polka dot frock by the same designer when she left the hospital with Prince George almost two years ago and both were custom made.
Better known for her showstopping evening and bridal wear, Packham is a favourite of Kate’s and this very pretty dress with it’s loose fitting shift silhouette is a lovely choice for her first appearance with her baby daughter. The sunny floral print is a motif from Packham’s SS15 collection but as Kate’s dress is bespoke it’s not available to buy online.
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It came as Princess Charlotte’s birth was officially registered this afternoon at Westminster Register Office. The certificate was only signed by the Duke of Cambridge
William and Kate have also recognised the Duke’s father Charles – of which Charlotte is the feminine version – in the selected full name.
The monarch’s visit came as the Duke of Cambridge formally registered the birth of his baby daughter, in a near identical way to the manner in which Prince George’s birth was registered.
As with the royal birth in 2013, The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office. On the certificate, he gave his wife’s occupation as ‘Princess of the United Kingdom’.
Kate, 33, has rarely described herself as a princess, preferring to use the title Duchess of Cambridge, which was conferred on her by the Queen on her wedding day. But she is also Princess William of Wales, entitling her to be described as ‘Princess of the United Kingdom’.
The 32-year-old duke gave his occupation as ‘Prince of the United Kingdom’ rather than a helicopter pilot.
Normally, parents have to attend a register office within 42 days of a child being born. But in the case of Princess Charlotte, the deputy registrar of Westminster, Alison Cathcart, travelled to Kensington Palace.
The same registrar also visited the palace after George’s birth. She has presided over several celebrity marriages including those of Sylvester Stallone, Joan Collins, Paul McCartney, Barbara Windsor and David Walliams.
The Queen (pictured left and right) is believed to have travelled from her private estate in Norfolk for the meeting this afternoon
The meeting came three days after the little girl was born. The Queen has been in Sandringham on her estate in Norfolk over the weekend
The Queen appeared to raise a smile as she was driven to the London palace today (right). The little girl has Elizabeth as a middle name, in tribute to her great grandmother
William was given a standard certificate to register the birth of ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge’. Miss Cathcart filled it in before it was signed by the duke.
The certificate states the date and place of Charlotte’s birth – May 2 and Paddington, Westminster. William’s full name, His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Duke of Cambridge, is given, and the certificate includes Kate’s full name of Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, her birthplace as Reading and her maiden name of Middleton.
The couple’s ‘usual address’ is described as Kensington Palace, London, and the duke signed the certificate simply ‘William’.
Kensington Palace said in a brief statement: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte.
‘The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace this afternoon witnessed by a registrar from Westminster Register Office.’
Princess Charlotte’s birth register document will be kept, along with thousands of others, at the Westminster Registration Office.
Ms Cathcart said: ‘It was an honour to register the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Westminster City Council has a long history of registering royal births, including Prince George, and it’s a pleasure to formally welcome the latest addition to the family.’
The Princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born three days ago but the Queen was on royal duties. She attended a military event at Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire, on Saturday, where she was dressed appropriately in pink as William and Kate’s daughter was born.
She then spent the weekend at the Sandringham estate, where she was pictured yesterday. Now, with the election just two days away, Her Majesty is likely to have travelled back to London because she needs to be back at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s other grandchildren are Princess Charlotte’s brother Prince George, Savannah and Isla Phillips, the daughters of Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, and Mia Grace Tindell, the daughter of Zara Phillips MBE and her husband Mike Tindell.
Other members of the family have already met the new addition, including her grandfather the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, who drove down from Highgrove, the prince’s private residence in Gloucestershire,
Charles has openly spoken of his hope that his son and daughter-in-law would produce a granddaughter, saying last year: ‘I hope it will be a girl this time.’
Kate’s mother Carole Middleton, her sister Pippa and her father Michael also spent time with the newborn at Kensington Palace over the weekend.
Prince Harry, speaking from Australia where he has been working with the country’s armed forces, described his niece as ‘absolutely beautiful’ and said he could not wait to meet her.
He was informed of the baby’s safe delivery before a public announcement was made in the UK and abroad on the Kensington Palace Twitter account.
Although the Prince had hoped to be in England to greet his newest family member, duty called and he returned to Australia on Monday to resume his four-week placement with the Australian Defence Force.
Kate and William are now expected to head to Amner Hall in Norfolk, which is part of the Sandringham estate, where they are due to set up residence with their new daughter in the privacy of the sprawling estate.
The couple are expected to issue a family photograph with their daughter and 21-month-old Prince George in the coming weeks, but are otherwise expected to remain behind closed doors at their ten-bedroom property, away from the world’s media.
The couple are fiercely protective of their children’s privacy and her christening, which will be in three or four months, is likely to be the next time Princess Charlotte is seen in public. Even then, that is unlikely to be a public event, with only a handful of photographs released to the media.
Prince Charles waved as he left Kensington Palace on Sunday after spending an hour-and-a-half getting to know his new granddaughter
The Duchess of Cornwall smiled proudly for the cameras as she and Prince Charles left Kensington Palace with Prince Charles on Sunday
Kate’s father Michael Middleton arrived at Kensington Palace shortly before 2pm on Sunday to meet his granddaughter for the first time
Kensington Palace revealed the royal baby’s full name yesterday after days of speculation and close friends of Princess Diana immediately said the choice means the spirit of Prince William’s beloved mother ‘lives on’.
Kate and William sought the blessing of both the Queen and Prince Charles before announcing what they had decided to call their daughter.
Within minutes of the name being announced, Diana’s closest friend Rosa Monckton said: ‘Diana’s spirit lives on in her sons, and now her name lives on in her granddaughter #CharlotteElizabethDiana’. Diana was the godmother of Mrs Monckton’s daughter Domenica.
Royal aides told MailOnline that the baby’s second names were self-evident and would ‘speak for themselves’. As for Charlotte, they pointed out that much had been written about it being the feminine form of Charles.
Another royal source said they understood the couple simply liked the name – but admitted it was a ‘happy coincidence’ that both William’s father and mother would live on in their grand-daughter.
For William, naming his daughter after Charles will be seen as a clear public demonstration of his love for the prince.
William is protective of his father, defending him against criticism he has often faced and often speaking of his deep admiration for the amount of time the prince commits to his charitable work.
The Prince of Wales strove to protect William and Prince Harry following the death of their mother and backed them as they have worked to honour her memory through their charitable connections. They, in turn, accepted and supported him when he married Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
Charlotte is also the middle name of Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton. In French, it means ‘petite’ and ‘feminine’ or ‘free man’.
In royal history, George IV named his only child Charlotte, but she died in childbirth at 21. George III’s wife was Queen Charlotte, who was born 1744 and founded Kew Gardens. She used it instead of her given first name, Sophie.
It is customary for royals to look to their past for name ideas, the repetition in each generation an effort to preserve the continuity of one of the world’s oldest institutions. With that in mind, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to have chosen Elizabeth in tribute to the reigning Queen.
Her Majesty is held in great respect by her family and William has spoken of how she has become an even more important part of his life as he has grown older, while Kate, for her part, has forged a strong bond with the monarch since becoming a royal.
Other royals to have the name include the Queen Mother and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, who has it as her middle name. It is also Carole Middleton’s middle name.
Many thought it likely that William and Kate would use the name Diana, as a mark of respect to his mother, who always craved a daughter. The Duke places great importance on honouring her memory, having already used Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring when he proposed to Kate.
After the name was announced, historians said the selection was ‘nicely-balanced compliment’.
Historian Dr Judith Rowbotham of the University of Plymouth said: ‘By using both Charlotte and Diana, Prince William is paying tribute to both his parents. And you have got a tribute to his much-loved grandmother Elizabeth, and indeed great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother). It is a nicely balanced compliment.’
Royal historian Hugo Vickers said there would have been ‘disappointment and surprise’ if Elizabeth and Diana had not been included.
He said: ‘Queen Elizabeth will become on September 9 the longest reigning British monarch and obviously she is the great matriarch of the family, highly respected by Prince William and no doubt by Catherine too. So I think we would have been very disappointed if that name hadn’t been there and I’m sure it was always their intention to include it.’
The newest royal will be known as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The Queen brought in a rule change, brought when the Duchess was pregnant with Prince George, to allow a girl to become and HRH – Her Royal Highness. Before this, the new princess would have been given the title Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor.
Her arrival will shunt her uncle, Prince Harry, down to fifth in the order of succession. Her great uncle, Prince Andrew, will fall out of the top five for the first time to sixth.
Although she is unlikely to ever become queen, it is not unheard of for a second child in the direct line of succession to accede to the throne.
Mostly recently the Queen’s own father, King George VI, replaced his elder brother, King Edward VIII, who abdicated over his love for the ‘unsuitable’ American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Thanks to a recent change in the law, the couple’s daughter cannot be superseded in her claim to the throne by any younger brother who may yet come along.
The Succession to the Crown Act, passed in 2013, means that male heirs no longer precede their elder sisters in the line of succession
Many royal watchers had been desperately hoping for a girl – the last to be born in the direct line of succession was Princess Anne back in 1950.
Source – Dailymail