Princess Charlotte Meets the Queen
Princess Charlotte had a very busy day. A Kensington Palace rep announced, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte.” The Duke signed the birth register listing his occupation as Prince of the United Kingdom. His daughter’s occupation? Princess of the United Kingdom. Her official title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. She better start practicing how to spell all that for preschool.
But first, more importantly she met her great-grandmother, The Queen. Anticipation had been built before her birth over names. Would they used Elizabeth? Diana? They did both. Its no secret that Diana had a frosty relationship with her mother-in-law, and that the Queen was hardly the picture of warmth after Diana’s tragic death, so it was a slight surprise that William would join them together when naming his daughter. It was a nod to both women and their importance in British history and also in his life.
The Queen had been away on official business when Princess Charlotte was born. She was visited her namesake yesterday afternoon at Kensington Palace staying for about a half hour. Before that she had appeared wearing all pink making many royal watchers wonder if the Queen was celebrating her great-granddaughter or if it was a coincidence. I say she was celebrating.
The Duke will be taking a two week paternity leave while the Duchess will have a more extended leave. There are plans for the family to visit their residence on the Sandringham estate before William goes back to work. In the meantime, Princess Charlotte has made royal watchers very happy with a name that honors both her great-grandmother, the Queen, and her beloved grandmother, Princess Diana.
Princess Diana had always spoken of wanting a little girl and former secretary Patrick Jephson was pleased with the name saying that William and Harry refer to her frequently and called the name and honor that will ensure Diana’s legacy lives on.