Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The New Princess Is Born!

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has officially been named today. She was born Saturday 5/2/2015, at 8:34 am local England time, about 3:34 America time.

Significance of the names:

Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, in honor of her grandfather, Crown Prince Charles. It had been used in England since the 17th century, with Queen Charlotte, George III’s wife. In pop culture, there is Charlotte the spider in Charlotte’s Web, and Charlotte Fairchild Branwell in the Mortal Instruments prequel series. Expect Charlotte to spike in popularity.

Elizabeth, in honor of Great Grandma Queen Elizabeth II. There were a number of royals with the name, with a variation Elisabeta in other countries. In pop culture, several actresses named Elizabeth.

Diana, in honor of The People’s Princess Diana, the mother of William and Harry. I tear up just writing her name.

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess, and here’s hoping Charlotte will live long and prosper.