Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Saturday 2nd May. The name of the princess was revealed on Monday:

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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The Queen and other senior royals, including Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, were told the name before it was revealed to the media.

But Why Charlotte?

Charlotte is the feminine version of Charles, the name of her paternal grandfather and two previous kings of England. It was also the name of the wife of king George III’s wife who was the monarch in the early 18th century.

On Charlotte’s mother’s side of the family Charlotte is also significant.  It is the middle name of Pippa Middleton, Charlotte’s aunt and Kate Middleton’s younger sister.

Charlotte was the 23rd most popular girl’s name in the UK last year.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers believes that the name Charlotte was chosen because they liked the name, rather than historical significance. He says “We historians can always find someone called Charlotte, but I think basically they just liked the name.”

The other two names are more obvious; Elizabeth after the Queen, Charlotte’s great-grandmother, and Diana after Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother, who died in a car crash in 1997

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Activities:

1) Using the information in this article draw a family tree with the following people on it: William, Kate, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Dianna, Pippa, Harry, Charles.

2) In small groups discuss these questions

– What are the most popular baby names in your country?

– How do people in your country choose baby names?

– How have fashions in names changed throughout the years? Why?