Kensington Palace released Princess Charlotte’s birth certificate, which just as he did for George, William signed. As always, the birth certificate sparks a discussion about titles and names, although this time it is nowhere near as controversial as it was when George was born. In 2013, after a staffer incorrectly briefed the press that Kate was not a princess, William straightened the record and noted his wife as a “Princess of the United Kingdom” on George’s birth certificate.
No surprises this year, but this sort of event is, however, a nice opportunity to cover the basics.
What is the new Royal Baby’s Name?
William and Kate have named their first daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The little princess’s name covers a lot of bases, giving a nod to her grandfather Charles, her grandmother Carole, and her aunt Philippa Charlotte. Elizabeth is a nod to the Queen, her great-grandmother, as well her mother Catherine Elizabeth, and as has been noted, a Middleton woman tradition. Carole’s middle name is Elizabeth, too. Diana is a poignant gesture to William’s mother, the iconic Princess of Wales.
What is Charlotte’s title and how is it different from Kate’s?
Both Kate and her daughter Charlotte are princesses. Kate is a princess because she is married to William, while Charlotte is a “blood” princess, meaning she was born royal. Obviously, the difference is how they derived that status. Kate married William, and in doing so, she received all his royal styles and titles. She is Her Royal Highness (HRH) the Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Princess William, not technically Princess Kate. Charlotte is Her HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and can be correctly denominated Princess Charlotte, just like Princess Beatrice or Princess Eugenie, or even The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.