Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, called more often by her maiden name Kate Middleton, has finally given birth to the royal baby, a little girl. Weighing in at eight pounds, three ounces, the tiny baby entered the world at 8:34 a.m. on May 2.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 3, 2015
The world continues to wait with bated breath to learn what name will be given to the royal baby. Time reports that royal babies are typically named for ancestors and relatives. It’s a fair bet the name Diana has been considered for the baby since the late Princess Diana was Prince William’s mother.
Speaking of betting, one round of wagers has been completed as those who bet the royal baby would be a girl are celebrating right now. The focus now has turned to betting on what name the royal baby will be given. CNN states that top contenders for the new baby are Alice, Charlotte, and Olivia. Some are more inclined to believe, and hope, that the baby princess will be called after her late royal grandmother, Princess Diana.
I hope they call the #RoyalBaby Princess Diana would be an amazing tribute to the most inspiring Princess of all time legacy would live on
— Dan Lewis (@DanielHuwLewis) May 2, 2015
It’s no secret the relationship between the royal Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, was rocky, at best. The bond between Diana and her own royal babies was tender and loving. I remember how Princess Diana was criticized for spending too much time with her children. At the time I was still a child myself, but I wondered at the criticism she faced for qualities that were genuinely caring. The following is an excerpt from a 1988 article from People.
“Despite her 180 official engagements last year throughout the United Kingdom and 17 days abroad on official trips, former kindergarten assistant Diana is very much a participatory mom. (No watching Starsky & Hutch, she has decreed—too violent.) She relishes spending time with her children, playing with them in the nursery, reading them stories (‘It’s terribly important that parents should do this,’ she said last month) and dropping them off at school many mornings.”
While Diana’s dealings with the royal family were not the best, and her marriage to Prince Charles ended in divorce, it is evident she was a loving mother, sure to be fondly remembered by her boys.
Naming the new royal baby may be a matter of ancestral history to the world, but to Kate and William it is a personal decision, one that is understandably sentimental. Why wouldn’t William want to honor the memory of his beloved mother by giving her name to his baby?
Do you think the royal baby will be named Diana? If not, which of the popular names would you choose for the new royal baby princess?
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