The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially announced the name of the newest member of their family. The announcement was made via e-mail and Twitter early this morning. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on Saturday amid much fanfare. The princess was born in the same private wing of London hospital as her brother, Prince George. The newborn princess’ gender had been kept secret until her birth.
The Duchess of Cambridge had a short and uncomplicated labor. They arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital in the early morning hours of Saturday. The princess was born just a few short hours later, and the Duke and Duchess headed back to their home by the late afternoon. All told, the entire process took around 12 hours, remarkably fast for a labor and delivery. Before heading home, the Duchess and Duke showed off their newest bundle of joy, and an easel with the announcement was placed on the lawn of Kensington Palace. It is tradition for the new parents to wait a few days to reveal the name of the newest royal.
In the lead up to her birth, bookmakers took a slew of bets on the potential name for the newest member of the royal family. On their website AnastasiaDate.us it was noted that of the bets taken, nearly 70% were girls names. Alice and Charlotte were favorites among betters, though Alice failed to appear anywhere in the name. Other favorites included Charlotte, Elizabeth and Victoria. Shortly after the child’s birth rumor spread that the young princess would carry the name Olivia. Allegedly, Olivia is a name that the Princess of Wales had considered for Prince Harry if he had been a girl.