Royal Family have ‘small pool’ of names says expert
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Queen Elizabeth II has not experienced complete freedom when picking names for her children as the Monarch’s choices will have been guided by previous Royal Family names. The List reports that Royal Family names must pay tribute to history while also remaining fashionable.
The List said: “The joy of choosing a baby name is one of the most fun parts about bringing a child into the world.
“Sadly, Queen Elizabeth has never had the freedom to name her children as most people have.
“The Queen is mother to four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward and while she probably had some say in her children’s names, there are a number of traditions and restrictions that likely guided her decisions.
“Indeed, royal baby names are a pretty serious business; they have to both acknowledge history by paying respects to relatives, while also being fashionable.
“The complexities of naming a royal baby don’t stop with the first name, either, as most royal tots end up with a number of middle names, each paying homage to various relatives.”
This can be seen when looking at Queen Elizabeth II’s children’s names.
Prince Charles’ full name is Charles Philip Arthur George.
Princess Anne’s full name is Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise.
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Prince Edward’s full name is Edward Antony Richard Louis.
Earlier this month it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Matthews to her second child, Grace Elizabeth Jane Matthews.
During the Royally Obsessed podcast, royal experts Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the subtle tribute to the Kate within the baby’s name despite speculation the tribute was to Queen Elizabeth II.
Ms Bowie said: “That was a really happy surprise to hear, her second child, a daughter, Grace Elizabeth Jane.
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“I love that name, I feel like it is modern but also kind of regal, Elizabeth feels…”
Ms Fiorito interjected: “And it is Kate’s middle name.
“I believe it is most likely a nod to her sister.
“People are also saying it is a nod to Queen Elizabeth II but it is more about Kate I think.”
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