Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Where Did Princess Charlotte Get Her Name?

LONDON (AP) -- It's a name that immediately evokes British royal history: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Monday announced the name they picked for Britain's newborn princess, a choice seen as a tribute to both Prince William's parents and grandmother, the queen, as well as a link to Kate's family.

The princess, the second child of William and Kate, will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials said.

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The birth of Princess Charlotte marks a new chapter for William and Kate, widely seen as the monarchy's most modern, popular couple. But the names they chose are firmly rooted in royal family history. Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, appears to be a nod to the newborn's grandfather, Prince Charles. The baby's middle names honor Queen Elizabeth II, the infant's 89-year-old great-grandmother, and the late Princess Diana, William's mother and the baby's grandmother.

Charlotte also features in Kate's family, as the middle name of her sister, Pippa Middleton.

The newborn princess is fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William and her older brother, 21-month-old Prince George.

William and Kate introduced the baby princess to the world Saturday evening, just 12 hours after Kate checked into St. Mary's Hospital in London to give birth. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces (3.7 kilograms).

Her name was warmly welcomed Monday by royal fans. Some were particularly pleased about the tribute to Diana, still remembered fondly by many. Diana, who died in 1997 at age 36, gave birth to William and Harry at the same London hospital where Charlotte was born.

"I so much wanted the name Diana to be in there somewhere," said Munever Halil, 52. "I wanted it to be Elizabeth Diana, so I think it's lovely."

Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, also approved of the choice.

"Perfect names. My 2-year-old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing," he tweeted.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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Princess of Cambridge in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn daughter on May 2, 2015 in London, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn daughter on May 2, 2015 in London, England.

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds her newly-born daughter, her second child with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as they show her to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn daughter on May 2, 2015 in London, England.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in the City of Westminster, London where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at 8.34am on 02/05/2015 weighing 8lbs 3oz.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, carries his newly-born daughter, his second child with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, helps his son Prince George of Cambridge out of a car as they return to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. 

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attempts to walk with his son Prince George of Cambridge as they return to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge , carrying his son Prince George of Cambridge returns to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge outside St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

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Queen Elizabeth II sits in the back seat of a Range Rover as she leaves Kensington Palace, after meeting her great granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Cambridge who was born on Saturday at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington west London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Carole Middleton and Pippa Middleton arrive at Kensington Palace the day after the birth of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge's daughter at Kensington Palace on May 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge's father Michael Middleton leaves Kensington Palace, London, after visiting his baby granddaughter.
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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, waves as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. The Duke is going to pick up his son, Prince George.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, waves as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. The newly-born Princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the British throne.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge outside St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in the City of Westminster, London where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at 8.34am on 02/05/2015 weighing 8lbs 3oz.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge outside St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in the City of Westminster, London where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at 8.34am on 02/05/2015 weighing 8lbs 3oz.

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Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Richmond Castle to attend the amalgamation parade of The Queen's Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers. The Queen looks lovely in pink to celebrate her new great-granddaughter.

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It's official: An easel is placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl.

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An easel is placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl.

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Thousands of well-wishers gather in front of Buckingham Palace before the announcement of the birth of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge's second child on May 2, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. The baby girl arrived at 8:34am Saturday and is the fourth in line to the throne and the Queen's fifth great-grandchild.

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Two-year-old Fleur Burrows waves the Union Jack flag, joining thousands of people in front of Buckingham Palace after the announcement of the birth of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge's second child outside Buckingham Palace on May 2, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge delivered the baby girl at 8:34am Saturday and she is the fourth in line to the throne and the Queen's fifth great-grandchild.

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A message that reads 'It's a girl' revolves on an electronic screen at the top of the BT Tower in London on May 2, 2015 to herald the birth of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's second child.

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An easel is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the announcement that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34am this morning, weighing 8lbs 3 oz who will be fourth in line to the throne.

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Town crier Tony Appleton makes an announment of the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's second child, a daughter, outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

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A Town crier announces the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, a daughter on April 29, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess gave birth at 8.34am and the baby weighed 8lbs and 3oz.

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Town crier Tony Appleton holds a scroll as he makes an announcement of the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's second child, a daughter, outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced.

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Royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 after the news is passed that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's second child, a daughter, was born. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced.

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Media gather at the Lindo Wing after it was announced that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has gone into Labour and is at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess is expecting her second child soon.

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Children scooter by as police patrol at the Lindo Wing after it was announced that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has gone into Labour and is at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. The Duchess is expecting her second child soon.

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Media gather at the Lindo Wing after it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into Labour at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth at the Lindo wing sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Media gather outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted in the early stages of labour.

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Media gather at the Lindo Wing after it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into Labour at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth at the Lindo wing sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Policemen wait outside the Lindo Wing after it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into Labour at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth at the Lindo wing sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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Baby name publicity stunt outside The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on May 1, 2015 in London, England.

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Royal well wishers wait outside the Lindo Wing of St Marys Hospital ahead of the Royal birth at St Mary's Hospital on April 17, 2015 in London, England.

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Earlier Monday, Westminster Abbey's bells pealed and gun salutes were fired across London in honor of the newborn princess. In a display of traditional pageantry, dozens of deafening volleys were fired from Hyde Park and the Tower of London to mark the occasion.

The royal couple had kept the world guessing about the baby's name until after both sets of grandparents got a chance to visit Kensington Palace on Sunday to meet their granddaughter.

Bookmakers face a large payout - Charlotte had been a front-runner, alongside other guesses.

"Charlotte was the hot tip over the weekend," said Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge, who estimated that the industry may lose 1 million pounds ($1.51 million) over the name. "We may have lost a fortune, but we're paying out with a smile and wish the duke and duchess all the best."

Another bookmaker, William Hill, said they were relieved because their top bet had been Alice. Spokesman Rupert Adams said 5,096 bettors correctly guessed the name and his firm would pay out just over 100,000 pounds ($151,100).

Britain's royal history includes several Charlottes, a name originating from French, but most lived at least 200 years ago. Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, was a keen botanist and founded London's Kew Gardens. Born in 1744, the queen had 15 children - including one Princess Charlotte, who grew up to marry a German duke.

George IV also named his only child Charlotte in 1796, but she died in childbirth at the age of 21 in 1817, leading to a mass outpouring of grief in Britain.

But royal historian Hugo Vickers said he believed William and Kate probably didn't choose the first name based on distant history.

"To be honest, I think they just chose the name because they liked it, which is what they do and what we respect about them," he said.

The new princess will be formally christened in the coming weeks, potentially in the same chapel at St. James's Palace, like her brother. Her godparents will likely be announced on the morning of the christening.

William and Kate are staying at London's Kensington Palace for now, but in the coming days they are expected to return to their country home near the queen's Sandringham estate, 120 miles (190 kilometers) north of London.

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The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era 13-pounder field gun during a 41 gun royal salute to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges second child in London on May 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era 13-pounder field gun during a 41 gun royal salute to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges second child in London on May 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era 13-pounder field gun during a 41 gun royal salute to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges second child in London on May 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era 13-pounder field gun during a 41 gun royal salute to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges second child in London on May 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A Town Crier makes the announcement that Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Town crier Tony Appleton makes an announment of the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's second child, a daughter, outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A Town Crier makes the announcement that Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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When they became husband and wife!

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When they presented Prince George to the world.

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When William's team won the Foundation Polo Challenge, Kate gave him a kiss on the cheek.

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This impromptu hug when William beat Kate in a boat race.

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At the premiere of 'African Cats,' when William held the umbrella for Kate.

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When Wills helped Kate with her sweatshirt.

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The day after their wedding, when they held hands as they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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When William helped Kate into her seat during the Olympics. Hey, wedges are treacherous!

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When they celebrated a big win for the UK!

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When Prince William read Kate's nametag as she rested her hand on his knee.

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When doting Prince William led his wife from the hospital, just after they announced she was pregnant.

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When they had this adorable moment with George.

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When William presented Kate with a flower in Australia.

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When William felt the need to help Kate with her handprint-making.

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How William always looks back and waits for Kate to catch up.

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When they had fun (and were clearly overheated!) during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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When they couldn't stop laughing during an engagement at Prince Edward island, Canada.

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When Kate and William led the family to church on Christmas morning in 2013, holding hands.

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When Kate beat William in a boat race. (They race a lot of boats!)

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When they showed us that they have the most PERFECT FAMILY EVER.

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