The royal baby has a name. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana," Kensington Palace announced on Twitter. "The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge." The name, of course, appears to honor Prince William's father, grandmother, and mother. In terms of Britons making bets on the name, Charlotte had been the favorite for a while but was recently replaced by Alice. Both Elizabeth and Diana had also been popular guesses, the AP reports. Last time around, Wills and Kate also took two days to announce Prince George's name. Earlier, a royal aide told People the couple was "talking [names] through with their family," and another palace source noted that there was no protocol requiring them to tell Queen Elizabeth the name in person before announcing it: "Obviously family is very important to them and they are speaking to everyone, but they don't have to see the Queen." More updates on the royal babe:
- Charlotte was honored with a gun salute today at 2pm in London, with soldiers on horseback firing dozens of volleys from Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
- The baby has met grandpa Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, both of her Middleton grandparents, and Aunt Pippa, Kensington Palace noted on Twitter yesterday. (And big brother George, of course.)
- As for Prince Harry, he released an official statement about his niece: "She is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to meet her." (He's working in Australia at the moment, the Stir notes.)
- Great-grandma may not have met Charlotte quite yet, but the queen did wear all pink in her first public outing after the baby's birth.
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