Princess Charlotte
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Full name
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Born 2 May 2015 (age 5)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
House Windsor
Father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Mother Catherine Middleton
Religion Church of England
The Royal Family of the
United Kingdom
and the
other Commonwealth realms
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HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; born 2 May 2015) is a member of the British royal family. She is the second child and only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is fourth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Announcement Edit

On 8 September 2014, Clarence House announced that the Duke and Duches of Cambridge were expecting the birth of their second child.[1] They later confirmed that the child was due in late April 2019.[2][3]

The Duke and Duchess were expected to officially open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building, a Chinese Studies centre at the University of Oxford on 8 September,[4] but, due to the Duchess being treated for acute morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) at Kensington Palace, she was unable to accompany the Duke at the opening ceremony.

Birth and baptism Edit

Princess Charlotte was born at 08:34 AM on 2 May 2015 in Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London. At birth she weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.71 kg).[5] Several landmarks were illuminated pink to mark the birth, including: Tower Bridge,[6] the London Eye, and the Trafalgar Square fountains, on 3 May, followed by gun salutes at Hyde Park and the Tower of London on 4 May.[7]

On 4 May, her name was announced as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,[8] with her two middle names being chosen in honour of her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Main article: Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

On 5 July 2015, Princess Charlotte was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham. Her godparents are her parents' cousins The Honorable Laura Pettman and Adam Middleton, and family friends Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, and Sophie Carter. The ceremony used a font that was made for Queen Victoria's first child.[9]

Education Edit

Charlotte started her education at the Willcocks Nursery School, near her family's home in Kensington Palace, in January 2018.[10] She joined her brother Prince George at Thomas's School in Battersea in September 2019, where she is known as Charlotte Cambridge.[11]

Public interest Edit

Despite the efforts of her parents to shelter their children from the press,[12] each photograph or public appearance of Charlotte has caused a media frenzy.[13] According to shopping statistics and polls among parents, Charlotte is a major children's style icon. Retailers, particularly in clothing, benefit greatly from their products appearing in photographs of the Princess. Brand Finance have estimated that she will be worth more than £3 billion to the British economy throughout her lifetime.[13] In July 2018, Reader's Digest valued her at $5 billion or £3.8 billion.[14]

Official activities Edit

On 11 June 2016, she made her first public appearance, which was on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour.[15] She accompanied her parents on their royal tour of Canada in September 2016[16] and on their diplomatic visit to Poland and Germany in July 2017.[17]

Titles and succession Edit

Charlotte is, from birth, a princess of the United Kingdom entitled to the style of Royal Highness under letters patent issued by Queen Elizabeth II on 31 December 2012, which gave the title and style to all children of the Prince of Wales's elder son.[18][19] She is thus styled "Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge".[8]

Charlotte is fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, after her grandfather, father, and elder brother.[20] Due to the implementation of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, she did not move down the line of succession when her younger brother, Prince Louis of Cambridge, was born on 23 April 2018.[21]

Wedding involvement Edit

She served as a bridesmaid four times:

References Edit

  1. Royal baby number two: Duchess of Cambridge expecting second child; Prince William says couple 'thrilled'. ABC News
  2. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, expecting baby in April 2015. The Telegraph
  3. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting baby in April 2015. The Guardian
  4. The Duke of Cambridge to officially open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building and Bodleian KB Chen China Library. Bodleian Libraries. University of Oxford
  5. Royal Family uses Twitter to announce the safe arrival of a princess. 9news
  6. A life-saving Jewish connection, if new UK princess named Alice. The Times of Israel
  7. Royal baby: London gun salutes mark birth of princess. BBC News
  8. 8.0 8.1 Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name daughter Charlotte. BBC News
  9. The christening of Princess Charlotte.
  10. Princess Charlotte to start nursery school in January. BBC
  11. Princess Charlotte to attend same school as brother Prince George. Fox News
  12. Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Canada play day. BBC News
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Princess Charlotte Effect: inside the clothing frenzy caused by a Royal one-year-old. The Telegraph
  14. Princess Charlotte is worth a billion dollars more than Prince George. 9honey
  15. Princess Charlotte makes her balcony debut at Trooping the Colour. AOL Lifestyle
  16. Prince William, Kate and children bid farewell to Canada as royal tour ends. The Globe and Mail
  17. George and Charlotte join Poland and Germany diplomacy tourBBC
  18. No. 60384The London Gazette. 8 January 2013. p. 213.
  19. Royal baby girl 'would be princess'. BBC News
  20. Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with second child. BBC News
  21. Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to new prince. BBC News
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