The Princess of Cambridge, who is now fourth in line to the throne, was born on Saturday, weighing 8lb 3oz. Kate and William, who returned home to Kensington Palace less than 12 hours later, sought the blessing of both the Queen and Prince Charles before announcing what they had decided to call their daughter.
Announcing the name, the couple's statement said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.'
It is believed that Kate and William, who first showed their baby daughter to the world on Saturday morning outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, will travel to Norfolk tomorrow where the new princess is reportedly due to meet with The Queen for the first time.
A princess called Charlotte — a name that is French in origin — is a nod to her grandfather, the Prince of Wales, while Elizabeth and Diana are an obvious mark of respect to William's 89-year-old grandmother and his late mother respectively.
Royal aides told MailOnline that the baby's second names were self-evident and would 'speak for themselves'. As for Charlotte, they pointed out that much had been written about it being the feminine form of Charles.