Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

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Princess Charlotte
Born (2015-05-02) 2 May 2015 (age 3)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Full name
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana [fn 1]
House Windsor
Father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Mother Catherine Middleton

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.

British royal family Family consisting of close relatives of the monarch of the United Kingdom

The British royal family comprises Queen Elizabeth II and her close relations. There is no strict legal or formal definition of who is or is not a member of the British royal family.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge member of the British royal family

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is a member of the British royal family. He is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Since birth, he has been second in the line of succession to the British throne after his father.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is expected to become King of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, making Catherine a likely future queen consort.

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Birth and baptism

The Gun Salute in Hyde Park, London to mark the birth of Charlotte King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (16750107774).jpg
The Gun Salute in Hyde Park, London to mark the birth of Charlotte

Charlotte, the second child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born at 08:34 AM on 2 May 2015 in Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London. [2] Several landmarks were illuminated pink to mark the birth, including: Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and the Trafalgar Square fountains, on 3 May, [3] followed by gun salutes at Hyde Park and the Tower of London on 4 May. [4] Later that day, her name was announced as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, [5] with her two middle names being chosen in honour of her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales. [6] [7]

St Marys Hospital, London Hospital in London

St Mary's Hospital is an NHS hospital in Paddington, in the City of Westminster, London, founded in 1845. Since the UK's first academic health science centre was created in 2008, it has been operated by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which also operates Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital.

Tower Bridge bridge in London, United Kingdom

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. Because of this, Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with London Bridge, situated some 0.5 mi (0.80 km) upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. It is the only one of the Trust's bridges not to connect the City of London directly to the Southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets.

London Eye ferris wheel in London, England

The London Eye is a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually, and has made many appearances in popular culture.

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. [8] The ceremony used a font that was made for Queen Victoria's first child. [8]

Infant baptism Christian baptism of infants or young children

Infant baptism is the practice of baptising infants or young children. In theological discussions, the practice is sometimes referred to as paedobaptism, or pedobaptism, from the Greek pais meaning "child". This can be contrasted with what is called "believer's baptism", or credobaptism, from the Latin word credo meaning "I believe", which is the religious practice of baptising only individuals who personally confess faith in Jesus, therefore excluding underage children. Opposition to infant baptism is termed catabaptism. Infant baptism is also called "christening" by some faith traditions.

Justin Welby British Anglican bishop; the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Portal Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the most senior bishop in the Church of England. Welby was the vicar of Southam, Warwickshire, and most recently was the Bishop of Durham, serving for just over a year. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he is the Primate of All England and the head Primus inter pares of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham Church in Norfolk, England

St Mary Magdalene Church is a church in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, located just to the northwest of Sandringham House. Members of the British Royal Family attend services when in residence at Sandringham, which normally includes Christmas. The current rector is the Reverend Canon Jonathon Riviere.

Public interest

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The queue outside Buckingham Palace to view the ornate golden easel holding the official announcement of Charlotte's birth

Despite the efforts of her parents to shelter their children from the press, [9] each photograph or public appearance of Charlotte has caused a media frenzy. [10] 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 £3,000,000,000 to the British economy throughout her lifetime. [10] In July 2018, Reader's Digest valued her at $5,000,000,000 or £3,800,000,000. [11] On 11 June 2016, she made her first public appearance, which was on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour. [12] She accompanied her parents on their royal tour of Canada in September 2016 [13] and on their diplomatic visit to Poland and Germany in July 2017. [14]

Brand Finance is an independent branded business valuation consultancy. It advises branded organisations, or those with intangible assets, on how to maximise their value through effective management of their brand and other intangible assets. Brand Finance has been certified with ISO 10668:2010. As of July 2017, the company evaluates over 3,500 brands annually.

<i>Readers Digest</i> magazine

Reader's Digest is an American general-interest family magazine, published ten times a year. Formerly based in Chappaqua, New York, it is now headquartered in Midtown Manhattan. The magazine was founded in 1922, by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Bell Wallace. For many years, Reader's Digest was the best-selling consumer magazine in the United States; it lost the distinction in 2009 to Better Homes and Gardens. According to Mediamark Research (2006), Reader's Digest reaches more readers with household incomes of $100,000+ than Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Inc. combined.

Buckingham Palace Official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.

Charlotte started her education at the Willcocks Nursery School, near her family's home in Kensington Palace, in January 2018. [15]

Kensington Palace royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, London, England

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Titles and succession

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. [16] [17] She is thus styled "Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge". [6]

Royal Highness is a style used to address or refer to some members of royal families, usually princes or princesses. Monarchs and their consorts are usually styled Majesty. When used as a direct form of address, spoken or written, it takes the form "Your Royal Highness". When used as a third-person reference, it is gender-specific and, in plural, Their Royal Highnesses (TRH).

Letters patent type of legal instrument in the form of a published written order

Letters patent are a type of legal instrument in the form of a published written order issued by a monarch, president, or other head of state, generally granting an office, right, monopoly, title, or status to a person or corporation. Letters patent can be used for the creation of corporations or government offices, or for the granting of city status or a coat of arms. Letters patent are issued for the appointment of representatives of the Crown, such as governors and governors-general of Commonwealth realms, as well as appointing a Royal Commission. In the United Kingdom they are also issued for the creation of peers of the realm. A particular form of letters patent has evolved into the modern patent granting exclusive rights in an invention. In this case it is essential that the written grant should be in the form of a public document so other inventors can consult it to avoid infringement and also to understand how to "practice" the invention, i.e., put it into practical use.

Charlotte is fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, after her grandfather, father, and elder brother. [18] [19] 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. [20]

See also

Notes

  1. British princesses such as Charlotte do not normally use a surname. When needed, the surname for male-line descendants of Elizabeth II is usually Mountbatten-Windsor. [1]

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Born: 2 May 2015
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Prince George of Cambridge
Succession to the British throne
4th in line
Followed by
Prince Louis of Cambridge