What’s in a name, you say? Well, when you are born into the most famous royal family of the world with a name that combines the names of the long-reigning British Queen and the people’s princess, it is bound to attract attention and discussion. The only girl child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is the most recent one to command the world’s attention. Moreover, her name is a contributing reason.
On Sunday, June 6, 2021, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the safe arrival of their newborn daughter. Ever since the couple had announced that they were expecting a girl, the world was waiting for the arrival of the most recent member of the British Royal Family.
Born on June 4, 2021, Lilibet ‘ Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is named after her great grandmother, the Queen, and her grandmother, the late Princess of Wales. The Queen’s family nickname is Lilibet. It is the name that her father, King George VI, called her by. The name stuck with her, and family members still call her Lilibet affectionately. The name has now passed down to her youngest great-grandchild, making it a befitting tribute to her.
Baby Lili’s middle name is Diana, borrowed from the name of the late Princess of Wales. Prince Harry keeps the memories of his late mother close to his heart, and the naming is a sweet gesture that honours her memory.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, baby Lili is the first of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to be born out of the United Kingdom, in a foreign country. However, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their frontline royal duties, they relocated to the United States of America in 2020. After a very turbulent year that saw the couple distancing themselves from the royal family, the birth of Lilibet Diana brings the British Royal Family together in joy.
Buckingham Palace has also released a statement that announces and celebrates the arrival of the newest royal family member. There are no pictures of Lilibet Diana in circulation since the family wants to keep Lilibet under a privacy bubble for now.
Named after two of the most influential royal women in British history, Lilibet Diana carries the weight of her name even as a child. The world citizens are hoping that Lilibet will grow up to be a reflection of Princess Diana’s grace and compassion and Queen Elizabeth’s steel resolve and longevity. Irrespective of who she grows up to be, Lilibet Diana has some remarkable role models to look up to in her life.