Princess Beatrice baby name: Royal’s own name was changed after Queen said ‘too yuppie’


PRINCESS BEATRICE had her name changed after the Queen didn’t like the initial one Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson had chosen.

The Queen’s granddaughter and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcomed a baby girl into the world on Saturday, it was announced earlier today. The couple’s first child, weighing 6lb 2oz, was born at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Both the princess and her daughter are “doing well” and family members are “delighted” at the news.

The baby girl, who has not yet been named, will be 11th in line to the throne.

Speculation is flying as to what Beatrice will name her baby, with Ladbrokes placing Matilda as the favourite, while Betfair has Sarah topping the list.

Beatrice knows better than anyone the importance of choosing a good name for their first child, as her own name ended up being changed.

Several royal traditions must be followed before the baby’s name can be announced to the world.

Princess Beatrice and the Queen

Princess Beatrice and the Queen. (Image: GETTY)

Princess Beatrice and her husband

Princess Beatrice and her husband welcomed their first child into the world this weekend. (Image: GETTY)


The main protocol involves telling the Queen about their choice, although it is usually just an “informal chat” when the monarch gives her blessing.

The Duke and Duchess of York took nearly two weeks to formally announce Beatrice’s name back in 1988.

The Sun reported at the time that Fergie’s heart was set on calling her Annabel, but Her Majesty said the name was “too yuppie”.

She was also said to not be keen on the couple’s second choice of Victoria, a red hot favourite with the bookmakers at the time.

The Queen

The Queen did not approve of the initial choice for Beatrice’s name. (Image: GETTY)

The Queen reportedly suggested Beatrice during the Royal Family bash at Balmoral, a name said to be inspired by the name of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, and the rest is history.

Beatrice’s full name of Beatrice Elizabeth Mary pays tribute to her grandmother and great-grandmother.

Royal Family members are notoriously sentimental when picking names for their children.

All of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children have family tributes in their names — Prince George’s full name is George Alexander Louis.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. (Image: GETTY)


His first name is, according to The Mirror, believed to be a tribute to his great-great-grandfather King George VI, who took George as his regnal name when he became king.

His full name, however, was Albert Frederick Arthur George and his family called him Bertie.

Princess Charlotte’s full name of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana nods to both Her Majesty and the Princess of Wales.

Prince Louis’ name, too, is believed to be a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten

Beatrice and Eugenie

Eugenie gave birth to her son August earlier this year. (Image: GETTY)

His middle names are Arthur, shared with his father, and Charles, after his grandfather.

Meanwhile, Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie used Philip as the middle name for her son August, in a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was reported earlier this year that Beatrice and her husband viewed a £3million family home in the Cotswolds.

The Oxfordshire pad comes with a “party barn” and a swimming pool.

They currently live in St James’ Palace, in a £20,000-a-year four-bedroom apartment.

She shared the apartment with Eugenie for several years, but Eugenie moved to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former home of Frogmore Cottage.

The new baby will not be given the HRH title, as only grandchildren of the monarch through the male line are automatically entitled.

She will be Miss Mapelli Mozzi. Her Majesty could give her newest great-granddaughter a title if she wants to, but it is unlikely to be asked for, according to the Daily Mail.


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