Queen defied rule her own mother had to follow when naming Princess Anne


QUEEN Elizabeth II decided to name her daughter Princess Anne, despite her mother being denied that request when naming Princess Margaret in 1930, a royal expert claimed.

Queen Elizabeth II decided to go against previous royal advice, and named her only daughter Princess Anne after giving birth on August 15, 1950. Her own mother, the former Queen Elizabeth, had been denied this request when she wrote to her in-laws, King George VI and Queen Mary of Teck, to state that she wished to name her second daughter Ann Margaret. The king took a dislike to the name, and the newborn was instead named Princess Margaret Rose Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II decided to name her only daughter Anne after giving birth in 195019 (Image: Getty Images)

Royal commentator Roberta Fiorito told the podcast Royally Obsessed: “Her mum originally wanted to name her second daughter Ann Margaret, as she explained to her mum, Queen Mary, in a letter.

“She said ‘I’m very anxious to call her Ann Margaret, as I think Ann of York sounds pretty, & Elizabeth and Ann go so well together’, but King George V disliked the name Anne but approved of the alternative Margaret Rose.”

Princess Margaret was born on August 21st, 1930, at Glamis Castle, making her the first member of the Royal Family to be born in Scotland since Charles I in 1600.

Her mother, the Duchess of York, had gone into labour whilst staying at her childhood home, where the Bowes-Lyon family resided.

Queen Mother's request to use Ann was turned down

Queen Mother originally wished to name Princess Margaret as Ann, but this was discouraged (Image: Getty Images)

Due to the Scottish connection, King George VI and Queen Mary of Teck pushed for the Duke and Duchess of York to name their daughter Margaret, in honour of Margaret of Scotland.

As per royal protocol, it is customary for the Royal Family to check the names of newborn royal additions with the monarch, in order to gain consent.

By today, it is merely a formality, whereas in 1930, heavy emphasis was placed on the advice and consent of the king.

Whilst the name Anne was incredibly popular amongst the British public during the 20th century, it had fallen out of favour with the Royal Family.

None of Queen Victoria’s five daughters had been given the name Anne, and King Edward VII also decided against the name with his three daughters.

However, in 1950, the then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip decided to name their only daughter Anne.

Whereas Queen Mary of Teck had previously objected to the name, she showed no signs of disapproval for the naming of her great-granddaughter.

At the time of her birth, Princess Anne was third in line to the throne, and spent her childhood at Buckingham Palace, where her mother became Queen in 1952.

Whereas her brother, Prince Charles, was permitted to attend their mother’s coronation service in 1953, Princess Anne was deemed too young and remained in the care of her governess.

Over the last five decades, she has participated in over 20,000 engagements, and during the pandemic she attended 148 official engagements.

Princess Anne also broke royal tradition when naming her own children, by refusing to give them titles and choosing the more modern name of Zara for her daughter.

The name, which had not previously been used by the Royal Family, was suggested by the Prince of Wales.


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