The story behind new royal baby Lilibet's name
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Lili was born on Friday 4 June. The Sussexes shared the news on Sunday.
"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA," the couple shared in an announcement.
"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well and settling in at home."
While the inspiration behind Lili's middle name is no mystery, her first name pays tribute to Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet," the announcement explained.
"Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
According to the BBC, the Queen's family nickname was coined when then-Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and couldn't pronounce her name properly.
Her grandfather, King George V, would affectionately call her Lilibet, imitating her own attempts to say her name. It soon stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on.
The Queen's late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, also called her by the nickname, and wrote to his mother-in-law after their wedding: "Lilibet is the only 'thing' in the world which is absolutely real to me."
The happy parents also left a message of thanks on their website archewell.com.
"On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we've felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family."
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