Princess Beatrice, 34, was reportedly meant to have a different name. When the firstborn daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was brought into the world, it took 11 days before her name was publicly revealed. It’s been reported that originally Princess Beatrice was given a completely different name when she was born in August 1988.
However, the Queen hated it so much that it had to be changed.
Apparently, Prince Andrew and Sarah had originally settled to call their daughter Annabel, but the Queen considered the name “too yuppie”, as was reported in The Sun.
This was a word that was created in the 1980s and referred “to the group of young upwardly-mobile professionals who made up a large number of the middle and upper-middle class”.
Therefore, the royal couple had to deliberate on another name, with Victoria also being ruled out as the Queen was reportedly unhappy with it, despite it being the bookie’s favourite.
Princess Beatrice was unnamed for 11 days but the debate was finally resolved when the Queen stepped in and suggested the name, Beatrice.
During their Scottish get-together in Balmoral Castle, Her Majesty recommended the name and the baby girl was formally christened Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary.
What is the hidden meaning behind Beatrice’s full name?
In the programme ‘Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses?’, Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, offered a possible reason why the Duke and Duchess of York chose the name, Beatrice.
“Everyone was just delighted that there was another royal baby, and they came out from the hospital and posed outside.”
Emily Andrews, another royal commentator, also commented: “There was national jubilation because here was the first royal Princess since Princess Anne.”
While royal parents are allowed to name their own children, the Queen has the final say on royal baby names.
The Queen is very involved when it comes to welcoming new royal arrivals, and is the first to be informed when a royal baby is born.
Royal commentator Kate Williams explained in an interview with CNN how the Queen has the final say on royal baby names.
She said: “The Queen has the power to say what their title is. But in the case of names, it is more of an informal conversation.”
Kate added: “Of course they have such respect for the Queen that if she says ‘I really don’t like that name,’ they’d definitely take that into account.”
Generally, it is accepted most royals’ choices are approved in the first round.
Last year, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo welcomed a baby girl, who was named Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.