Queen Elizabeth is set to become a great-grandmother for the 12th time later this year when her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, gives birth to her first child.
In time-honoured royal tradition, bets have been placed on what the public think Beatrice will name her child.
Currently, the favourites are Philip, after the late Duke of Edinburgh, Arthur, Albert, Alice and Victoria.
In previous years, it would be far easier to predict what the new baby would be called, however, a new trend has emerged over the last decade where royals lower down the Line of Succession are given more unique names.
When Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born, their names were quite easy to predict because of the strong royal links tied to them and how important it was for direct heirs to the throne to have traditional names.
There have been six kings called George, namely the Queen’s grandfather and father. Charlotte was the name of King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, as well as of the popular Charlotte, Princess of Wales.
But for those lower down in the succession, it has become common practice for them to have names that have seldom been seen in the Royal Family.
In recent years, the family has welcomed babies called Savannah, Isla, August, Mia, Lena, Archie, Lucas and, most recently, Lili.
Peter Phillips eldest daughter, Savannah Phillips, currently sits at 18th in line to the throne and lives a relatively normal life- therefore a name like her cousins was not necessary.
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This is similar for Princess Eugenie’s son, August Brooksbank. As he will never be king, August didn’t need to have a traditional name – he is, however, named after his royal ancestors.
Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, was christened as Franz Albert August Karl Emanuel.
Unusual names are not an entirely new trend. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter is named Zara and she was born in 1981 to Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips.
Zara’s uncle, Prince Charles, chose her name which was revealed by Princess Anne when she said: “The baby made a rather sudden and positive arrival…and my brother thought Zara was an appropriate name.”
Another name that was slightly unexpected at the time it was announced was Prince Andrew. It was not a name seen in the British Royal Family before, but he was named after Prince Philip’s father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.
Until Princess Beatrice gives birth to her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi later this year, the royal rumour mill will be rife with speculation.
Will she follow the new trend of giving the baby a more unexpected choice of name, or will she go down the traditional route and choose a moniker steeped in royal history?
Another possibility is that she will follow the lead of her mother and her younger sister and opt for a name with links to Queen Victoria.
Sarah, Duchess of York is well-known for her interest in the life of Queen Victoria and named her two daughters in honour of her.
Beatrice was the name of the Queen’s youngest daughter and all three of Princess Eugenie’s names (Eugenie Victoria Helena) follow the same trend.
Eugenie was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria (she later became Queen Eugenie of Spain) and Helena was another of the Queen’s daughters.
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