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Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed their new daughter’s name.

Prince William and his wife Catherine welcomed their second child into the world at 8.34am on Saturday, with the tot weighing in at 8lbs. 3oz.

The couple delayed announcing the new arrival’s name until William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, had met her and been informed.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,” Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter.

“The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.”

It’s thought the princess’ name could be a nod to her grandfather, Charles, Prince of Wales. Her middle names are in honour of her grandmother the queen and William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

There is no protocol dictating that William and Catherine needed to delay confirming their daughter’s name. However, it’s thought the prince had become very close to his grandmother of late and so felt it was the right thing. The pair did the same when their son Prince George was born in 2013.

Charlotte had become the frontrunner for the name with bookmakers over the last few days, inching ahead of other suggestions Alice and Diana.

Catherine was in hospital for just 12 hours after going into labour at the weekend, with William bringing George to meet his new sister on Saturday afternoon. The duke and duchess then left the hospital together, waving to fans from the steps as Catherine held Charlotte on the way home.

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