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Kate Middleton And Prince William Name Their Princess

No more guessing, no more speculating and certainly no more betting, because the Royal baby has officially – and finally – been named. Drum roll please… Introducing Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana born Saturday, May 2 and weighing a healthy 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

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While Alice was a firm favourite among bookies, the Duke and Duchess opted to honour their immediate family and instead went with a feminine version of the baby’s grandfather, Charles, and also the middle name of Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa. The name Charlotte is also of great significance to the Royal family with both a Queen and a Princess sharing the name, too. No Beyoncé or Sheryl here, sorry social media.

The new princess’ middle name – or one of – Elizabeth, is obviously a nod to her great-grandmother and the current Queen, however it’s also the middle name of her grandmother on Kate’s side, Carole Middleton. And last but certainly not least, Diana is a tribute to William’s late mother.

As for little Charlotte’s god parents, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie look to be favourites, while a report by the Telegraph suggests that David Beckham is in with a shot for god father after he attended the Royal wedding in 2011. According to the article the betting odds are 25-1 as an outsider. Who’d have thought?

Regardless, we’ve had enough speculating for one baby and think Kate and Will did great with naming their new bundle of joy. Welcome to the world Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana!

What do you think of the royal baby’s name?

Image via Daily Mail

May 5, 2015

Bets Are On: What Will The Royal Baby Will Be Named?

After weeks of speculation, Kate Middleton has finally given birth to a baby girl! Now all bets are on as to what the duke and duchess of Cambridge will name their little princess – literally.

According to gaming website Ladbrokes, Victoria and Elizabeth were rather popular over the weekend, however Alice and Charlotte have surfaced as the firm favourites among punters. In case you’re wondering where the names come from, Alice was the name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters and also the mother of the baby’s great-grandfather, while Charlotte is said to be a feminine form of Charles, which would be an ode to Prince Charles – the child’s grandfather. So many generations of names to consider!

Of course, Diana is the sentimental favourite, however some people are royally opposed to naming the new princess after her late grandmother. “Should her name be bestowed as a first name upon the baby, it would be perceived as a slap in the face to the monarchy,” wrote Victoria Arbiter – the Royal commentator for CNN. On that note, we call Diana for the middle name – seems only fitting, right?

It’s not just the name that everyone is speculating over, either, with some betting agencies even going as far as to offer odds on the colour of her hair. Just in case you were wondering, William Hill is offering 6:4 brown, 2:1 blonde, 5:2 black, and 8:1 ginger.

In the meantime, as we all eagerly anticipate and await what the name of the first princess born into the British monarchy in 25 years will be, mother and daughter are happy and healthy. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” said Kensington Palace in a statement.

The Royal family are now home spending time together.

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May 4, 2015

Morning Sickness Hell For Kate… Again

You’ve probably already heard that everyone’s favorite royal, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting her second child. The Duchess revealed the happy news yesterday, after she pulled out of an event at Oxford University due to her acute morning sickness.

If you followed Kate’s first pregnancy, you may know she is no stranger to morning sickness. You may not know that this “morning sickness” is actually a rare but severe condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

HG is thought to be a genetic illness, suffered by approximately three per cent of pregnant women. It causes constant vomiting during pregnancy and leads to dehydration, weight loss and a build up toxins in the blood and urine. Understandably, what is supposed to be one of the happiest experiences of motherhood, turns into months of physical torture.

Aussie mum of two and HG sufferer, Kirsty, will testify to that:

“It’s like a time warp, a parallel universe – time is going so slow. For me, it was weeks of permanent gastro. I vomited continuously – I couldn’t keep anything down,” she explains of her experience.

Kirsty describes the condition as a nightmare. While she forced herself to eat, keeping down liquids was near impossible. (Some women with HG struggle to swallow their own saliva without vomiting!) The constant loss of fluids and nutrients, meant Kirsty visited the hospital every week, often staying overnight or for up to three days.

However, despite not being able to drive a car or leave the house, Kirsty counts herself lucky. Unlike other sufferers of HG – whose symptoms can last for the entire pregnancy – Kirsty only endured 15 weeks of severe vomiting and gastro during each of her pregnancies.

Sadly, treatments for HG are few. Most medications aren’t recommended for pregnant women, therefore a healthy diet, vitamin supplements, and a good support system are often the best you can do. Some people suggest acupuncture or hypnosis, although neither of these techniques have proven results.

Like Kate, Kirsty went through hyperemesis through two pregnancies. Fortunately, both her children – like Prince George – were healthy, happy babies.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. (Hyperemesis gravidarum) didn’t stop me from having a second child – and it obviously hasn’t stopped the Duchess either! It’s all worth it in the end,” says Kirsty.

Kate is allegedly eight weeks into her pregnancy. Our best wishes are with her and the baby.

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September 10, 2014

Kate And William Name Their Baby!

Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their baby boy!

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis,” read a statement from Kensington Palace.

“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”It’s been a busy week for the new parents.

After giving birth on Monday, Kate and William left St. Mary’s hospital yesterday and spent a night at Kensington Palace, where Queen Elizabeth met her great-grandson. Today, they took Prince George to Bucklebury, an hour west of London to the home of Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

“It’s very emotional,” Kate, 31, said of becoming a mother. “It’s a moment that any parent having just given birth will know what this feeling feels like.”

“It’s very special,” added William, also 31.

What do you think of the name?

July 24, 2013