Skip to main content
Princess Charlotte
Photo: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images

Princess Charlotte

  • Publish date:
Princess Charlotte is the second child of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and is the sister of Prince George and Prince Louis.

Who Is Princess Charlotte?

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is the daughter of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is fourth in line for the British throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles, her father Prince William and her older brother Prince George


Princess Charlotte's grandparents are Prince Charles and Princess Diana from her father's side and Carole and Michael Middleton from her mother's side.

The Royal Arrival

Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced they were expecting their second child in September 2014. On May 2, 2015, the Duchess went into labor and was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital in London. Princess Charlotte was born at 8:34 am that morning, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces. Later that day, she met big brother Prince George for the first time when William brought him to the hospital for a visit.

The full name of the newborn princess is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Each part of her name pays special tribute to members of the royal family. "Charlotte" is a feminine form of "Charles" and honors Prince William's father. This name is also important to her mother's family as well, as aunt Pippa Middleton's middle name is Charlotte. "Elizabeth" is a traditional name within the British royal family, and is the name of William's grandmother and great-grandmother. And, lastly, the selection of "Diana" reflects the royal couple's desire to remember William's late mother Princess Diana.

Princess Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace.

Early Days

Princess Charlotte made her first public appearance on the day of her birth with her parents on the steps outside the hospital. They soon left to go stay at their residence at London's Kensington Palace. Before long, the infant princess received visits from other members of the royal family, including her grandfather Prince Charles and her great-grandmother, the reigning queen Elizabeth II.

Scroll to Continue


US actor Miles Teller poses during a photocall for the film "Too Old To Die Young - North of Hollywood, West of Hell" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 18, 2019.

Miles Teller

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 02:  Ranking member U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) questions U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as he testifies at a hearing on receiving 'the Monetary Policy Report to the Congress required under the Humphrey-Hawkins Act' at the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. Bernanke reportedly defended the Federal Reserves monetary policy against criticism from Republicans.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Barney Frank

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 02:  Actor  Ben Whishaw attends the 48th New York Film Festival premiere of 'The Tempest' at Alice Tully Hall on October 2, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw

Since her arrival, the new princess has been inundated with gifts from around the world. A Tasmanian merino wool blanket was sent to her by Australian prime minister Tony Abbott on behalf of his country. Israeli president Reuven Rivlin expressed his country's congratulations with a pink dress bearing the words "From Israel with love."

A few days after her birth, Princess Charlotte left London with her family. She lived at the family's country home, Anmer Hall, for the next few months. Her father took paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot to spend time with her.

On July 5, 2015, Princess Charlotte was christened in the church at St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, the church where her late grandmother Diana was also christened. The princess wore a royal christening robe — a replica of a gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, in 1841 — and arrived in a pram pushed by her mother, with her father and big brother walking next to her. 

The ceremony was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. In a gesture of inclusiveness, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invited the public onto a field outside the church to participate in the special day. A statement from Kensington Palace read: “The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte's birth—many of them from local people in Norfolk—and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening."

On April 23, 2018, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child, a son. Princess Charlotte's new brother, Louis, is fifth in line to the throne after her. 

Fact Check

We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!