Pippa Middleton's baby name pays tribute to Kate and Princess Charlotte

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Matthew Ashton - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Earlier this week, the very happy news was shared that Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton's sister, had given birth to her second child, a daughter named Grace Elizabeth Jane. Pippa and her husband, James Matthews (who is Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews' brother), already share a son together named Arthur.

Royal correspondent Rebecca English shared the announcement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, writing: "I hear Pippa (Middleton) Matthews had her second baby this morning. Grace Elizabeth Jane was born at 4.22am weighing 6lbs 7oz. Mother and baby are doing well. A family source tells me: ‘She’s perfect, everyone is overjoyed at such a happy arrival.’ Sweet!"

Now, eagle-eyed royal fans have spotted that baby Grace's name pays a sweet tribute to her aunt, the Duchess of Cambridge, as Kate's full name is actually Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. That's right - the pair share a rather royal-sounding middle name!

However, the moniker isn't thought to be paying homage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but rather Pippa and Kate's great-grandmother, who was named Elizabeth 'Lily' Harrison (who gave birth to the sisters' grandmother, Dorothy, in 1935).

Photo credit: UK Press Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: UK Press Pool - Getty Images

Pippa and Kate's mother, Carole, also shares the middle name 'Elizabeth' too, as does Kate's daughter, Princess Charlotte (whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor) – meaning it's well and truly one that runs in the family.

Speaking to the Daily Mail about the significance of the name following Charlotte's birth, Pippa and Kate's great-aunt, Ruth Pritchard, said, "I am thrilled that they have chosen Elizabeth as one of the names. The name has been in my family for generations and is very important to us. My mum was much loved by her family, was devoted to Dad and us children, and always did the best for us."

Pippa and Kate have long shared a close relationship, with Pippa being assigned the important role of maid of honour at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding (they will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary next month).

After the grand affair, Pippa appeared on Today and said at the time, she had no idea how large a scale the wedding would be on: "It sounds funny to say but we as a family just saw it as a family wedding," she shared. “And perhaps actually I didn’t realise the scale of it until afterward. I had to make sure I helped my sister where I should and looked after the bridesmaids and pageboys."

Congratulations to Pippa and James on their new addition!

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