Princess Beatrice's original name was 'vetoed by the Queen'

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Princess Beatrice on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice at Ascot. [Photo: Getty]

It’s usual for royals to wait a couple of days before announcing their baby’s name, but it took nearly two weeks for the Duke and Duchess of York to confirm their choice with eldest daughter Princess Beatrice.

A report from Associated Press at the time in August 1988, said that Annabel had been the favourite among bookmakers after Prince Andrew had been quoted saying that that would be the name if they had a girl.

But The Sun reported that the Queen, who must approve royal baby names, vetoed the name as she thought it was too “yuppie.”

It is a Latin/French name which means grace and beauty, but it’s also the name of a Mayfair club, which the royals are often spotted at.

This may have caused the delay in Andrew and Sarah announcing their baby’s name, as they thought of an alternative to Annabel.

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The Duke and  Duchess of York leaving Portland Hospital in London with their first child four-day old Princess Beatrice.
The Duke and Duchess of York leaving Portland Hospital in London with a four-day-old Princess Beatrice in 1988. [Photo: PA]

Victoria, Elizabeth and Charlotte were also among the frontrunners, but it’s thought that Her Majesty suggested Beatrice, after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s youngest child.

The Sun reported at the time, that the name was royal enough for the queen but unusual enough to please Sarah.

The bookies however, didn’t see it coming and it came as a surprise to everybody when the name was finally announced.

LONDON, ENGLAND -  JULY 10:   Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York attend the Lenny Kravitz & Dom Perignon 'Assemblage' exhibition, the launch Of Lenny Kravitz' UK Photography Exhibition, on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dom Perignon)
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice. [Photo: Getty]

Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary will celebrate her 31st birthday on August 4.

Born in 1988 at The Portland Hospital in London, she is currently ninth in line to the throne. Her younger sister Princess Eugenie was born in 1990.

Beatrice works full-time in business and splits her time between London and New York.

She is currently dating property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and according to reports, he has moved in with the royal at St James’s Palace.