Princess Charlotte of Wales (born 2015)

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Princess Charlotte
Princess Charlotte in 2022
BornPrincess Charlotte of Cambridge
(2015-05-02) 2 May 2015 (age 8)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Names
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana[a]
HouseWindsor
FatherWilliam, Prince of Wales
MotherCatherine Middleton

Princess Charlotte of Wales (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; born 2 May 2015) is a member of the British royal family. She is the second child and only daughter of William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales. A granddaughter of King Charles III, she is third in the line of succession to the British throne.

Infancy

Princess Charlotte was born on 2 May 2015 in St Mary's Hospital, London, at 08:34 BST, during the reign of her paternal great-grandmother Elizabeth II, as the second child of Prince William and Catherine, then known as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.[1] Her birth was marked by gun salutes[2] and illuminating London landmarks pink.[3] On 4 May, her name was announced as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,[4] honouring her grandfather Charles, her great-grandmother, and her grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales.[5][6] Charlotte was christened on 5 July by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.[7]

Upbringing

The family lived at Anmer Hall in Norfolk during Charlotte's infancy, before relocating to Kensington Palace in 2017.[8][9] Charlotte started at Willcocks Nursery School in January 2018.[10] She joined her brother Prince George at Thomas's School in Battersea in September 2019, where she was known as Charlotte Cambridge.[11] In 2022, the family relocated to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor Home Park,[12] after which she and her siblings began attending Lambrook, an independent preparatory school in Berkshire.[13][14]

Charlotte with her parents and brothers on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour 2019

On 8 September 2022, Charlotte's paternal great-grandmother Elizabeth II died and was succeeded by Charlotte's grandfather as Charles III. Accordingly, Charlotte became third in line to the throne.[15][16] Charlotte and her siblings occasionally accompany their parents on royal engagements,[17] tours, and diplomatic visits.[18][19]

Public image

Despite the efforts of her parents to shelter their children from public view,[20] photographs and public appearances of Charlotte continue to cause media frenzies.[21] Shopping statistics and polls among parents show that Charlotte is a major children's style icon.[21][22][23] Brand Finance previously estimated that she will be worth more than £3 billion to the British economy throughout her lifetime.[21] In August 2023, Reader's Digest valued her at $4.6 billion or £3.6 billion.[24]

Title and styles

Charlotte is a British princess with the official style and title "Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Wales".[25] Before her father was created Prince of Wales on 9 September 2022, Charlotte was styled "Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge".[26]

Succession

Charlotte is third in the line of succession to the British throne, behind her father and elder brother.[27][28] Due to the implementation of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, she did not move down the line of succession upon the birth of her younger brother, Prince Louis, in April 2018, making her the first British princess in history to rank above a brother in the line of succession.[29]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ As a member of the royal family entitled to be called Her Royal Highness, Charlotte does not usually use a family name. But when one is needed, it is usually Mountbatten-Windsor.

References

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  8. ^ Duboff, Josh. "Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Officially Moving to London This Fall". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  9. ^ Nicholl, Katie. "William and Kate Will Move into Anmer Hall Before the New Baby Arrives". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 20 April 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Princess Charlotte to start nursery school in January". BBC. 18 December 2017. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ Napoli, Jessica (24 May 2019). "Princess Charlotte to attend same school as brother Prince George". Fox News. Archived from the original on 24 May 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
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  13. ^ Elston, Laura (22 August 2022). "Lambrook: Inside George, Charlotte and Louis' new £7,000-per term school". The Independent. Archived from the original on 22 August 2022. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
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  18. ^ Hunter, Justine (1 October 2016). "Prince William, Kate and children bid farewell to Canada as royal tour ends". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended their Canadian tour on Saturday in Victoria's inner harbour, greeted by delighted cheers as three-year-old Prince George peered out at the crowd and waved with both hands.
  19. ^ Hunt, Peter (17 July 2017). "George and Charlotte join Poland and Germany diplomacy tour". BBC News. Archived from the original on 6 May 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2018. Kensington Palace said Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, two, would be seen 'on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week'.
  20. ^ Hunt, Peter (29 September 2016). "Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Canada play day". BBC News. Archived from the original on 30 September 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  21. ^ a b c Spedding, Emma (1 May 2016). "The Princess Charlotte Effect: inside the clothing frenzy caused by a Royal one-year-old". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  22. ^ Proudfoot, Jenny (21 August 2019). "Here's why Princess Charlotte is worth more than her brothers". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  23. ^ Taylor, Elyse (24 July 2018). "This is why Princess Charlotte is worth billions more than her brothers Prince George and Prince Louis". Vogue Australia. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  24. ^ Welch, Lauren (4 August 2023). "Princess Charlotte has her mum to thank as she ranks as 'richest' royal grandchild". Express UK. Archived from the original on 5 August 2023. Retrieved 8 August 2023.
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