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Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – the meaning behind the name


© CHARLIE PROCTOR 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their newborn daughter in honour of her great grandmother, The Queen. And Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor’s unusual first name has rather regal origins.

The name Lilibet is actually the creation of The Queen. As a young child, she couldn’t pronounce her own given name of Elizabeth properly and instead called herself ‘Lilibet’. The name stuck and has since been used by those closest to Her Majesty. The Queen famously signed the card on the funeral wreath she placed on the coffin of her mother with the name ‘ Lilibet’.

Her new namesake will be known as Lili for short. That name, and the more usual spelling of Lily, is rare in royal circles.

There was widespread speculation ahead of Lili’s birth that she would, in some way, share the name of her paternal grandmother. Harry and Meghan have chosen Diana as a middle name for their little girl. The name wasn’t regular in royal circles before Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981. Lilibet shares it as a middle name with her cousin, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

Lili Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4th, in California, weighing 7lbs 11oz. She is the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and a little sister for their two year old son, Archie. Eighth in line to the throne from birth, Lili is an 11th great grandchild for the Queen.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.