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Did Fergie’s famous red hair inspire the name of the newest royal baby?

Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice
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Is Princess Beatrice’s daughter named after her grandmother, Sarah, Duchess of York? According to one of Sarah’s closest friends, the answer is yes.

Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, the first child of Princess Beatrice and her Italian husband Edoardo Mappelli Mozzi, was born on 18 September. Her name was announced by her parents on 1 October.

In an article on Hello’s website, an unnamed friend of Sarah says that Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi is named after her redheaded grandmother. The family friend says that Beatrice and Edoardo were “looking for an Italian name which started with an S for Sarah, to honour the Duchess…and also reflected the golden rust colour of both the Duchess’s hair colour and Beatrice’s, which the new baby shares.”

Sienna is a name that means reddish brown and is Italian in origin.

Princess Beatrice announced her daughter’s name in a Twitter post, writing “We are delighted to share that we have named our daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi. We are all doing well and Wolfie is the best big brother to Sienna.”

Edoardo wrote on his personal Instagram: “Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi. “Our life together has just begun, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things that await us. Feeling so much love and gratitude for my amazing wife, baby Sienna and Wolfie. These are the days I never want to forget. This week, a friend said to me the sweetest saying… that with every child you grow a whole new heart.”

So far, no official photos of Sienna have been released, though her parents shared her footprints in the name announcements.

Proud aunt, Princess Eugenie, shared on her personal Instagram account a message for her sister and brother-in-law: “Congratulations on your new angel. I can’t wait to meet her and I’m so proud of you. We’re going to have so much fun watching our children grow up.

And for baby Sienna, she wrote, “To my new niece. I love you already and think you’re just awesome from the photos. [W]e’re going to have so much fun together.”

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.