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There may be upset tummies today here at Bapton. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
There may be upset tummies today here at Bapton.

What with champers for the new princess; juleps for the Kentucky Derby; and a glass or two of the creature raised to mark and mourn the death of the great Ruth Rendell.

(HMQ must be rather torn, now I think of it, between the excitements of the new great-grandroyal, and the races.)

Of course, there’s the question of the new princess’ name. I imagine there are courtiers and civil servants and not a few politicians hoping that nothing is decided and revealed until after the General Election. (And in that sense, it’s as well it wasn’t a prince. Thanks to HM uncle the abdicator, there’ll likely never be another David; whereas there commonly is an Edward. Mind, neither Nicks nor Nigels have ever made the running in Royal names.) Naturally, it’s unlikely that child will have ‘Ruth’ as one of her names, despite everything.

Whatever happens, there is likely to be some subtle nod in the naming to the Home Nations, and Scotland not least. Wales might hope for the inclusion of ‘Angharad’ or ‘Elen’ or ‘Gwenllian’, but....

A quick look at all four Home Nations suggests that the following are suitable names which have appeared regularly as the names of princesses and of consorts in all four, or have a certain suitability for historic reasons. K/Catherine is one; Margaret is very much one (Owain Glyndŵr’s consort was a Margaret); Mary of course is consistently used; Marjorie ought by rights to please the Scots; and there have been Joans in Scotland, Ulster, Wales, and England as consorts and princesses born, in plenty. Anne is also a sound choice.

But whatever may be chosen at the christening, Welcome, Your Royal Highness, and may you live long and happily in a United Kingdom.


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inamac From: inamac Date: May 2nd, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clinks glass.

I have a feeling that they may not choose Elizabeth on the grounds that, as 4th in line to the throne, and given the success of previous Elizabeths in the role, this may be an encouragement to regicide.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: May 4th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
One Elizabeth presided over the rise of the global empire (or at least the planting of the seed which led to that rise); the other's reign saw its contraction. They neatly bookend the process.
froganon From: froganon Date: May 3rd, 2015 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

How wonderful!

Welcome little princess. Those are all fine names.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: May 4th, 2015 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ultimate choice, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is IMO a good one. It gives credit and honour where they are due, both to the reigning monarch at the time of her birth and to the babe's late grandmother (who, whatever her public faults, was clearly loved by her son). And while the name Charlotte itself has a strong Royal history, it gives the wee lass her own identity.

I can still remember the tabloid headline dating back several months, by which time the Rags of Ill Repute had correctly divined (or disgracefully and prob. illegally espied) the gender but saw fit to presuppose Diana as the primary name. To wit: "They're calling it Diana and the Queen is furious."

Such a piss-in-your-eye gesture could only IMO find a happy home in the minds of those who earnestly believe that HM the Q was possessed of sufficient displeasure with the former Princess of Wales to desire her destruction and of sufficient authority to order it done. As someone who believes on the basis of available evidence that the simple application of a seat belt before the fatal journey would have prevented this outcome, I am inclined to call bullshit on the whole lot. Best of luck to the new Princess; with the jackals slavering more scandalously than ever, she's going to need it.

Edited at 2015-05-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
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