Congrats, Kate and William: Here’s To A 21st Century Power Princess!


It’s a princess!

Pop the champagne! There’s a new royal baby and it’s a girl!

Kate and William – aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – wasted no time in showing their new baby to the world. Just hours after Kate, 33, delivered her daughter, the couple posed on the steps of St. Mary’s hospital for the media horde. Dressed in a yellow dress, Kate, looking herself like a radiant fairy tale with her flowing brown locks and perfect glowing skin, held her baby girl in a pristine white blanket.

So far, we don’t know the name of the new little princess, but I’m guessing it’s going to be “Insert First Name Here” followed by Elizabeth – in honor of both the current queen and Prince William’s grandmother, the late beloved Queen Mother – and Diana. There’s no way William, who loved his mother so much, isn’t going to name his daughter after the “people’s princess.”

According to The Guardian, the couple’s daughter will be “the first to take the title of princess for 25 years and will also be the highest ranking female in line to the throne.” It adds that a girl has not been born this high up the line of succession in the UK for nearly 65 years, since Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth, was born.

So just how important is this “Princess X”, as we’ll call her for now? Well, she pushes her uncle, bachelor hunk Prince Harry, further down the succession line to the throne. In fact, Princess X could actually wear the crown one of these days if her older brother, Prince George, fails to have children. (Unlikely, but a girl can hope.) Additionally, Kate and William’s daughter could be the first to claim the throne since the succession law changed in 2013. That law — the Succession to the Crown Act — states that princes no longer take precedence over their sisters. That’s reason enough to raise a toast to this power princess as the change in that law it ended a system male preference primogeniture that had been in place since 1701.

For names, Kate and William will also likely look to history for one that reflects the royals’ past but also harks to a princess living as a strong woman in the modern era. Some of the possibilities for a first name? Many of the names from Queen Victoria’s daughters were given to Prince Andrew’s two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. That means that Kate and William could go deeper into their name search. Two possibilities: Gloriana, often used in reference to Queen Elizabeth I – one of the strongest women in history – or Alexandra, the middle name of the current queen. Princess Alex has a nice punch to it, don’t you think?

Rumors also circulate that the baby’s name could be Charlotte. Hmm, Chelsea Clinton also named her daughter, Charlotte. Illuminati conspiracy?

Kate and William’s daughter is the first Princess of Cambridge in 180 years. She was Princess Mary Adelaide, which has a nice ring to it except that princess was known as “Fat Mary” because of her weight.

A few names that it won’t be: Taylor, Kayla, Beyoncé, Brooklyn or Savannah. Just a hunch.

Kate and William, who are Millennial royals living life in a less formal way, will raise their daughter in a way that Diana would approve, and appropriately will become the new “people’s princess”. As The Broad Side’s London correspondent Delia Boylan Lloyd pointed out in a discussion we had, “With Kate as mum, she’ll have a quite normal (middle class in British sense) female role model.”

That doesn’t mean that Brits, royal watchers like myself and, in fact, the world, won’t be curious about Princess X. In England, other British mums will be watching Princess X’s accessories such as prams (or strollers as we call them in the states), clothes, bibs, bottles, etc. If you think that sounds crazy, get this: Some royal obsessives camped in front of St. Mary’s hospital for nearly two weeks waiting for the baby’s birth. And there’s even a Twitter account dedicated to Prince George’s lifestyle.

With Kate and William as parents, they will certainly raise their daughter to be strong, independent and free thinking. After all, she hails from a long line of female rulers who even in the royal bubble lived their lives on their own terms. Kate would be wise to raise her daughter on the strong princess images of “The Paper Bag Princess”, “Princess Smartypants.” or the more modern take on the Cinderella tale in the movie “Ever After.” And here’s hoping that one day she reigns as queen.

Suzi Parker, TBS’ resident mixologist and cultural editor, is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter,” “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and “1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes.” She writes frequently for The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, The Economist, and numerous other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker.

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