A whole Lotte of love in Leeds for Royal baby girl and her new name

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There had been much speculation over what the new princess would be called but the name the Cambridges have chosen for their baby daughter has been welcomed by readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The princess, who was born on Saturday May 2 at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz, has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana by William and Kate and will be known as Princess Charlotte.

Among the well-wishers was Wyn Kidger, mayor of Morley, the self-proclaimed “most patriotic town in England”.

“On behalf of Morley I would like to pass on our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also to Prince George on the arrival of his new baby sister,” she said.

“What a wonderful name. I would like to think that Yorkshire born Charlotte Bronte may have been an influence but I’m not sure but we can hope!

“Then Elizabeth after our wonderful Queen Elizabeth. The third name Diana, after Princess Diana who was not just beautiful but a truly inspirational lady.”

Wendy Longley said on the YEP’s Twitter page: “My niece is called Charlotte - it’s a lovely name not too old fashioned did not like Alice.”

Also offering her best ishes by social media, Beckie Goodfellow said: “perfect ..Diana would be so proud.” Mary Haggarty added: “I think it’s lovely. Great grandma and grandma’s names in there. Awesome.”

However the name did not meet with everybody’s approval. David March said: “Not happy at all ...I had £50 on her being called Alice.”

Kensington Palace said in a short statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

“The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.”

Charlotte is likely to be a tribute to William’s father the Prince of Wales as it is the feminine form of the name Charles.

The betting industry is estimated to have paid out one million pounds to punters who guessed the name Charlotte, according to Ladbrokes.

Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: “Charlotte was the hot tip over the weekend and royal watchers up and down the land are quids in.

“We may have lost a fortune but we’re paying out with a smile.”