Princess Charlotte and Princess Lilibet share a unique bond as cousins and great-granddaughters of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Although they are an ocean apart, Charlotte and her cousin Lilibet have a sweet bond through their shared middle name.
Princess Charlotte and Princess Lilibet keep the tradition alive
It is a longstanding royal tradition to give newborn royal babies names holding familial significance. Though growing less formal nowadays, many still feature tributes to ancestors.
Both Charlotte and Lilibet received middle names linking them to the late Queen Elizabeth. Their namesakes create a poignant connection between the young royals.
Princess Charlotte’s full name
Princess Charlotte, daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was born in 2015 as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Her middle name Elizabeth directly honors her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. It upholds the custom of royal babies bearing the monarch’s name.
Princess Lilibet’s full name
Meanwhile, when choosing their daughter’s name in 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Lilibet was Queen Elizabeth’s childhood family nickname, adding meaningful personalization. It reflects Harry’s close bond with his grandmother.
Both were named after Diana too
Aside from their Elizabeth connection, Charlotte and Lilibet share another middle name link – Diana, after their late grandmother.
So not only do the cousins share a name tie to the Queen, but also Princess Diana, their cherished grandmother who tragically died in 1997.
In March 2022, Harry and Meghan declared it their children’s “birthright” to receive prince and princess titles.
King Charles III reportedly assured the Sussexes that Archie and Lilibet can use titles following Queen Elizabeth’s passing.
Princess Charlotte’s potential future title
Looking ahead, Princess Charlotte has been tipped to possibly inherit the Princess Royal title currently held by her great aunt Princess Anne.
Traditionally bestowed on the monarch’s eldest daughter, the title returns to the sovereign after the previous holder’s passing.
But it is not automatically inherited, leaving Charlotte’s future claim unclear.
Despite distance and titles, Princess Charlotte and Princess Lilibet share an intangible connection through their meaningful names honoring Queen Elizabeth II.
Their shared middle name ensures the legacy of their beloved great-grandmother lives on in the next royal generation on both sides of the Atlantic.
Though separated by an ocean, their special names reflect the timeless royal tradition of passing down influential ancestral names, uniting past, present, and future.