In recent weeks, rumors have been raging that Kate Middleton and Prince William have a royal bun in the royal oven. Now that the rules have been changed so that the newlyweds' first-born child will be in line to inherit the throne regardless of the baby's gender, the couple will need to give their offspring a name fit for a king or queen. A palace insider recently told In Touch that the couple's list is expected to include "traditional" names like Edward, Philip, and Michael for a boy, and Alice and Rose for a girl.
Those are, of course, lovely names, but Will and Kate might want to consider a few more options. Here some other monikers fit for a future monarch:
All of these names can be found among the British monarchy throughout history -- carried by kings and queens, royal spouses, and their offspring -- and they are all fine choices: classic, dignified, not fussy. But if the Kate and Will have a girl, there's another name they might consider: Diana. Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to honor William's late mother, Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales?
The name Diana means "divine." It not only evokes the grace and style of the people's princess, to whom William was very close before she died in a car crash in 1997, at the age of 36 -- it also conjures the lush spirit of Diana, Roman goddess of the moon, who was the patron of virgins, forests, and hunters; these associations are both earthy and celestial.
Plus, at least here in the United States, the name Diana's popularity is on a downward trajectory: It was ranked 191 for 2010 on the Social Security list of Popular Baby Names, down from 90 in 2004. If Will and Kate were to name a first-born daughter Diana, the name's popularity would likely surge around the globe. Inspiring lots of little Dianas the world over? That'd be a royally great way for Will and Kate to play tribute to the prince's beloved mum, don't you think?
What do you think Kate and Will should name their first baby?
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