The Queen is very frequently seen making headlines with all that goes around in the family be it the episode of Princess Diana back in the 90s or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the royal family behind and naming their daughter Lilibet. Now, how many of us knew that Lilibet was actually the queen’s childhood nickname? And, how many of us thought that it was only the first time that one of the royal family’s descendants was named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Surprisingly, not the first time. Read on to find out which royal family members have been named after the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth I reigned from 1558 to 1603, that’s when the name made its debut in the royal family. Since she did not have any child of her own, Queen Elizabeth II got her name from her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who was the Duchess of York when she gave birth to her first child in 1926.
After Queen Elizabeth II, the name Elizabeth was passed on to her daughter as her first middle name – Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise. Post this, the name stuck with the royal family as a popular, commonly recurring middle name. Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall, Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, and Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor – three of four queen’s granddaughters have Elizabeth as one of their middle names. After the granddaughters, four of the Queen’s great-granddaughters – Isla Elizabeth Phillips, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Lena Elizabeth Tindall, and, of course, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – retained the middle name ‘Elizabeth’.
Well, we cannot complain. The ‘Elizabeth’ fetish is really quite contagious. Interestingly, the name Elizabeth has been sourced from the Bible and is of Hebrew origin. Its earliest origins can be traced back to the Old Testament of the Bible, where it was defined as “God is my oath” in Hebrew. However, our favourite recurrence has to be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter’s name Lilibet. Reportedly, the queen was consulted and was fully supportive before the couple took the step. We are sure that this is not the last time that members of the Royal Family name one of its children after Queen Elizabeth II. As more summers turn into winters and the royal family manages to (which we are sure they will) bewitch us with their aura, the name Elizabeth will keep seeing a new embodiment, all as graceful as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.