Princess Beatrice paid homage to her mother Sarah Ferguson and the “golden rust colour" of her hair when naming her newborn daughter Sienna, a friend of the family has claimed.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 33, gave birth to a girl at 11.42pm on Saturday, 18 September. The following Friday, Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi revealed they have named their baby daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.
The child’s middle name is a tribute to the monarch, with a family friend saying that Beatrice wanted something that sounded Italian to reflect the child's father's heritage, but something that also began with S as an ode to her mother.
The friend told Hello! that Beatrice wanted to pick a title beginning with S, but also a name which reflected the “golden rust colour of the Duchess's hair, which the new baby shares”.
“They were looking for an Italian name which started with an S for Sarah, to honour the duchess, and also reflected the golden rust colour of both the duchess's hair colour and Beatrice's which the new baby shares,” the source said.
In a personal tweet, Beatrice shared a photo of the baby’s footprints accompanied with the caption: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have named their daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.”
The royals are known for picking sentimental names for their children. Her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, picked August and used Philip as the middle name, a tribute to her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.
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Beatrice and Edo’s announcement followed weeks of speculation over what they might call their 6lb 2oz newborn and who they might decide to pay homage to in their choice.
Beatrice’s own name is believed to have been changed shortly after she was born, as traditionally royals usually first tell the Queen about their name choice in an "informal chat" where it's hoped she gives her blessing.
changed from Annabel because the Queen felt it was too “yuppie”, the Sun reports.
Instead, the Monarch suggested Beatrice, believed to having taken inspiration from the name of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, while her middle names – Elizabeth Mary – are a tribute to her grandmother and great-grandmother.
Sienna is Bea's first child and a second for Edoardo, who already has a young son, Christopher, also known as Wolfie, from a previous relationship.
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