Princess Beatrice reveals the name of her baby daughter
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Princess Beatrice, 33, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, married in 2020, during a COVID-19 safe service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The royal couple welcomed their first child to the world on September 18, a daughter named Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.
The delighted parents took to social media two weeks after the birth of their royal baby, to reveal the highly-anticipated news of what Queen Elizabeth II’s 12th great-grandchild would be called.
The baby’s name chosen by the doting parents appears to pay tribute to both Edoardo and Beatrice’s legacies, as the name Sienna comes from the city of Siena, in Tuscany, and could be a reminder of her father’s Italian roots.
While the royal baby’s second name pays homage to Her Majesty, 95, who celebrates her platinum Jubilee next year.
As the Queen’s great-granddaughter, Siena will be entitled to a royal christening in much the same fashion as the children of other Royal Family members.
The Royal Family has a tradition of christening their babies at a very young age, usually under six months old, meaning that little Sienna may be christened ahead of Lilibet, Meghan and Harry’s child who lives in the US.
Sienna’s ceremony would likely take place in Windsor – either at St George’s Chapel or Windsor Castle as per tradition.
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have all had a royal christening ceremony, and Beatrice’s new bundle of joy could follow suit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge christened Prince George at three months old while Princess Charlotte was christened at two months and her brother Prince Louis at three months of age.
Tradition has seen royal babies wearing a Honiton lace christening gown, ever since it was made for Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841.
Royal Family members including The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William have worn the special family heirloom, before the Queen commissioned an exact replica of the gown to replace the original robe after it was deemed too delicate.
The new gown has been worn by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, Archie Harrison and James, Viscount Severn, younger child of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
The new christening ceremony could see baby Sienna following in the footsteps of these family members.
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It comes following reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also want a Windsor christening for their daughter Lilibet, who was born in June.
The infant whose moniker pays homage to Her Majesty, is the second child for the couple who reportedly hasn’t met any other members of the Royal Family after the Sussexes moved to the US.
The pair stepped back from royal duties, and have purchased an £11million property in California to reside in with their two children.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex christened their firstborn Archie Harrison at just two months old.
The possibility of a UK christening ceremony for the tot has led to Prince Harry being criticised by a royal expert for wanting to stick to a christening tradition after stepping down as a senior royal.
Royal experts of US Weekly, Molly Mulshine and Christina Garibaldi discussed the possibility, with Ms Garibaldi saying: “Prince Harry didn’t want to be a part of the Royal Family.
“Now wanting a royal christening to keep a tradition, it is so hard.
“On one hand, Prince Harry is part of the family, you want him to have those traditions.
“But also, he didn’t want to have those traditions.
“It becomes a question of where is this balance.”
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