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Princess Beatrice Almost Had A Different Name But It Was Banned By The Queen

As each royal baby is introduced to the world, there is big speculation about what their name will be and bookies take bets in the months leading up to the birth.

So it was unusual that it took the Duke and Duchess of York nearly two weeks to announce the name of their eldest daughter would be Princess Beatrice.

Well, now we know why it might have taken so long to confirm. A report from Associated Press in August 1988 said that 'Annabel' had been a favourite according to bookmakers.

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Prince Andrew had been quoted at the time, stating that if he had a girl, that's the name he would give her, causing the odds to skyrocket. But The Sun reported that the Queen must approve all royal names.

As such, the Queen supposedly disliked the name and said the Latin/French name was too "yuppie" to be used for a royal. This may have caused the delay as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson thought of another.

Princess Beatrice could've had a completely different name. Image: Getty

Some other popular suggestions were Victoria, Elizabeth and Charlotte but it is believed that the Queen suggested naming her Beatrice after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's youngest child.

The Sun reported at the time that it was royal enough for the Queen but also unusual enough for Ferguson, yet the bookies didn't see it coming making it a shock to everyone when it was finally announced.

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Princess Beatrice was born in The Portland Hospital in London and her younger sister Princess Eugenie was born in 1990.

Beatrice is in a relationship with property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and he has moved in with the royal at St James’s Palace, according to reports.

Beatrice works full-time and shares her time between London and New York. She will turn 31 on August 8 and is currently ninth in line to the throne.

Featured image: Getty