LONDON -- The 14-day-old, redheaded daughter of Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson has been named Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.
The use of only three names for the Princess of York rather than the usual five or six is 'a departure from royal etiquette and protocol,' said Burke's Peerage, the social register of the aristocracy.
Beatrice was the name of Queen Victoria's fifth daughter. Elizabeth is the name of the baby's grandmother and great-grandmother, the queen and the queen mother. Mary is the middle name of the infant's maternal grandmother and appears in the royal family tree.
Beatrice, born Aug. 8, will be known as Princess Beatrice of York - her parents' formal titles are duke and duchess of York. No date has been set for her christening, a palace spokeswoman said.
The family is at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, 380 miles north of London.
A betting house heralded Princess Beatrice as 'a real bookies' baby.'
'Not one punter backed 'Beatrice,'' said Graham Sharpe, spokesman for the bookmaker William Hill, which offered the name at 100-to-one odds. 'As far was we're concerned Princess Beatrice is the best thing to happen to the royal family in a long time.'
Burke's Peerage said, 'The reason the duke and duchess of York have chosen the name Beatrice is because of their desire to honor the king and queen of Spain, who are more responsible for making the duchess feel at home in the royal family than any other couple.'
'The important Beatrice in royal history was a great-grandmother of the king of Spain, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria,' Burke's said. 'It is well known that the king of Spain (Juan Carlos) was very touched with this honor.
'Elizabeth was used for all of the obvious reasons; certainly the queen and queen mother have gone out of their way to make the duchess of York feel happy in her new family. Mary, on the other hand, is a name which appears both in the royal family and in the duchess's family tree,' Burke's said.
H.B. Brooks-Baker, Burke's publisher, also speculated that the duchess identifies with Queen Mary, who came from a lower social class than her husband, George V.
'Like Queen Mary, the duchess has been successful in generating a minor social revolution which has had a great following throughout the world,' Brooks-Baker said of the former Sarah Ferguson, whose informality and fun-loving spirit has earned her the affectionate nickname of 'Fergie' in the British press.
'The interest in the duchess of York's first child is definitely not a newspaper hype but is the result of millions of young people throughout the world identifying with her.
'The duchess of York's quiet revolution is also visible in her and her husband's decision to use only three names instead of the usual five or six. This, in itself, is a departure from royal etiquette and protocol,' he said.