Princess Beatrice Was Almost Named Annabel…Until the Queen Stepped in

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Princess Beatrice is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, but did you know that her parents almost chose an entirely different name for her? That is, until Queen Elizabeth stepped in and forced them to select a more elegant moniker.

As it turns out, Princess Beatrice was supposed to be called Annabel, according to The Express. When the queen caught wind of the baby name, she immediately vetoed it, claiming it sounded too “yuppie” for the royal family. (#Yikes)

If you’re thinking, how rude?!, you should know that it’s not totally unheard of for the monarch to shut down a potential name. You see, British royals typically choose monikers that have some sort of historical significance.

For example, Beatrice has a connection to the royal family, since it’s the name of Queen Victoria’s daughter. The royal’s middle name, Elizabeth, is also inspired by her grandmother, so it’s a win-win for the family.

Annabel, on the other hand, doesn’t have any historical meaning. While it may sound princess-like, it hasn’t been used by a member of the royal family and is, therefore, way less desirable.

We’d love to hear what Queen Elizabeth has to say about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, since his first name is inspired by a Greek word, and not the royal family…

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...