Princess Beatrice broke sweet family tradition when daughter Sienna was born

Princess Beatrice is celebrating her 35th birthday today and will no doubt be looking forwarding to spending the day with her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and their young family.

The Duke and Duchess of York's eldest daughter was born on August 8, 1988 at the Portland Hospital in London and was christened as Beatrice Elizabeth Mary.

On September 18, 2021, Beatrice and Edoardo welcomed their daughter, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi into the world. The pair are also parents to Edo's son Christopher Woolf 'Wolfie' from his previous relationship with architect Dara Huang.

The meaning behind Sienna's first name was explained by a family friend who told Hello!, "They were looking for an Italian name which started with an S for Sarah, to honour the Duchess [Sarah Ferguson], and also reflected the golden rust colour of both the Duchess's hair colour and Beatrice's, which the new baby shares."

And, much like her other cousins, Princess Beatrice chose to honour her late grandmother by including 'Elizabeth' in Sienna's name.

The desire for an Italian link stems from Edoardo's own family and his aristocratic links to Italian nobility. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Edoardo's father, Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, explained: “Edoardo is the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation.

"He is a count, his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna.”

While Sienna is a beautiful name, some were hoping that the couple would choose to follow a family trend that Sarah, Duchess of York started and Princess Eugenie carried on.

Sarah has a well-documented fascination in the life of Queen Victoria and even served as a producer on the 2009 film 'Young Victoria'. Her interest runs so deep, in fact, that she named her two daughters after her.

Princess Beatrice was the name of the Queen’s youngest daughter with Prince Albert and all three of Princess Eugenie’s names (Eugenie Victoria Helena) follow the same trend.

The princess carried on this trend when her son, August, was born in 2021. The name August was one of the names of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. He was christened as Franz Albert August Karl Emanuel.

Another potential royal link in the young royal's name is to Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex – an eccentric son of King George III and favourite uncle of Queen Victoria.

This happened again earlier this year with the birth of their second son, Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank. Ernest was the name of Queen Victoria's brother-in-law and featured in many of her descendants names, including King George V.

As a result, many were hoping that somewhere in Sienna's name would be a link to Queen Victoria to carry on the sweet family tradition.

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