Royal followers have been eager to find out Princess Eugenie’s baby’s name ever since she and her husband welcomed their first child on Tuesday, February 9. So, without any further ado, let’s get into everything we know about the little one’s name.
Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, confirmed the birth of their royal bundle of joy in an Instagram post on February 9 with a black-and-white photo of their baby’s teeny hands. Mom Eugenie captioned the post with three blue heart emojis. Though Eugenie didn’t reveal her baby’s name at the time, she confirmed that her son was named after a current member of the British royal family in an Instagram post on Saturday, February 20. “We wanted to introduce you to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.. 💙💙💙 Thank you for so many wonderful messages,” she captioned a photo of her, Brooksbank and baby August. Eugenie went on to reveal that the picture was taken by the couple’s midwife.
“Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can’t express,” she wrote. “We are excited to be able to share these photos with you. 📸 By our wonderful midwife. Thank you to the wonderful essential workers including our midwife who came to discharge our boy.
As fans guessed, August’s middle name “Philip” is a tribute to Eugenie’s grandfather, Prince Philip, who is the father of the princess’ dad, Prince Andrews. Eugenie confirmed the tribute in a post on her Instagram Stories. “On his grandfather’s birthday weekend, thinking of my grandfather, we are introducing our little boy,” Eugenie wrote. “He is named after his great grandfather and both of his great x4 grandfathers. August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.” Eugenie’s name reveal comes less than a week after Philip, 99, was hospitalized in London after “feeling unwell.”
Before her baby name reveal, oyal enthusiasts had their theories about Princess Eugenie’s baby’s name. After all, it’s customary for members of the royal family to delay the announcement of their baby’s name to the public for a few days; both the Sussexes and the Cambridges, for example, have waited to reveal the names of their children until a few days after they were born. So, royal experts hedged their bets ahead of time.
One frontrunner prediction for Princess Eugenie’s baby’s name happened to be a correct tribute to another royal family member: Princess Eugenie’s grandfather, Prince Philip. “We expected Princess Eugenie and Jack to be traditional, but in a shock move, royal punters are backing them to name their new bouncing baby boy after his great-grandfather,” Betfair’s Sam Rosbottom told HELLO! after news of the baby’s birth. “Philip was 25/1 but is now 4/1 favorite having been slashed overnight.”
Arthur and Henry were also past favorites, with the latter posing a potential tribute to Princess Eugenie’s close relationship with her cousin, Prince Harry. But by the time of Princess Eugenie’s baby’s birth, Rosbottom notes that those options didn’t seem as likely. “Previous favorite Arthur has drifted to 5/1 to take its place alongside Godfrey—while there are a number of other male royals who he could be named after, including his great uncle Edward at 14/1, cousin William at 40/1 and grandfather Andrew at 66/1,” he said of the odds.