Baby born in Britain, named after royal horse

Diamond Jubilee
Diamond Jubilee

British diplomat Charles Hardinge (who served as Viceroy of India from 1910 to 1916) and his wife Winifred had a total of three children:

  • Edward, b. 1892
  • Alexander, b. 1894
  • Diamond, b. 1900

Their oldest was named after Edward, the Prince of Wales (who, in 1901, became King Edward VII).

Their middle child was named after Alexandra, the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra).

And their youngest? She wasn’t named after a royal person, but after a royal person’s horse: Diamond Jubilee, who was owned by the Prince of Wales and won the Epsom Derby about a week before she was born. (Diamond Jubilee was foaled in 1897 — the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.)


Image: Diamond Jubilee from The New Book of the Horse (1911) by Charles Richardson

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