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"Our hearts are full of love." Princess Eugenie shares the special meaning behind her son's name.

Earlier this month, the British royal family welcomed a very cute new family member. 

Princess Eugenie, who is the younger daughter of the Queen's third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, gave birth to her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank.

Watch: How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank met. Post continues below video.


Video via Twitter.

Now the couple have announced the name of their son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, and the special meaning behind it. 

"We wanted to introduce you to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank," Eugenie wrote on Instagram, alongside a very cute family photo. 

"Thank you for so many wonderful messages. Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can't express. We are excited to be able to share these photos with you.⁣"

Eugenie went on to share why they chose Philip as a middle name in a nod to her grandfather, Prince Philip, who is currently in hospital. 

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"On his grandfather's birthday weekend, thinking of my grandfather, we are introducing our little boy," she wrote in a post on her Instagram stories. 

"He is named after his great grandfather and both of his great x5 grandfathers."

It's believed that August's first name pays tribute to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, whose birth name was Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel. The name Hawke comes from Jack's great great great great paternal grandfather, Reverend Edward Hawke Brooksbank. 

The palace released a statement announcing the birth of baby August earlier this month writing, "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 8:55 a.m. at The Portland Hospital." 

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

At the time, Eugenie, 30, shared a photo of her and Jack, 34, holding her baby's hand on Instagram to mark the moment, with a series of blue heart emojis.

Eugenie and Jack married in a lavish royal wedding in October 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Eight hundred people were in attendance, including most of the royals. 

Eugenie described how she and Jack, a former manager of a London nightclub, first met in a video posted to the royal family's Twitter account.

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"It was love at first sight," she said.

"We were skiing at our friend's place in Switzerland and I saw you first and we started staring at each other," Jack explained.

Image: Getty. 

"And I thought 'What a silly hat'," added Eugenie. "And then I thought 'Who's that?' and you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.

"I think I rang my mum that night and said 'I've just met this guy Jack', and that was how it started.

"I remember thinking I really, really like this guy and I hope he likes me too. Then you gave me this huge like windscreen wiper wave and I thought 'Right, he likes me too'."

They began dating in 2011.

The couple announced their pregnancy on Instagram in September 2020, with a photo featuring the couple holding a fluffy pair of bear slippers.

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In December 2020, Sarah, Duchess of York told Mamamia she was overjoyed to soon be a grandmother.

"I feel incredibly lucky that Jack and Eugenie are having a baby," she said.

"So many couples struggle to conceive so first of all I feel grateful that they haven't had to go through any of that. 

"Of course I can't wait to have a new little audience for my storytelling. I'm also excited because grandparents get all of the fun and not so much of the hard work and responsibility!"

Eugenie's son will not have to wait long for a play friend, as another royal baby is due very soon.

The queen's eldest granddaughter, Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, is expecting her third child with husband Mike Tindall.

This article was originally published on February 10, 2021, and was updated on February 21, 2021.

Feature Image: Instagram @princesseugenie.

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