Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Welcome to our new baby princess!! 

Princess Charlotte

She sure is a cute little thing! And we have a beautiful name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Charlotte wasn’t even on my list of predictions, but the signs were all there. I should have picked it out!! And it was a lovely choice to honour both William’s grandmother and mother.

I love it! I am thrilled for them both!!!


Royal Baby Name Predictions

Forget March Madness, I’ve been working on calculations for my House of Windsor Royal Baby Name Bracket.

Royal Baby Name Predictions | Paper Clips by Maggie de Barra

I am obsessed with the British Royal Family. I can’t help myself and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I was born in London, and I spent a month in Cambridge, and all things regarding the UK and the Commonwealth have a special place in my heart. Above all else, I love Will + Kate and little Prince George the most. I stayed up all night in April of 2011 to watch the Royal Wedding and it was so worth it. I love this little family, and I am so excited for Royal Baby #2!! As we get closer to April, everyone will soon be consumed with thoughts on the new little bundle of joy. The bookies are already taking wagers. I’m hoping for a little Princess, but having another little Prince for George to play with would be just as fun. And what’s even more important: what will be the Royal Baby’s name?!

Using a very scientific formula and analysis, I present to you:

My 2015 Royal Baby Name Predictions

Royal Boy Names

I think they will pick a very traditional first name, and use more modern middle names, similar to the style of Prince George. Royal baby names are all about carving a unique identity while still honouring the past.

Philip would be a nice tribute to the Battenberg/Mountbatten side of the family. It is a middle name for both Prince William and Prince Charles, and the first name of Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip.

Albert has a stong history in the royal family. It was the first given name of King George VI and King Edward VII, and the name of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. It is also a middle name of Prince Harry, and William’s uncle, Prince Andrew.

Arthur conjures up romantic imagery of the legendary King Arthur of folklore. It is also a middle name for William, Prince Charles, and King George VI.

Edward has been around for a long time, but has never had a moment in the spotlight. It is the first name of William’s uncle, Prince Edward, and of his maternal grandfather, Edward John Spencer. It is also the name of Queen Victoria’s son and successor, King Edward VII.

Frederick is a personal choice for me because I would love to see a little Prince Freddie! To justify this choice, it is also a middle name of both King George V and King George VI.

Honourable Mentions
Any combination of Charles for William’s father, or Michael and James for Kate’s father and brother.

Royal Girl Names

Girl names are simultaneously easier and harder because there is a smaller list to choose from. I think they will pick a very traditional middle name and use a more modern first name, the opposite of Prince George. First, the traditional middle names:

Elizabeth is an obvious choice for William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, or my favourite historical figure, Queen Elizabeth I. It is also a middle name for Kate, William’s aunt, Princess Anne, and various cousins.

Victoria is a stong and powerful name for a British Monarch, on par with Elizabeth. It is the chosen name of Queen Victoria, and the first name of William’s great great grandmother, Mary of Teck.

In honour of the princess of our hearts, Catherine Middleton. Traditionally, this is not especially popular with the House of Windsor, but it is classic and traditional enough to make it onto the list.

Diana, the Roman Goddess of the hunt. Another obvious, yet controversial choice, but it would be a lovely tribute to William’s mother, Princess Diana.

Now, for the first names. I think they will choose something a little lighter to balance a heavy-hitting middle name:

Alexandra is more popular with the Royals than Alexander, Prince George’s middle name. Using this formula, I wouldn’t have picked out Alexander for him. Alexandra, however, is the middle name of Queen Elizabeth, the first name of King Edward VII’s wife, Alexandra of Denmark, and the first name of Queen Victoria, albeit she was called Alexandrina, which is very pretty.

Frances would be another lovely tribute to the Spencer family, as it was Princess Diana’s middle name. It is also the middle name of Kate’s father, Michael Francis Middleton, and it was the first name of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

I am biased here, because this is my name. But, it is also a strong, classic name that would fit with the style of the Royal family. It is also the name of Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Margaret Rose.

This one is a bit out of left field, but still in the same neighbourhood. Strong, classic, and traditional, yet uncommon in the modern Royal lineup. It is also the name of Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck.

Honourable Mentions
Any combination of Anne, Alice, Louise, or Mary. These are pretty standard and popular among the Royal family as first and middle names. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some or all of these pop up.

I’m taking bets now. DM for details 🙂 We’ll only have to wait a few more weeks to find out! I can’t wait!!

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Schmap Cambridge Guide

Great success.

Almost a month ago I mentioned that one of my photos was nominated to be included in an online guide to Cambridge. Very happy to say this arrived in my inbox over the weekend:

Hi Maggie,
I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo
has been selected for inclusion in the newly released ninth
edition of our Schmap Cambridge Guide

You can see it live on the guide right here, and you can also see it featured on their iPod app here.

Schmap Cambridge Guide Short-List

What a beauty.

Pretty cool email this morning:

Hi Maggie,
I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has
been short-listed for inclusion in the ninth edition of our
Schmap Cambridge Guide, to be published late November 2009.

River Cam

I’ve never heard of this guide, but they want to use my photo and that’s pretty sweet. As long as they give me credit, I say go for it.

Update 11/15/09:
My photo was picked! See it here.

A Room With a View

Whatever the weather, this was my favourite sight.

It sure does rain a lot in England. But it was beautiful anyway. This was shot from my room at Newnham College. I knew that I would want a video of this to watch when I got back home. Now I can watch it and pretend that I’m back there, waiting for the rain to stop so I can go outside for a walk.

Stone: Changing of the Guard

Birds: Trying out a new camera and a new Vimeo account.

Yesterday we went to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. The flag was flying high so the Queen was in residence, but sadly we didn’t see her.

What we did see was an amazing spectacle of music, horses, yeomen and tourists. It was fantastic and so exciting. The area in front of Buckingham Palace was absolutely filled with people! I don’t remember the last time I have been in such a big crowd.

We arrived about an hour early and had fantastic spots. There were some poor fools who were standing across the street, so far back that there was no way they could see what was going on inside the courtyard or even hear the music! 

I took some videos with my mom’s digital camera. My camera is so old that it does not pick up any sound when you record movies! The problem is not that it is simply old and falling apart. Nope. It was designed to film silent movies. It’s like living in the Dark Ages. So we swapped cameras and below are six very short clips of what I could see and hear. I must warn you that the sound is not great, my hand is not steady and there were about a thousand other people around me trying to film the exact same thing! Enjoy.




You thought driving on the other side of the road was hard.

I’m bad at proofreading my emails on a good day. But I’m all backwards in this little city of Cambridge. This is going to take some getting used to: my @ sign and ” button are swapped on the keyboards. Is this a universal UK thing?

Honourable mentions:

# is hanging out next to enter.

Shift + 3 = £

England Shows You a Way Out

Watching out for your health and safety.


 Trotting around London I’ve noticed some intersting aspects of the city.

We say exit, they say way out.

We say leash, they say lead.

 We say watch your step, they say mind the gap.

But enough of us and them. Every person I’ve spoken to has been incredibly helpful and polite to a bumbling Canadian tourist such as myself.

The most helpful thing so far: on every crosswalk in London the painted directions LOOK RIGHT and LOOK LEFT.

Update 07/19/09:
Captured a picture of the warning! 

 No accidents so far!