Newspaper headlines: Baby name and election countdown

The royal baby - now known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - once again pushes election coverage down the news agenda for several of the papers.

And there is much analysis among the press about the choice of names - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

The Express says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won near universal approval with a choice of names that cemented their reputation as traditionalists loyal to their ancestry.

There was a tip of the hat to Prince Charles, the Queen, the Queen Mother and - to the delight of her fans worldwide - Princess Diana, it continues.

"In naming her, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not only honouring her grandparents and great-grandmother," the Express says in an editorial.

"The baby is her own person and in time these evocative names will be as much about her as about her forebears."

The Sun says the name Charlotte is a nod to Prince William's father Charles, while Diana honours his late mother. Elizabeth honours the baby's great-grandmother the Queen, and also reflects the middle name shared by the Duchess of Cambridge and her mother Carole.

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Image caption Princess Diana's image is still prominent at Kensington Palace

The Mirror reports that bookies paid out a record £1m on the royal baby name announcement.

One bookmaker said it took about 20,000 bets in the two days between the baby being born and named. The odds on Charlotte tumbled from 6/1 to 3/1, with the names Alice, Diana and Olivia being other front-runners.

"Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is a baby for all royal generations who has been named after her grandmother and great-grandmother," states the Mirror.

"Grandfather Prince Charles should be happy too with his new granddaughter's first name, which is the feminine equivalent of his own. Very diplomatic, these modern royals."

"From long-suffering consorts to tragic princesses," says the Times, "Charlotte is a name whose historical precedents hark back to some of the more colourful women in the history of the Royal Family.

"Few royal figures will ever match the track record of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who married George III in 1761 and went on to bear him 15 children, 13 of whom survived.

"She also had to endure her husband's bouts of illness and insanity, which led to their eldest son being appointed Prince Regent."

The Telegraph comments: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have displayed their usual happy talent of making such things look easy: Charlotte features prominently in both the royal family tree and that of the Middletons.

"So, too, does Elizabeth, though it may be assumed to be a fitting salute to our most beloved Queen."


Tactical voting

Developments in the election are, of course, still prominent, with polling day looming large and a whirlwind 48 hours of campaigning to be expected.

The Independent is the latest newspaper to declare its preference for the outcome of the ballot - another Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition, should there be no conclusive result.

In an editorial, the paper explains why: "A hung parliament is certain this week. For all his talk of no deals with the SNP, Mr Miliband is bound to rely on that party to get his legislative programme through.

"This would be a disaster for the country, unleashing justified fury in England at the decisive influence of MPs who - unlike this newspaper - do not wish the Union to exist.

"For all its faults, another Lib-Con coalition would both prolong recovery and give our kingdom a better chance of continued existence."

The Guardian says a poll suggests a wave of tactical voting by Conservative supporters looks likely to save Nick Clegg from defeat in his Sheffield Hallam constituency.

The paper says the result contrasts with other recent surveys which all suggested the Lib Dem leader was on course for a narrow defeat at the hands of Labour.

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Image caption Could Nick Clegg be toasting Tory supporters?

Pollster Martin Boon tells the Guardian: "Some caution is needed because some of the sub-samples involved here are small, but this looks like evidence of Tory tactical voting to save Nick Clegg - and on a breathtaking scale."

The paper concludes: "The poll is likely to be welcomed in private by the prime minister, who acknowledges that - in the event of a Tory failure to secure an overall parliamentary majority - he will have to rely on a Lib Dem party led by Clegg to remain in No 10."

The Guardian also says Ed Miliband warned of "swingeing cuts" in the NHS, with Labour campaigning hard to make health the dominant issue of the final days of the campaign.

The Times says David Cameron will question Mr Miliband's right to govern should Labour win fewer seats than the Conservatives, during a 36-hour tour of Britain as the campaign enters its final two days.

The Telegraph reports on a warning by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, given in an interview with the paper, that voting for UKIP is like writing a "suicide note" that will "not be forgiven" if it denies Britain the chance to vote on whether to remain in the EU.

"In a passionate intervention 48 hours before polling day, the former Conservative leader urges those considering voting UKIP not to jeopardise a decades-long campaign he has waged to change Britain's relationship with Brussels," says the Telegraph.


'Coming out'

Elsewhere on the election trail, TV chef Delia Smith pops up in the papers after revealing her support for Labour.

This is how Ann Treneman in the Times describes what happened: "I arrived in Brighton to find, to my amazement, sun on a bank holiday. And that wasn't the only thing.

"I had heard a celebrity would be joining the two Eds at a rally for the NHS but had no idea who it was. Then I heard it was Delia (no last name needed). Celebrity? Try legend.

"She arrived at the lectern, eyes very bright. 'This is my coming out day!' she said, pumping two fists rather daintily in the air. This brought a huge cheer.

"Brighton knows a thing or two about coming out but this, of course was a political one."

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Image caption Tea party: Delia Smith with Ed Balls

The Express says Mr Miliband turned to Smith's celebrity endorsement as he "sought to turn up the heat on the campaign trail".

The Mail notes that she is a long-time friend of shadow chancellor Ed Balls, a fellow Norwich City supporter.

In the wake of Mr Miliband's election pledge stone, Matt's cartoon on the front of the Telegraph has a lorry turning up at a palace gate with a giant slab on the back.

The driver tells a policeman on guard duty: "It's for Princess Charlotte. I wish Ed Miliband would just write in a card like everyone else."


Bowling maidens over

"The ball zips across the turf and pops over the boundary rope. A 13-year-old girl's fist bumps that of her batting partner to celebrate reaching 50 runs among the cherry blossom and dry stone walls of a cricket ground in Wiltshire," says the Guardian.

"It is the sort of cheerful scene that will be repeated across the UK this summer as an increasing number of girls take up a game that was once the preserve of their brothers and fathers."

The paper explains that cricket is one of the fastest growing team sports for girls in Britain, with the number of clubs that offer cricket to female players increasing from fewer than 100 to more than 600 over the past 15 years.

Cricket clubs, it adds, are reporting a huge rise in the number of girls signing up to play this summer.

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Image caption More and more girls are playing cricket

Cricket coach Sarah Ginn tells the Guardian the game is a brilliant one for girls, with time to be sociable while waiting to bat and building camaraderie while fielding as a team.

But it seems they may not be having crisps with their sandwiches when they take tea.

Retail industry magazine The Grocer says the value of savoury snacks, such as nachos and biscuits, has overtaken crisp sales for the first time, reports the Telegraph.

The overall value of the UK crisps market has dropped by almost 2% in the past year to £923.2m. Savoury snacks, meanwhile, have surged ahead with sales reaching £947.9m, a 4.1% increase.

The trend, says the Telegraph, is being helped by discount supermarkets which have aggressively pushed non-potato snacks to customers.


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