The wait for Prince William’s second baby was finally over as his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, today gave birth to a baby girl.
The baby was “safely delivered” at 8:34 am local time (0734 GMT), Kensington Palace said in a statement.
William, the Duke of Cambridge, was present at the birth of his daughter, who weighs 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.7 kgs).
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 2, 2015
The palace added that the mother and baby are “doing well”. The statement from Kensington Palace added, “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news”. The official notice announcing the new princess’ arrival has now been put up on an easel of the Buckingham Palace forecourt, as per royal tradition. The new baby is fourth-in-line to the throne, behind her grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and brother Prince George.
The easel at Buckingham Palace giving details of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter today pic.twitter.com/0yp1lNi462
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) May 2, 2015
The Duchess of Cambridge was earlier today admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London, where her first baby Prince George was also born in July 2013, with early stages of labour.
Kensington Palace had made the announcement in the early hours of Saturday that the Duchess was driven to the hospital alongside her husband and later said the labour is “progressing as normally”.
Kate was being looked after by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston. He was joined in the delivery room by Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who will be hoping for a baby bounce in the May 7 General Election which usually favours the ruling party, said, “One of the privileges of my job is you get to see them (Prince William and Kate) up front
and they are a wonderful couple, they are loving parents.
“With the rest of the nation I’ll be wishing them well today, hoping for a healthy and happy outcome.”
The world’s media began rushing to the media pen outside the hospital as the news of the labour was announced.
Unlike at the time of Prince George’s birth, the world’s press have been stopped from camping outside.
Fans of the royal family have also been gathering near the hospital with flags and banners in recent days with some sleeping in the rough in sleeping bags.
Royal protection officers, who carry concealed weapons at all times, were stationed at the Lindo Wing in anticipation of Queen Elizabeth II’s newest great-grandchild.
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