After an extended wait, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in West London. The announcement of the birth came just after 11am. Kate had been admitted to hospital earlier in the day, to the Lindo Wing, at 6am, and the birth took place shortly after at 8.34am. The newborn weighed in at 8lbs and 3oz.
William attended the birth, after which he returned to Kensington Palace to collect Prince George. Father and son returned to the Lindo Wing at 4.15pm for George to meet his sister. The latest addition to the family is fourth in line to the throne and will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess of Cambridge. Her name has not yet been announced, although it is thought that it will be a traditional royal name, with Alice and Charlotte high on the list of potential choices.
There was a brief appearance with baby and the happy parents. Kate looked remarkably radiant just hours after giving birth as she and William smiled and waved to the cheering crowd. A little after 6pm the family reappeared and departed for Kensington Palace. As ever, privacy was paramount for the Duke and Duchess and the happy day was briefly shared with the waiting world. Anticipation is now focused on baby’s name and, it is hoped, the release of further photographs.