Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a girl

It’s a girl. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter in London, Kensington Palace has announced.

In a brief statement, the palace said Kate “was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34amon Saturday morning (17:34 AEST).

The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) and the Duchess’s husband, Prince William, was present for the birth.

“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 palace said in the statement, which was also released on Twitter.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

The name of the baby will be announced “in due course”.

Punters are favouring Alice, Charlotte or Elizabeth.

The Duchess of Cambridge was earlier admitted to St Mary’s hospital in London at 6am local time.

The announcement she’d gone into labour came after a Great Kate Wait that had royal watchers and the world’s media camped outside the private Lindo Wing for a fortnight.

Prince William and Kate travelled by car on Saturday from Kensington Palace to St Mary’s, where the couple’s first child, Prince George, was born in mid-2013.

William and his brother Harry, who’s currently in Australia on a posting with the army, were also born in the Lindo.

The new princess will be fourth in line to the British throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

The build-up to this royal birth hasn’t been as intense as two years ago, mainly because the baby will be a “spare” rather than a future heir.

Britain is also in the midst of a general election campaign and broadcasters simply don’t have the resources to cover the impending birth in similar depth.

A paper proclamation announcing the new baby’s birth will be placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace shortly.

 

Source AAP

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