London: The announcement on an easel at the front of Buckingham Palace that makes it official — Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a daughter Saturday. The baby, their second child, weighed 8 lbs 3 oz. Kensington Palace says William was present at the birth and Her Royal Highness and child are both doing well.
Outside the hospital in west London, a ceremonial town cryer made the announcement to the waiting media, gathered for that all important first photo.
Well-wishers outside reacted with delight and were hoping for a tribute to William’s late mother when the name is decided.
“I am ever so pleased. I mean Princess Diana, William’s mother, always wanted a little girl, so I think William should put Diana’s name in there to honour his late mother.”, said one well wisher.
“I am very excited and I like the name of Diana.”, another well wisher said.
“Prince George has got a little sister now so that’s fantastic they have got a little family – boy, girl.”
The Duchess gave birth at 8:34am local time, some 2 and a half hours after having been admitted.
Both families of the couple had been informed, including the new baby’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
The new baby will be fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William and her older brother George.