It's a girl - Britain's Duchess Kate gives birth, both well, palace says

Sat May 2, 2015 6:02pm EDT
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By Stephen Addison

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a great grand-daughter to Queen Elizabeth.

The royal family's newest member was born at 8:34 a.m., some 2-1/2 hours after Kate Middleton was admitted in the early stages of labor to St Mary's Hospital, West London, the couple's Kensington Palace residence said in a statement.

The couple emerged later the same day with the baby wrapped in a white woolen shawl and bonnet to pose for photographs on the steps of the hospital, a little over 12 hours after Kate arrived.

Kate cradled the sleeping princess in her arms as the couple waved to the cheering crowd, although they made no comment.

A few minutes later, Prince William carried the baby in a car seat to a waiting vehicle, and then drove his wife and new daughter the short distance to Kensington Palace.

The baby princess will be fourth in line to the throne behind her brother Prince George, father William and grandfather Prince Charles, pushing her uncle Prince Harry down a place in the royal hierarchy.

The baby, whose name has yet to be announced, weighed 8 lbs 3 oz and William was present at the birth, the palace said.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well," it added.   Continued...

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015.    REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton