Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge safely delivered a daughter Saturday morning, just two-and-a-half hours after checking into London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
Royal officials say the baby girl was born at 8:34 a.m. London time (0734 GMT) and weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.7 kg).
The announcement of the safe arrival of the baby girl encouraged cheers of Princess! Princess! outside the hospital where hundreds of die-hard royal fans waited in anticipation.
A town crier also shouted the news outside the hospital’s private Lindo Wing where Kate delivered. With a clanging bell in one hand and a scroll in the other, “May our princess be long-lived, happy and glorious,” said crier, Tony Appleton, in a booming voice.
Kensington Palace reported that Prince William was present for the birth and that 33-year-old Kate and new baby were doing well.
The statement from Kensington Palace said, “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 latest royal joins the line of succession behind her grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and brother Prince George.The new baby princess is fourth in line to the throne and the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.
The name of the new royal baby princess is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. She will be known as Princess Charlotte. The royal couple also waited two days before announcing the name of their first child, George. Kate gave birth to George at the same hospital in July 2013.