It’s a girl! William and Kate leave hospital with their little princess
Royal couple welcome princess, who was born at 8.34am local time in London weighing 3.7kg to a great fanfare from monarchists
Associated Press and Agence France-Presse in London
Prince William and Kate with their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in London. Photo: Reuters
Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have emerged from a London hospital with their newborn baby girl.
Kate gave birth to the couple’s second child, whose name has not yet been announced, yesterday at St. Mary’s Hospital. Britain’s newest royal, who weighs 3.7 kilograms, is fourth in line to the throne and the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, 89.
Crowds of well-wishers outside the hospital cheered as the couple stepped out briefly, posing and waving for photographers.
Royal fans hold up a sign the reads ‘its a princess’ as they celebrate the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s second child, outside the Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital in central London. Photo: AFP
Kate, who wed William in April 2011, gave birth to Prince George at the same hospital in July 2013.
Queen Elizabeth, senior royals and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, were the first to be informed of the news.
Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household and a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, led the delivery team.
The world’s press quickly gathered outside St Mary’s.
William’s office announced on April 21 that he had gone on leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot after completing his training ahead of the birth.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace, William’s official residence, said he would not return to work until June 1.
He and Kate are planning to spend the first few days after the birth at Kensington Palace, their London residence.
They will then travel to Anmer Hall, a country mansion on Queen Elizabeth’s privately-owned Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, where they have set up home.
Royal fans talk together outside St Mary’s Hospital, as they wait for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, to arrive for the birth of her second child. The duchess was brought to hospital this morning. Photo: AP
Princess Catherine will be christened as a member of the Church of England, wearing a replica of the intricate lace and satin gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841.
Experts say the royal birth could inject tens of millions of pounds into the British economy, with a baby princess particularly lucrative because she could become a fashion trendsetter.
George’s birth gave Britain a 390 million pound (HK$4.6 billion) boost and the new baby is expected to generate approximately 300 million pounds, according to figures from the London School of Marketing.
The birth will provide a welcome distraction for many Britons from the country’s knife-edge general election campaign, which comes to a head with the vote next Thursday.
Britain’s leading politicians took time out from the election trail to send their best wishes.
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby girl. I’m absolutely delighted for them,” while Labour leader Ed Miliband said the news was fantastic and added “I know the whole country will be wishing them well.”
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 May, 2015, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 May, 2015, 1:37am
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A side story relating to babies and Queen Elizabeth II:
I remember the most shocking moment I discovered about the birds and the bees was when I stared at 2 dogs copulating for the first time. My best friend who was there told me. My first reaction was “Queen Elizabeth II won’t do that, right?!” I was in total disbelief! (true story).