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Royal baby No.2: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to girl

Published 02/05/2015

Princess of Cambridge is carried by The Duke of Cambridge in a baby car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015.John Stillwell/PA Wire
Princess of Cambridge is carried by The Duke of Cambridge in a baby car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015.John Stillwell/PA Wire
Princess of Cambridge in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge places his newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge, in a car as he and his wife leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn daughter The Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge and her newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge, as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with her newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn daughter The Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Princess of Cambridge in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. John Stillwell/PA Wire
The media watches as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Princess of Cambridge is carried by The Duke of Cambridge in a baby car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015.John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn daughter The Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015 Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
An easel that was placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A woman from Ladbrokes holds a blackboard displaying odds on the name after the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl this morning, at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. John Stillwell/PA Wire
An easel is placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
An easel that was placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Well wishers wait and celebrate together outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital after the announcement of the birth of the second child to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Paddington, London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George as he arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George as he arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George as he arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George as he arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Undated picture issued by the Ministry of Defence showing how the Royal Navy has sent a congratulatory message to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new daughter. Sailors from the Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster and Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon stood on the flight decks of HMS Lancaster and spelt out the word SISTER. Photo credit should read: LA(Phot) Des Wade / Royal Navy /PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge returns with his son, Prince George, to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Richmond Castle to attend the amalgamation parade of The Queen's Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
Kate, William and George
Royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London
Undated Royal Mint handout photo of two of the 2,015 silver pennies that the Royal Mint has specially produced for babies born today
An easel is placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl
A Town Crier makes the announcement that Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, outside the Lindo Wing
A Town Crier makes the announcement that Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A woman from Ladbrokes holds a blackboard displaying odds on the name after the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl this morning, at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Undated picture issued by the Ministry of Defence showing how the Royal Navy has sent a congratulatory message to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new daughter. Sailors from the Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster and Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon stood on the flight decks of HMS Lancaster and spelt out the word SISTER. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 16, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: LA(Phot) Des Wade / Royal Navy /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
File photo dated 23/07/13 of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son, Prince George of Cambridge
Royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015
Fans of French rugby union team Toulon sing songs outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015
A media cameraman carries his camera outside the Lindo wing
Armed police stand outside the Lindo Wing entrance at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
An easel that was placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have proudly shown their baby princess to the world - just hours after she was born.

William and Kate could not contain their happiness as they left hospital holding their daughter, who is fourth in line to the throne.

After waiting days outside the private maternity unit, media from across the globe and royal fans were treated to the sight of the Cambridges posing for the first time with their newborn child.

The baby - whose name has yet to be announced - was born at 8.34am weighing 8lbs 3oz, less than three hours after the couple arrived at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London.

Kate cradled her daughter in her right arm and the baby, wrapped in shawl and wearing a bonnet, appeared fast asleep.

The Duchess smile broadly as did the Duke who had his arm around his wife and they both waved to the media and the crowds.

Kate looked relaxed and in good health despite giving birth only around 10 hours ago, and wore a yellow and white floral print Jenny Packham dress.

After spending a few minutes posing for pictures they walked back inside the Lindo Wing and soon returned with their daughter in a baby seat.

William carried her and the couple held hands as they walked down the Lindo Wing steps.

After the Duke placed his baby on the back seat of a Range Rover and Kate, also in a rear seat, reached over to strap her in, he drove his family away.

William had earlier brought older brother Prince George to the Lindo Wing to meet his new baby sister.

The toddler prince waved to the crowds when he first arrived with his father but he left for home before his parents, through a back entrance.

Proud father William spoke of his joy following the birth telling the waiting press he was "very happy'' when he first left to pick up George from Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace tweeted a close up photo of the princess and one of William, Kate and the baby on the steps of the hospital with the hashtag "#WelcomeToTheFamily".

Some strands of dark hair could be seen around the edge of the baby princess' bonnet which was tied under her chin during her first photocall.

The shouts from the media and the clicks of dozens of camera shutters did not seem to disturb the serene sleeping infant.

She was wearing a soft wool shawl made by the small, family-run Nottingham company GH Hurt & Son, based in Chilwell.

The firm have a long-standing connection to the Royal Family, having made the shawl that wrapped George when he first left hospital.

Leaders congratulate Cambridges

The political leaders took a moment out from General Election campaigning to congratulate the Cambridges on the birth of their daughter via Twitter.

David Cameron tweeted: "I'm absolutely delighted for them". Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Wishing them lots of joy and happiness - and hopefully some sleep!".

Nick Clegg, of the Liberal Democrats, tweeted: "Miriam & I wish them all the best as their family grows."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued a brief statement sending the couple her "warmest congratulations".

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland also offered its best wishes. Grand Master Edward Stevenson said: "The Orange Institution is delighted by today’s wonderful news and on behalf of the entire membership I wish to convey our warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of a baby girl.

"We offer the Royal couple God’s richest blessing and wish them, Prince George, and the new Princess; much joy, good health, and unlimited happiness in the days, months, and years ahead."

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