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Little princess charming meets her doting grandparents

And Uncle Harry is also beguiled as speculation mounts over tot’s name

By Tony Jones

Prince Harry has described the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter as "absolutely beautiful" as her doting grandparents visited the baby princess for the first time.

Harry spoke movingly about his niece from Australia, where he has been working with the country's armed forces, and said he could not "wait to meet her".

The Cambridges also thanked well-wishers for their support following the birth of their daughter, who was born yesterday at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

William and Kate have kept the world guessing as to the name of their second child but are likely to have told the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Michael and Carole Middleton when they visited Kensington Palace to see their granddaughter.

The name of her late grandmother, Diana, is creeping up in the betting to 9/1.

In the coming days the Cambridges will return to their Norfolk home, close to the Queen's Sandringham Estate, and may be waiting until they have told the monarch personally before announcing the name.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world.

"It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.''

He added: "Additionally Prince Harry has said about his new niece: 'She is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to meet her'."

Harry will probably not see his niece for around a fortnight, as after his attachment with the Australian Defence Force ends later this week he will tour New Zealand for eight days.

Charles made no secret of the fact he wanted his second grandchild to be a girl.

The heir to the throne wasted no time in meeting his granddaughter, arriving at Kensington Palace behind the wheel of an Audi estate car with Camilla in the passenger seat beside him.

The royal couple joined Mrs Middleton and her daughter Pippa, and were soon followed by Michael Middleton.

The Cambridges' daughter is fourth in line to the throne, will be affectionately known as the spare to the heir, and is the Queen's fifth great grandchild.

Yesterday the baby princess took part in her first photocall outside hospital, and delighted the world as she slept in the arms of her mother.

The wait for the baby's name to be announced has sparked a betting frenzy among royal fans trying to guess the moniker.

The favourite name among bookies has changed repeatedly in recent days with Alice and Charlotte among those fancied but Elizabeth and Olivia also proving popular. It's thought the amount wagered could reach a million pounds by the end of today.

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