It’s a girl! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to second child

File photo dated 29/4/2011 of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. The Duchess is expecting a baby, St James's Palace announced today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 3, 2012. The palace said the duchess was admitted this afternoon to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness and is expected to stay in hospital for several days. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/4/2011 of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. The Duchess is expecting a baby, St James's Palace announced today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 3, 2012. The palace said the duchess was admitted this afternoon to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness and is expected to stay in hospital for several days. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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THE Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are “absolutely delighted” by the announcement the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter, Clarence House has said.

Kate’s second child was delivered at 8.34am today, less than three hours after she was taken to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Both mother and baby are “doing well”.

The baby girl weighed 8lbs 3oz and is formally a princess, although her name has yet to be announced.

William was at his wife’s side in the delivery room at the exclusive private maternity unit - as he was for the birth of his son Prince George.

The Prince of Wales - who said he wanted his second grandchild to be a girl - and the Duchess of Cornwall are “absolutely delighted” by the news, a Clarence House spokesman said.

William’s uncle Earl Spencer also reacted with joy to the announcement, saying: “It’s wonderful news - we are all thrilled for all four of them.”

Other members of both families - the Windsors and the Middletons - have been informed including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Harry who is on the other side of the world in Australia.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter is fourth in line to the throne, the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and a spare to the heir - and Prince George’s sister.

The birth was proclaimed on Twitter, by the age-old tradition of a bulletin erected outside Buckingham Palace and by a Town Crier who entertained the crowds who had gathered outside St Mary’s Hospital.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am. The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz.”

It added: “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

The birth of the princess was announced formally to the world when a bulletin, printed with the details of the delivery, was placed on an easel erected in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

The ornate gold easel was the same one used to proclaim to the nation George’s birth in 2013.

The brief bulletin - on foolscap-sized paper set in a dark wooden frame - was put into place by two footman and it said the Duchess was “delivered” of a daughter and gave the time of birth.

It was signed by a senior medical team led by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the household, who delivered the royal baby.

Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon gynaecologist, who was engaged to popular BBC presenter Jill Dando when she was shot and killed in April 1999, was also part of the team.

Dr Sunit Godambe, consultant neonatologist at Imperial College NHS Trust, and Professor Huw Thomas, physician to the Queen and head of the medical household completed the team.