Just two days ago, Prince Charles reportedly said he was hoping for a granddaughter. According to Fox News, he got his wish early Saturday morning when Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby girl.
Royal officials said less than three hours after checking into the private Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, the Duchess of Cambridge “was safely delivered of a daughter” with the Duke of Cambridge present for the birth.
Palace officials say the Duchess of Cambridge, 33, and her newborn daughter are both “doing well.” It was said that Kate Middleton was a week overdue when her daughter was born.
When news of the baby’s birth was announced, chants of “Princess! Princess!” could be heard outside the Lindo Wing.
Kensington Palace reported that the baby girl was born at 8:34 a.m. London time and weighs eight pounds and three ounces. The announcement came by way of a statement released by Kensington Palace. It was then posted on the palace’s official Twitter page two minutes later.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 2, 2015
Shortly after the birth, a framed certificate signed by Kate’s medical team was placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace with the same words.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and members of both families were informed and are delighted with the news.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall released a statement saying they were “absolutely delighted” with the arrival of their granddaughter.
The baby’s name has not been revealed yet, but she will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess of Cambridge.
Kate is expected to spend one night in Kensington Palace with her new daughter and Prince George before retreating to Anmer Hall in Norfolk with Prince William and her parents.
Us Weekly reported that the line of succession just got a little longer. The new baby is fourth in line to the throne behind grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William, and her brother, Prince George. This pushes Prince Harry down to fifth in line, with Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, and Princesses Eugenie falling to sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.
BBC News said the Prince of Wales had told the oldest surviving member of the Welsh Guards he was hoping the Duchess of Cambridge would give birth to a girl. Prince Charles was with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Thursday where she was presenting new colors to the 1st battalion Welsh Guards.
In a conversation with 100-year-old Eric Jones, Prince Charles said, “We’re hoping for a granddaughter this time.”
This was not the first time Prince Charles has said that he’d like a granddaughter. Shortly after Kate and Prince William announced they were expecting, he made his wishes known.
Everyone seems delighted that Prince Charles got his wish. Congratulations to the royal family.
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