Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby girl, it was announced Saturday.
Catherine or Princess Kate gave birth at 7:34 a.m. GMT (8.34 a.m. local time) according to an announcement from Kensington Palace. The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz.
The name of the baby has not yet been released. Royal babies are usually named after their ancestors and relatives, though bookmakers’ odds are tipped in favor of Alice and Charlotte.
The birth was announced first on Twitter from Kensington Palace. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and the Middletons have been informed.
The new baby will be fourth in line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William and older brother Prince George. Prince Harry will become fifth in line and every one else in the line of succession will move one step away from the throne.
The baby will be the first to benefit from changes to the laws of succession, which remove male bias. The baby can no longer be superseded by a younger brother.
The birth took place at the Lindo Wing of the St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, a short drive from Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace. Prince George, his father, and his uncle Prince Harry were born in the same wing.
The delivery team was led by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Royal Household, and assisted by Alan Farthing, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Queen, who was the fiance of the British television presenter Jill Dando at the time of her unsolved murder in 1999.
Their first son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at the same hospital on July 22, 2013 at 4.24 p.m. weighing 8lbs 6oz.
Kensington Palace, the residence of the Cambridges, announced Princess Kate was pregnant with her second child on Sept. 8, 2014. The news was announced before the pregnancy had reached the 12-week stage because Princess Kate suffered from severe morning sickness, which forced her to cancel public engagements including a trip to Malta.
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