Sunday 3 May 2015


From Prince Charles to the bettors at the corner store, everyone in Britain was hoping for a girl.

The Duchess of Cambridge delighted her nation and royal enthusiasts around the world Saturday by delivering one such princess. The royal birth was greeted with cheers and elated cries of "Hip, hip, hooray!" outside St. Mary's Hospital in central London, where fans and the world's media have waited for days.

The baby — Prince William and Kate's second child — was born Saturday morning and weighed eight pounds, three ounces, officials said. She is fourth in line to the throne, and the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, 89.
It may be a day or two before the world knows what to call her. When Prince George, her older brother, was born in 2013, royal officials waited two days before announcing his name.

Tony Appleton annouces the birth on the steps of the Lindo Wing 

Britain hasn't welcomed a princess born this high up the line of succession for decades. Speculation about the new royal's name has been frenetic, and all the top bets for the baby's name have been for girls: Alice and Charlotte are the clear favourites, followed by Elizabeth, Victoria and Diana — all names with strong royal connections.
Royal children are usually given several names — the baby's brother, for example, was christened George Alexander Louis — so the princess's name could incorporate more than one of those guesses.

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