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Sam Branson and wife Isabella welcome first child

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Sam Branson and his wife Isabella have become parents for the first time. Proud grandfather Sir Richard Branson announced the exciting news that Isabella had given birth via a statement on his website on 26 February – a week after the youngster was born. "Delighted to share the wonderful news that Isabella and Sam are the proud parents of a new baby girl: Eva-Deia Branson," wrote Sir Richard. "She was born at 4.39pm on February 19th, weighing 7.14oz."

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Sir Richard with his son Sam, daughter-in-law Isabella and new granddaughter Eva-Deia

The multi-billionaire businessman, who became a grandfather for the first time in December 2014 when his daughter Holly gave birth to twins Etta and Artie, added that he and his wife couldn't believe thier joy at having three new additions to the family. "Joan and I are the luckiest grandparents alive to have three beautiful healthy grandkids in the space of two months," he wrote. "And Bellie’s parents Mary Gaye and Jo are equally ecstatic." Virgin tycoon Sir Richard went on to reveal that an impulse feeling prompted him to fly back to the UK just before Isabella, whose half-sister is Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, gave birth to baby Eva-Deia. "I was in the British Virgin Islands and had an instinct to catch the plane back to London, although the baby could have arrived any time in the next week," he wrote. "Joan and I were lucky enough to get to the hospital before the birth, and within a few hours of my landing, Eva-Deia arrived.

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Sir Richard Branson announced Eva-Deia's birth a week after her arrival

"It was a magical moment watching Bellie and Sam welcome their child into the world; I've never seen them look happier and Sam was jumping for joy," The new parents, who tied the knot in March 2013, have given their little girl a name close to their hearts. "They decided to name the baby after Sam’s grandmother Eve," explained Richard, referring to his 90-year-old mother Eve Branson. "And one of the most beautiful villages in the world, Deia in Majorca. We spent many happy times there as a family at our little hotel La Residencia, and funnily enough Holly also loved the name before deciding upon the equally beautiful Etta and Artie. Perfect names for perfect babies!"

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