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Kate Middleton gives birth to baby girl

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Britain has a new Princess after the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, gave birth to her second child with Prince William by her side. Prince George's little sister was born on 2 May at 8:34 am in the exclusive Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34 am," Kensington Palace announced on Twitter. "The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth."The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & members of both families have been informed. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

Proud grandad the Prince of Wales will no doubt be thrilled as he had already admitted that he was hoping for a granddaughter.

After being admitted, Kate was in labour for just over two hours under the supervision of consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston. Also present was consultant neonatologist Sunit Godambe, who both attended the birth of her first baby.William and Kate's daughter is the first girl to have been born to a direct heir to the throne since the Queen gave birth to Princess Anne 64 years ago and is the monarch's fifth great-grandchild.

It may be a while before the nation finds out what the newest member of the royal family is called. When George made his debut in July 2013, it was a few days before the new parents revealed his names. What is known is that the couple's daughter will be styled HRH Princess 'first name' of Cambridge – just as their eldest is HRH Prince George of Cambridge.The last Princess of Cambridge was Princess Mary Adelaide, who was born in 1833 and was the great-grandmother of the current Queen.

Charlotte headed the list of girls' names with the public last time and it remains a strong favourite. Queen Charlotte was the wife of George III, who reigned from 1760 until 1820. 

The name would also be relevant for the Middletons as Kate's younger sister is Pippa Charlotte. Obviously, Diana would be a lovely way to remember William's mother. Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexandra, Alice, and Mary may well be considered too because of their royal connections.

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