A REAL LITTLE PRINCESS: Prince William, Kate emerge from London hospital, show world 1st glimpse of newborn princess
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, where fans and the world’s media have waited for days in central London.
The baby — Prince William and Kate’s second child — was born Saturday morning and weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.7 kilograms), 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.
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 favorites, 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.
Anticipation had been building for weeks after Kate, 33, told a well-wisher she was due around late April. Still, journalists were caught slightly off guard when she delivered barely three hours after checking into the hospital at dawn Saturday.
Both mother and infant were doing well, officials said, adding that senior royals “are delighted with the news.” The queen marked the occasion by wearing a pink ensemble while carrying out an official engagement in North Yorkshire, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of London.
William, who was present at the birth, emerged briefly to bring young George to the hospital to meet his baby sister. William told reporters he was “very happy,” and George, cradled in his father’s arms, dutifully waved to the adoring crowd.
Cheers and chants of “Princess! Princess!” rang out from the hundreds of well-wishers and tourists gathered outside the palace and the hospital as soon as the news was announced. One fan who had camped out outside the hospital for days danced with joy.
“I’m top of the world,” said royal camper.