Yes, it’s official, Kate Middleton has given birth to a baby girl as hinted by the Duchess of Cambridge earlier and the Kensington Palace announced the news on Twitter, saying: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.”
“The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth,” it said. Kate Middleton is still in the St Mary’s hospital with her husband Prince William and the baby at the Lindo wing of the hospital.
“HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 06.00hrs to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London and is in the early stages of labour. The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge,” Kensington Palace’s tweet said.
The baby girl, who is 4th in line of ascension to the throne, replaces Prince Harry after Prince Charles, Prince William and her brother Prince George.
The first baby Prince George was born in July 2013 and he is the third heir-apparent to the British throne after his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles. His great-grand mother is the current Queen.
The brouhaha witnessed earlier when Prince George was born is really missing this time as both the timing and the gender did not come as surprise owing to almost confirmed rumours in the media. Moreover, unlike last time, the palace too announced the news of pregnancy much earlier.
Even her brother Prince George was born in the same hospital and their father Prince William was also born in 1982 in the same hospital and their uncle Prince Harry, younger brother of Prince William, was born in the same St Mary’s Hospital in 1984 to Prince Charles and Diana.
There was a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery immediately after after the birth. Though the basic royal salute is 21 rounds, since it was conducted in Green Park, a royal park, an extra 20 rounds were fired.
At the Tower of London, 62 rounds were fired, the basic 21 and another 20 as the Tower is a Royal Palace and an additional 21 for the “city of London”. Union jacks are currently flying at all the government buildings, Royal Naval ships, and defence establishments following royal baby’s birth.
Otherwise, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy was smooth except during the initial days when she suffered early morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.