by Emily Engle
At 11:09 a.m. on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, news was made public of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child, a daughter. The girl was born at 8:34 a.m., weighing 8 lbs, 3 oz; her name was announced a few days later to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Charlotte, simply for being born, is now fourth in line to the English throne behind first grandfather Charles, Prince of Wales, then her father William, Duke of Cambridge, and finally her older brother, George. She is also the first British royal to take the title of “Princess” in over 25 years – since the birth of Princess Eugenie a quarter-century ago.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, was admitted to the hospital around 6 am, giving birth only a few hours later, and leaving the hospital that evening around 6 pm. The Duke of Cambridge, William, announced to the public that the couple is “very happy.”
Kensington Palace issued a few hours after the birth the following statement: “Her royal highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34 am. 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 and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. Her royal highness and her child are both doing well.”