Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, has given birth to a daughter, Kensington Palace announced on Saturday.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am," the statement said.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
It added that Prince William had stayed by his wife’s side throughout the labour.
The baby is the royal couple's second child after Prince George, who was born in 2013.
He or she will be the fourth in line to the throne after Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son Prince Charles, his eldest son William and George, the new arrival's big brother.
The palace added that names of the little girl will be announced “in due course”.
Queen Elizabeth, senior royals and Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, were said to be “delighted” by the news.
Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household and a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, led the delivery team.
The world's press quickly gathered outside St Mary's in anticipation of the birth.
William's office announced on April 21 that he had gone on leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot after completing his training ahead of the birth.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace, William's official residence, said he would not return to work until June 1.
Gun salutes in celebration
He and Kate are planning to spend the first few days after the birth at Kensington Palace, their London residence.
They will then travel to Anmer Hall, a country mansion on Queen Elizabeth's privately-owned Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, where they have set up home.
Cannons will be fired across London to celebrate the birth – 62 shots from the Tower of London and 41 from Green Park – and the British flag will be flown from government buildings.
The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess (name) of Cambridge.
The baby will be christened as a member of the Church of England, wearing a replica of the intricate lace and satin gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.
Experts say the royal birth could inject tens of millions of pounds (euros, dollars) into the British economy, with a baby princess particularly lucrative because she could become a fashion trendsetter.
George's birth gave Britain a £390 million (544 million euros, $592 million) boost and the new baby is expected to generate approximately £300 million, according to figures from the London School of Marketing.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
Date created : 2015-05-02