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It’s a girl!


It’s a girl!

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LONDON (AP) – A princess is born.

Prince William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, “was safely delivered of a daughter” Saturday morning, less than three hours after checking into St Mary’s Hospital in London, royal officials said.

The newborn’s name wasn’t immediately announced. When her brother, Prince George, was born in 2013, royal officials waited two days before announcing his name.

Britons have for weeks been betting that it would be a princess and all the top bets for the baby’s name have been for girls. Alice and Charlotte are the clear favourites, followed by Elizabeth, Victoria and Diana – all names with strong connections to royal tradition.

Kensington Palace said the baby – the couple’s second child – was born at 8:34 a.m. London time (3:34 a.m. Barbados time) and weighed eight pounds three ounces.

The princess is fourth in line to the throne and the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. A royal statement said senior royals “are delighted with the news”. The queen marked the occasion by wearing a pink ensemble while carrying out an official engagement in Richmond, North Yorkshire, 250 miles north of London.

Die-hard royal fans who had been camping for days outside the hospital danced with delight, chanting “Princess! Princess!” and “Hip, hip, hooray!”

A town crier in elaborate costume – with no connection to the royal family – shouted out the news at the hospital’s door, clanging his bell to welcome the new royal.

Kate, 33, and her infant were doing well, and Prince William was present for the birth, officials said. Kate, who wed William in April 2011, gave birth to Prince George at the same hospital in July 2013. William came out of the hospital in the afternoon, waving to reporters and saying he was “very happy” before driving off to see about George.