Royal baby: Kate Middleton gives birth to a girl, Duke and Duchess present their newborn to the world

The little girl was born at 8:34 a.m., Kensington Palace announced, and weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

Kensington Palace announced the birth in a statement: “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. 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.”

William and Kate made a brief appearance before the hundreds of journalists and cheering fans gathered outside the maternity ward of St. Mary’s Hospital.

A smiling Kate, dressed in a white-and-yellow floral Jenny Packham dress, held the little girl, whose name is not yet known, in her arms.

The child will be the fourth in the order of succession to the British throne, behind her grandfather, her father and her brother.

Among bookmakers, Alice and Charlotte are the favorites for the little princess’ name, followed by Elizabeth, Victoria and Diana.

It is the couple’s second child, after son George was born in July 2013.

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