It’s a girl!
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby girl Saturday morning, Kensington Palace announced.
And true to form, swelling throngs of enthusiastic well-wishers (and droves of international press) who began congregating outside of St. Mary’s Hospital in Central London earlier in the week were brimming with national pride.
According to the palace statement, the princess was “safely delivered” at 8:34 a.m. local time, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces.
The unnamed newborn is fourth in line to the throne behind her grandfather, Prince Charles; her father, Prince William; and her 21-month-old older brother, Prince George.
It’s unclear when the palace will announce the name of the baby. Prince William’s name wasn’t announced until a week after his birth, and Prince George’s name was revealed two days after he was born.
Contenders for the princess’s moniker include the bookmaker-favorite, Alice, the crowd-pleasing Diana, and the ultra-royal Elizabeth, among others.
Both Catherine and her new daughter are “doing well,” the palace said, and as Prince William left the hospital briefly to pick up his son, he told the waiting crowds they were “very happy,” according to news reports.