Saturday, 2 May 2015

LIVE BLOG: The Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to a Girl, A Princess of Cambridge!


We'll be bringing you all the latest news and updates as soon as they happen. Please join in and participate in the comments section! This page should refresh automatically every five minutes.

19:00 Our blog post is now up, click here to read it!

The Cambridges Present Their Princess to the World!


Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

18:27 The Princess of Cambridge.


18:25 Professional photos coming in now.


18:18 The family have left, William and Kate did not answer questions from the media this time.

18.15 Kate is wearing bespoke Jenny Packham.


18:10 William and Kate have emerged on the steps with their daughter!

Jordon Lee

17:55 Some reports suggesting they will emerge in the next fifteen minutes.

17:40 The family are expected to leave the hospital in about an hour.

17:35 BREAKING: Kensington Palace confirms Kate will leave the hospital with the princess this evening. Prince George has returned to the Palace.


17:20 Very interesting tweet!

The Royal Record Twitter Feed

17:05 It is expected the Palace will announce the Cambridges are leaving the hospital 30 minutes in advance. It's going to be very special to see the family of four together.

16:50 Another photo of William and George? I think so..,


16:45 I think Prince George has the royal wave perfected already :)


16:30 You can watch a video of William and George arriving at the hospital here. It is a precious moment!


16:15 Prince William has returned with Prince George. George gave a lovely wave as he walked in to meet his sister for the first time. It was such a sweet moment, William encouraged him to walk in but he wanted his dad to pick him up. 


15:55 Prince William has just left the Lindo Wing driving a Range Rover to see Prince George at Kensington Palace. He was all smiles and said "we're very happy thank you. Just off to pick up George". There were lots of waves and smiles for the media and well wishers. The press team said he wont be long :)


15:47 Prince William's car has arrived!

Jordon Lee Twitter Feed

15:40 Prince Charles taking Prince William to St Mary's Hospital in 1984 to meet his new brother Prince Harry. Will we see a similar scene today? I do hope so...


15:35 BREAKING: Prince William is leaving the hospital soon to visit Prince George at Kensington Palace. Everyone is hoping he will bring him back to the Lindo Wing to meet his sister.

15:25 Of course, talk is turning to all things style related, with many discussing what Kate will wear. When Kate left the hospital with Prince George she chose a bespoke cornflower blue crépe de chine dress by British designer Jenny Packham. Kate teamed the dress with her comfortable Pied a Terre Imperia Wedges (they're currently on sale in certain colours here) and completed the look with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.


15:15 From Rebecca English!

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

15:00 Awaiting confirmation, but various sources believe we could very well see the Cambridges today. It would be exciting!

14:10 The Duke and Duchess are most likely resting at the Lindo Wing now with their new daughter. A look at afternoon tea at the hospital...

Emily Andrews Twitter Feed

13:50 CNN's royal reporter Max Foster just spoke to Kensington Palace and asked if the family are planning to come out later today. The Palace didn't confirm either way, however it's looking quite likely.

Max Foster Twitter Feed

13:45 Clarence House revealed The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are "absolutely delighted" at the birth of the baby princess.

13:35 An interesting piece by Alistair Bruce: New Princess More Than Spare To The Heir:

13:15 Kate's hairdresser Amanda Cook-Tucker has apparently been spotted at the Lindo Wing. It would certainly imply Kate's leaving today.

12:55 The scene at the Lindo Wing.


12:50 Royal Tower Bridge glows pink for a girl.

Paul Harrison Twitter Feed

12:35 The official birth announcement of the new Princess of Cambridge was put in place on the easel outside Buckingham Palace to cheers from the waiting crowds. It was signed by the medical team including Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Alan Farthing. It's nice to see the tradition continuing. 


12:25 Messages of congratulations and good wishes are all over social media at the moment. The Royal Navy congratulated William and Kate with sailors standing on the flight decks of Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster and Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon spelt out the word "sister" in honour of the royal baby.

Ministry of Defence

12.20 There's continued speculation Kate and the little princess will leave the Lindo Wing later today. Prince William's private secretary Miguel Head has just arrived at the hospital.

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed

12:15 The Middletons were spotted at Kensington Palace. I expect we'll see them arriving later to meet their new grandchild. 

11.50 The latest tweet from Kensington Palace (I'm sure the atmosphere is electric there at the moment). 

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

11.45 There's a midwife on Sky News right now who suggests she feels it is very likely Kate and the little princess will leave the hospital later today. She stressed she has no inside information but it's what she would do. We should hear later today from the Palace on this.

11.43 The town crier announces the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter.


11.30 My goodness it's fantastic news! I'm absolutely delighted for William and Kate. Below we look at the full press release from Kensington Palace regarding the birth of the princess.

Royal Central Twitter Feed

11.10  We are thrilled to tell you:

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl. 

Kensington Palace revealed Kate was "safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34 a.m. The baby weighs 8lbs 3 oz.  Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

Congratulations William, Kate and George!


10.40 St Mary's Hospital released this brief statement:

'St Mary’s Hospital has admitted Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge to its Lindo Wing. The [NHS] Trust is extremely proud that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to have their baby at one of our hospitals. All our staff wish them well during this happy occasion.'

10.20 One of the most interesting aspects of the Great Kate Wait has been seeing stories related to royal fans camping out at the hospital. Terry Hutt, in particular, caught the attention of the public. He celebrated his 80th birthday last week and was thrilled to receive a cake and card from Kensington Palace. Following thirteen days of camping, Mr. Hutt said he is "over the moon" to hear the baby is on its way. You can watch an interview at ITV News.

Ewart Royal Twitter Feed

10:05  Kate has now been in labour for four hours with William by her side. It is understood the next notification we get will be of the birth, sex, weight and time. I've been informed an average second labour lasts for five hours!


10.00 A huge welcome to those of you who are just joining us! Thank you so much for enjoying this exciting time with us! A quick reminder, Kate was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labour at 06:00 this morning. KP confirmed the labour is "progressing normally". We'll be with you throughout the day sharing news updates and tidbits of interest :)

09:42 Kensington Palace confirmed all members of the Royal family have been informed. Last week Prince Charles revealed he's hoping for a granddaughter.

PA Royal Reporters Twitter Feed

09:40 Some of you already noted Kate was admitted at a similar time when she went into labour with Prince George. The Duchess was in labour for over ten hours. Subsequent births tend to take a shorter time.

Carolyn Durand Twitter Feed

09:35 People takes a look at the scenic route to the hospital from KP with videos in this piece.

9.30 If the royal baby is born today, the prince/princess will share a birthday with Catherine the Great, David Beckham and Donatella Versace.

08:45 There's plenty of activity at the Lindo Wing as you can imagine. So much excitement and a fantastic atmosphere.

Catherine Wylie Twitter Feed

08:30 Where is Prince George while William and Kate are at the Lindo Wing? Reporter Simon Perry confirmed he's back at Kensington Palace with his nanny Maria Tereasa Borrallo (It is believed Mike and Carole are also there). A royal aide revealed last month the adorable tot is "excited" about the impending arrival of his new brother or sister. I'm hoping we'll see Maria or possibly Michael and Carole Middleton bringing him in to meet his sibling.


08:20 We'll also leave the Live Feed in the post.

08:10  We have embedded the Telegraph's Live Feed on the top of the right-hand menu. Hopefully it will be useful for those of you following the Live Blog here. Click the play button and enjoy! The feed can be expanded to full screen by clicking the little arrows button at the bottom right of the video.

08:00 There are in fact a selection of Live Streams available now. 


07:50 Excellent news! Kensington Palace press officers confirmed:

'The Duchess' labour is progressing normally"

07:45 A look at the statement members of the media received earlier this morning from Kensington Palace below. 

Max Foster CNN Twitter Feed

With social media and the presence surrounding the hospital it was quite something for the Palace to be the first to announce it. We were told we wouldn't hear anything officially between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., however I felt this wouldn't apply if Kate went into labour early in the morning as she did with Prince George.

07:35 Our reader Shayna kindly noted The Telegraph already has a Live Camera feed from the Lindo Wing. You can view it along with their Live Blog here.


07:30 Prime Minister David Cameron send his best wishes to the Duchess.

David Cameron Twitter Feed

07:25 You can watch CNN reporter Max Foster's live Periscope broadcast here.

07:20 As you can all imagine a plethora of articles are surfacing. Rebecca English has solid coverage in her piece for the Mail Online including historical background. The baby will be the Queen's fifth great-grandchild and a great-great-great-great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria.

'Whatever its sex, Prince George’s younger sibling will be the ‘spare to the heir’ and will not expect to be ever crowned sovereign. But second-born royal children have, on occasions, ended up as monarch - most recently when the Queen’s uncle, Edward V111 abdicated over his love for American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936, leaving her father to inherit the throne as George V1. Thanks to their great-grandmother, the new baby will, however, be made an HRH and given the title Prince or Princess of Cambridge.'

07:05 Royal photographer Tim Rooke shared a photo from the Lindo Wing. As you can see police are posted outside and the Great-Great-Great-Kate-Wait is over :)

Tim Rooke Twitter Feed

06:40 The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour. Her Royal Highness was admitted to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in the early stages of labour at 06:00 this morning. William and Kate travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing. Below we see the tweet from Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

This is VERY exciting news. We'll be with you throughout the day :)

203 comments:

  1. Finally! :)The prince or princess will be born May 2nd. Soooo happy!

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  2. Danielle - Australia2 May 2015 at 06:50

    So exciting! And not a moment too soon!

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  3. Wow! You are so fast!! So glad the wait is (nearly) over. Very excited. Fingers crossed all goes well. Am hoping for a little princess.

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  4. So exciting!! Hope it all goes smoothly for her and quickly so we have the birth announcement here in Australia before our bedtime haha...YAY!! :)

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  5. This is exciting!

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  6. Will check your blog before all others throughout the day!

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  7. Wow! Super fast, thank you so much.I almost can't really believe it's actually happening.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 10:37

      Same here. Felt like the kid would stay in there :P

      A BIG thank you to Charlotte for keeping us always updated!! :D

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  8. This is exciting!

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  9. hoping for girl its happening now

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  10. Yay!!! I am heading to bed and hoping that there will be great news when I wake up! All the best to her and hope it will be an easy and safe delivery.

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  11. Tedi in California2 May 2015 at 07:07

    You are right on top of it Charlotte!! Exciting news, hope all goes smoothly for them.

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  12. Eve from Germany2 May 2015 at 07:07

    Ha, I knew it!! I counted the weeks from her 12-weeks-scan mid-October last year and that led to the 40th week being this one! So I always doubted the reports of the due date being the 23rd or 25th of April. Never mind, at last the waiting is over and I keep fingers crossed that everything will be alright and that mother and child wil be fine!

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  13. This is so exciting. Nervous but happy about the impending birth and praying that all goes well. Thanks Charlotte.

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  14. So exciting! I hope she has an easy, safe delivery. I was just going to bed it's 2 a.m. in Florida. I don't think I will be able to sleep now. I can't wait to find out if they have a boy or girl.

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  15. So exciting!! I'm kinda hoping for it to be a little princess!!

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  16. So exciting!!!!

    Cannot wait.

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  17. Nancy in California2 May 2015 at 07:20

    So very exciting. I'm hoping for a girl and a quick and safe delivery.

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  18. anon from Leominster2 May 2015 at 07:22

    Congraulations Charlotte, brilliant job. I believe you beaten much of the press. Shall follow throughout the day with excitement.

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  19. The Telegraph is doing their live coverage of the Lindo Wing door again.

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  20. Fernanda, Brazil2 May 2015 at 07:34

    It's 3:31 am here but somehow I couldn't sleep, so I decided to check in here!! Now, I'm so excited that there's no way I'll be able to sleep tonight!! Wishing HRH Catherine a save delivery and a healthy newborn!! Yay *-*

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil2 May 2015 at 08:51

      OMG!! The same thing happened to me!! I woke up at 3:35 am and couldn't fall asleep again, so decided to take a look at my Twitter feed!! I'm just SO excited!!
      And I always thought the baby was going to be born in May 2!
      Bet 50 bucks a while ago that the baby would be born today, a little boy named Arthur!!
      Even though I *really* wish it's a girl named Victoria Elizabeth Frances!!
      Wishing all the luck in the World to our favourite Duchess!

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  21. Does anyone remember how long it took with George? She also went in in the morining.. had hime somewhere in the afternoon and announced at nught right? and they left at 4 the following afternoon?

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    1. Anja from Germany2 May 2015 at 08:18

      This is what Charlotte wrote in 2013: Kate was admitted to St Mary's yesterday morning at 5.30 a.m. and gave birth at 4.24 p.m. William and Kate spent four hours alone with their baby, before sharing the news with the world at 8.30 p.m.
      ;o)

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    2. thank you! im expecting something similair today. maybr labour goes a bit faster second time around... curious to see wheter they will leave lindo today or tomorrow..

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  22. Wow great stuff wish them well.

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  23. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 07:41

    YAY!!!! Finally!! I'm SO excited! SO HAPPY FOR THEM!!! Can't wait to see this lil muffin!

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  24. Anja from Germany2 May 2015 at 07:42

    Yes! At last! So excited! Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well for mother and child. Let's send them lots of positive energy! Hurray!

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  25. Theresa, from Paris2 May 2015 at 07:55

    Wishing the Duchess all the very best ! May she and the baby stay well and healthy !!!

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  26. Soooo excited!! Makes a 2am feeding with my newborn much more interesting!!!!

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  27. THANK GOODNESS! It's been stressful waiting! SALAMAT SA DIYOS (Thank God in Filipino) I pray for her health and the baby's as well. Whatever gender it is, we shall all celebrate! <3- Filipino anon

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  28. I'm thrilled with the news. All my best wishes to the Duchess of Cambridge. I'm sure that all will be well with Prince William at her side. I simply can't wait for the birth to be announced. YAY !

    Monica, France

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  29. Hoping for a lovely girl!

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  30. Telegraph livefeed embedded is not visible

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  31. This is Amazing, I'm in Chicago USA watching on Periscope on my iPad; TV CNN Live & Your Live Blog via my iPhone & its just because I heard my Tweet Alert as I returned after midnight from a function:) It reminds me of watching The Weddings & Funeral Live! Being a cross The Pond I wasn't expecting this! Guess it's a night I can't sleep:)

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  32. Jean from Lancs2 May 2015 at 08:35

    First thing I heard when i woke this morning., obviously did not wait until 8am.
    Hope all is going well

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  33. So exciting! I cannot wait to hear the good news about the new baby! This is fun! :) (Though I should be focused on grading papers!)

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  34. Omg! There goes my studies! :P
    YAY KATE!
    Hope all goes well :)
    And hope it's a GIRL! <3
    YAYAYAYAY! #SuperExcited :)

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  35. Finally the moment is here. A brother or a sister for George, I wish William, Kate and George for a healthy baby.

    Charlotte,
    What a pleasant treat to have known about your blog. It had become my reliable first stop all things Kate. I wish you a happily productive 24 hours, hopefully with some break for yourself in between.

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  36. Kate, Texas, USA2 May 2015 at 08:51

    WOOHOO! SO very excited! I woke up at 2:15 am to start some laundry and check the blog! Praying for Kate as she labors....praying for peace and calm despite what's going on around her and for a happy, healthy baby. What a fabulous way to start a weekend! Thank you dear Charlotte for the fabulous job you are doing of keeping us informed! Happy Birthday little prince or princess!

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  37. i'm from belgium and going crazy wright now !! love them!!

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  38. i'm from belgium and going crazy wright now!! love this blog and kate!!

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  39. Monica ( Portugal)2 May 2015 at 09:07

    Hello, Like i did say in my last post if can have a possibility for kate be in labour in may, that happen. Also it wll be a girl, and possible name Victoria Elizabeth , Elizabeth is a name that will put in middle for sure to honor the Queen. Can i ask you one thing? if will be a girl you will change the background of the blog from white to pink? pleaseeee eheh

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  40. Yea doesnt surprise this labor and delivery rn. Lol it is a great day for a baby And LOTS of babies think so we have delivered about 10 since 7pm est. :)

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  41. Praying for a safe arrival and healthy mama and baby!

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  42. Oh no history repeats itself! When George was born I had to work from 6PM till 10:30PM so I missed the announcement, today I have to work from 2PM till 8PM! I was actually supposed to work tomorrow but I changed shifts! :( well I hope the announcement will come somewhere after 8PM :p

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  43. Hey, on my birthday! How nice!! ��

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    1. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 14:57

      Happy birthday!!!!!!

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    2. Anonymous2 May 2015 at 10:30,

      Happy Birthday!

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    3. Thank you so much, guys! :-)) Am happy everything went well!

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  44. Hoping and praying for a safe healthy delivery of mom and baby. So excited!!

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  45. I think that she was induced, as she was with George, i don 't think that its coincedence that she was admitted at the same time.
    Thank you so much Charlotte, you are amazing.
    Sorry for my english

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    1. what does it mean? They could have induced at different times.

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    2. did not hear that they induced George? Information source please.

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    3. The Palace said at the time that Kate went into labor naturally with Prince George.

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  46. Jean from Lancs2 May 2015 at 11:10

    It's a GIRL

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  47. They just reported its a Girl.

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  48. Kate, Texas, USA2 May 2015 at 11:15

    IT'S A GIRL!!!! So very happy and excited for the Cambridge family! Such fabulous news!!!!!

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  49. Congratulations! I am so happy for the little princess <3

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  50. I'm so happy for them!!!!
    And 8lb 2oz little Princess.

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  51. Erika from Massachusetts2 May 2015 at 11:20

    Yay!!!!! So exciting. Can't wait to learn the name!

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  52. Joy - Australia2 May 2015 at 11:22

    A girl. Wonderful. Thanks for quick news.

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  53. Theresa, from Paris2 May 2015 at 11:22

    A princess !!!! Wonderful !!!!
    So happy for them... I am glad they are both doing well.

    Thank you, dear Charlotte, for the Live Blog .... Now let's hope they name her Charlotte too :-)))

    Love to all the Duchess Kate fans : time to celebrate, my friends !!!!!

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  54. Sharyn of AUS2 May 2015 at 11:22

    Safe delivery of a girl! A little boy and now a baby girl. They really are the perfect family. Now, who in my social circle has a baby I can hold?

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  55. Joy - Australia2 May 2015 at 11:23

    A girl. How wonderful. Thanks for quick news.

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  56. congrats to duke and duchess i love that she girl

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  57. what a quick labour! only about 2 and a half hours

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 13:19

      Probably had most of the labour at home under the watchful eyes of her doctors. Only to go in when the baby was absolutley coming

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  58. I' m sooooo happy for them. Now waiting for the name (i vote Eleonor)

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  59. Yay! I'm so excited! A baby Kate and Wills, so cute!
    And I'm glad it was announced, at a good time for Australia, otherwise it would've led to a sleepless night!
    Can't wait to hear the name!

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  60. When did they plan to announce the name? Still today?

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  61. Congratulations Kate and William !!!
    Charlotte your blog is the best in the world. Thank you so much for your speedy posts!
    Love from Poznan

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  62. Many, many thanks for your comments and for reading today :)

    It's simply joyous news. I'm sure William and Kate are thrilled to have a little girl.

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  63. Just final refresh from Australia before I went to bed ITS A GIRL! awesome news for the family - such a happy event! Big grins & lucky girl having a mum like Catherine! Thanks Charlotte
    Theresa

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  64. Laura from Milan-Italy2 May 2015 at 11:58

    Really happy for this beautiful news! Congratulations to William and Kate from Milan!
    Laura

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  65. Eve from Germany2 May 2015 at 12:12

    Ha - once again - I knew it! A little Princess - what wonderful news!! Congratulations to the happy parents and little George!
    What a speedy delivery - you could say we can all be glad she made it to the hospital in time ! ;-))))
    Thanks again, Charlotte, for your coverage!
    I´m so excited - and can´t wait for the baby to be named!

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    1. truly. glad she made it to the hospital in time. that was a fast delivery unless she waited for her contractions to be very close before going to the hospital.

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  66. Hi again!
    All this has just happened so fast! :)
    Hats off Charlotte for wonderful and prompt updates.
    Am hoping they will name her Charlotte :)
    Congratulations and best wishes to Will and Kate, from a die hard fan <3
    Can't wait to see them :)
    OMG I'm just so excitedddd! :)

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  67. Rose from Montreal Canada2 May 2015 at 12:20

    Thanks Charlotte. A little princess!!!! I am beyond excited. Just awaiting the name now. I am so pleased that the Duchess had a speedy delivery. Congratulations to William, Kate and George. A nice addition to their family.May they all be blessed. (and hope they get some sleep). Wow a princess!!!!!

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  68. This is thrilling news! So very happy its a girl. Congrats Will, Kate and litte George who is now a big brother. Blessings on them all.
    Anon LA

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  69. Feeling overjoyed! Happy Birthday to the little Princess! I would love to see Prince George arrive to visit his baby sister. It's all making me so emotional!

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  70. The best news to wake up to! So glad the world has a little Princess to dote over, Finally!!!!!!!

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  71. I haven't read all the way through, but I want to say THANKS for this live blog. All the great news happened while I was sleeping in Canada :(

    Yeah! It's a Girl!!!
    Nicole

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  72. Fernanda from Brazil2 May 2015 at 13:03

    It's a girl and that makes me so happy! I can't wait for the name and the pictures of the family later today or tomorrow! :) Thanks for the live blog Charlotte, you're a star

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  73. Yay! A girl!

    Thank you, Charlotte! Wonderful coverage!!

    I am glad that everything went well and that both mum and bub are healthy.

    I would love for them to name the princess Eliza, Matilda or Adelaide! Such beautiful and traditional royal names, but also unique.

    Hope we can see them soon!

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  74. Thank you so much for your blog Charlotte! I'm absolutely delighted with the news of a little princess, how wonderful! Wouldn't it be great if they would choose your name for their baby girl? We'll have to wait and see, I guess:) My fiancé actually woke me up this morning with the news of Kate being admitted to hospital. How sweet of him! No morning grumpiness for me today haha.

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  75. Fantastic news! I'm so happy it's a girl. :)

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  76. Wonderful news for THR and little PG- not to mention PC! So thankful HRH has had a healthy little princess. The best is yet to come......her name and the first little peek at her. Thank you Charlotte, you do such an amazing job for all of us.

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    1. Will she be a daddy's girl or what?
      lol. Charles and William are most likely going to be the most doting
      grandpa and daddy. Not to mention
      Grandpa Middleton. That girl is going to have some perks that's for sure. :)

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  77. Jenn in Texas2 May 2015 at 13:36

    What joyous news! I'm glad to hear mother and child are safe and that she healthy girl. I felt it would be a baby girl! I think she's been giving us hints all along. Thank you Charlotte for the live post the pictures are amazing and you are the best as always! When I was reading the news this morning and it said she was in the Lindo Wing, I immediately came her because I knew you'd have the most info of anybody!

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  78. I am absolutely over the moon for them!! Congratulations to William and Kate and George!! I am so happy today!

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  79. interesting she weighed 8lbs 3ozs and was born at 0834. lol

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  80. A little girl! A little Princess of Cambridge! And a taurus like me. It moved me to tears. Long and happy life to the new little Princess!

    Champagne! Cheers!

    Monica, France

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  81. Tedi in California2 May 2015 at 13:48

    Just woke up to the wonderful news! A precious baby princess!! So happy for them, and thank God Mother and daughter are healthy. Great work, as always Charlotte. Will be waiting to see them.

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  82. Congratulations to Kate, William, little Prince George, the Royal Family and the Middletons!

    Sorry, I was so excited that I forgot that part on my comment!

    Monica, France

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  83. Yikes Charlotte!! I'm sorry for being honest as I know u r only posting certain comments but I have had 3 babies and leaving hosp the same day as giving birth is crazy!! She's had an 8lb baby, her legs are probably still numb from epidural, plus stitches, heavy bleeding, I don't envy her at all today, joyous news but the public eye is hard for her at times!

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    1. not everyone has epidurals, or stitches.

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    2. With my second baby I was up and walking 10 minutes after he was born! I had so much energy! Kate will be well looked after in the coming days.

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    3. I would guess with the speed of the delivery that she didn't have an epidural. I was out of hospital within 12 hours with my third. She looks amazing.

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  84. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)2 May 2015 at 13:54

    I'm so happy for them! I had a feeling it would be today and that it would be a girl. Congratulations to the beautiful family!

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  85. Sarah from Calif.2 May 2015 at 14:02

    Wonderful, wonderful news! Congratulations William, Kate and George :))))

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  86. Alaina from NJ, USA2 May 2015 at 14:05

    Congratulations to the Duke, Duchess & Prince George on the birth of the Princess! It was wonderful news to wake up to here in the U.S.!! I'm sure George will be a wonderful big brother.

    Welcome to this crazy, beautiful world, Princess!

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  87. Little princess. Congratulations to Catherine, William and George.<3 Love from Finland.

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  88. Thank you Charlotte for all your hard work!!

    I'm so excited and happy for William and Kate that they had a healthy girl can't wait to hear what the name is!!

    God bless them

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  89. Kate was wearing pink a lot this time, Charles was almost officially hoping for a girl and they are saying they didn't know the sex of the baby...right ;-)

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    1. cant wait to see what kate wears on leaving hospital this time too

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    2. She aldo wore a lot of blue
      she wore pink last time
      William said he wanted a girl kast time

      Camilla

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    3. I think that as they said they didn't know, we can safely assume they didn't know!

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  90. I hope Diana is one of the names..

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  91. Congratulations to William, Kate and George.

    Congratulations to Prince Charles, Harry and all the grandparents and great grandparents.

    Princes or not, for a man who wanted a girl in his family for over 30 years, one can imagine Prince Charles' rarest of delights and wish fulfilled without any controversy of his life.

    For William and Harry, it is a day they welcome the closest continuation of their mother, the nearest female kin (other than their spousal partners). George is George, well and fitting in historical perspective, but a girl this time around is another gift and special in her own way in a family of four men.

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    1. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 15:17

      Your post made me cry! So true!thank you for such beautiful words!

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    2. Is there not something poetic about it all? From a nineteen year old virgin bride’s marriage to an heir of a long history to the birth of this girl.

      In a country known for its literature and the theater, I have wondered what Shakespeare would have written on the history of this family at least from the early 70s to the present day.

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    3. Dear Tammy,

      In case your post is a reply to my post or any other person, you are very welcome. I hope it is tears of joy and irony.

      Have a wonderful day and life.

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    4. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 18:59

      Yes, SO poetic. She taught this entire family to love and BE a family in a way they didn't know before. Her eldest son now picked someone loving with a loving family and carries it on. My reply was indeed to you.

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    5. Great posts, Anon 15 and Tammy from California. Perfectly expressed and ever so poignant. Thank you. Blessings on you both.

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  92. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 15:07

    1. I think those pink ribbons were a purposeful thing on the pastries. A little hint for such loving supporters.
    2. This little baby is such happy news and renews hope in a time when the news has been SO awful here in he US.
    3. Thank you Charlotte for the live blog- too notch!!!!
    4. LOOOOOVE to see the Tower Bridge pink!!!!
    5. So, so fun to go to bed looking forward to wake up to something (kind of like being a child and knowing you're going to Disneyland the next day!)
    6. YAY A PRINCESS!!!!!!!!

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  93. Wonderful news! I am guessing Mary or Alexandra.

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  94. And I've to go to bed and wait till morning for more news.


    Hurray to the Cambridges! :)

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  95. Wonderful news to wake up to!
    My fingers are crossed for an Eleanor, though I'd like Matilda, Victoria, or Charlotte, too.

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  96. Ah ha! I guessed 4pm, looks like i'm staying awake for another hour!

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  97. Amy, Detroit Michigan2 May 2015 at 15:31

    Great news to wake up to. How exciting!! Still hoping for Caroline!

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  98. Deanne from Canada2 May 2015 at 15:42

    Any photos of Kate arriving at the hospital via onlookers? I'm simply curious.

    Fingers crossed for Prince George's arrival.

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  99. I checked here at around 11 pm US CDT, and nothing. Early this morning I looked again, and lo and behold, a beautiful pink Tower of London! I missed the excitement, but I'm excited now! The Duchess seems to have had a speedy and efficient delivery. May her little daughter have a beautiful life! Thank you, Charlotte, for the wonderful live blog, and Congratulations to Jean, who got to say 'It's a GIRL!' first.

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  100. Yay! A little princess! I wonder if any family has visited yet.

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  101. Sarah from Calif.2 May 2015 at 16:03

    Oh dear, I hope Kate can rest up before she has to face the crowd! It was so overwhelming for her last time with George......please people in the media across the pond, let her rest.

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  102. Prince William left the hospital wearing a bright blue sweater. Maybe he can find a pink one while he's at the palace! And hopefully bring George back with him. :-)

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  103. Maybe Prince George will get to take his baby sister home!

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  104. Lovely news. Didn't care the gender as long as they were both well.

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  105. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess and Prince George!!! So excited that it's a girl! I honestly hope that they name her Diana. I think it would be a great nod to her never being able to meet her grandchildren. It would just be a sweet thing to do. But I also favor the name Alexandria and Victoria.

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  106. Tedi in California2 May 2015 at 16:19

    So adorable! Prince George with his Dad, coming to meet his new sister!

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  107. Oh my gosh I have tears in my eyes, that was such a big moment for little George. The look on his face was just like my 21mth old when she isn't sure on a situation. So cute. Glad William took him straight inside, I hope he doesn't get too overwhelmed wen they return outside with all the yelling etc.

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  108. So exciting! My prediction of May 2 was right! So happy for them. I keep trying to watch the live feed but it freezes just when something happens, I missed prince William come back with George :( Charlotte if there is a short video of that could you share a link please?
    Can't wait to see the little princess and hear what they name her. Thank you for the excellent coverage, as always!
    Hannah, Michigan

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  109. Rhonda - Wisconsin2 May 2015 at 16:23

    Yay!!!! I am so thrilled that the baby has arrived. I need to go shopping, but don't want to miss them leaving the hospital! Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess and Prince George. Welcome to the world little one - we can't wait to watch you grow. :o) Thanks Charlotte - great blog as always.

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  110. Little George is aDORable! Oh my goodness, those cheeks!

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  111. Fantastic news! So happy for them! Thank you for your dedication to the blog to keep us updated. Do you know the address to send a card and/or gift?

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  112. Congratulations to both of them! what a wonderful time for everyone!

    why oh why did prince william wear the SAME sweater? :( but oh well that does not matter.

    can't wait to see the princess!

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  113. If one goes by the history of this girl, she is the female link towards continuity of fertility and future generations (granted she will have children or chooses to have any) of Diana, a star that shone and parted untimely although with fulfillment of two births.

    She is also a long awaited female and wishes answered to her grandfather, Prince Charles, as well as her father and uncle. She is a victory over a loss. It will make sense to name her to that effect in any language they prefer as her first name. Her middle name Elizabeth shared by her mother, maternal grandmother (middle names) and her paternal great great grandmother and great grandmother. To add the last ring of the bell to it, followed by Diana. Before you know it, it could link the three ages of history: Victorian by any other name, Elizabethan and “Dianoia generation” as well as include both sides of her parents family.

    It does not matter if one cares less for Victorian era, being the way it was of ancient colonialism and Britain’s expansionist history, or the current Republican’s complaint against this monarchy ( although they favor the Queen), or if Diana was a mix of controversy. What matters is the child’s own history and circumstance of birth within the family’s life experience as well.

    Well the bottom line what ever meaning the parents find in naming their child. I can't wait enough for the name.

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  114. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 16:34

    Wow, that interaction with George was amazing. William was so hands on and making sure George was calm. Sweetness. And that wave <3. And their matching clothes!!! :D

    What a beautiful little family!

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  115. At a time when I am facing worries with my own pregnancy (but trying to be positive!) this is very happy news. Congratulations to William and Kate, and lucky big brother George. :) A princess!!! And ohmygoodness doesn't George just look so big and gorgeous?! Thank you Charlotte for the quick updates!

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    2. Hoping for a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy for you Kate!!!

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  116. Oh, how sweet to see Prince George waving in front of the Lindo Wing again!

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  117. Oh the video of George and William going into the hospital is so sweet!

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  118. arghh what is up with the Telegraphs live camera?? looking up at brick wall

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  119. Any idea when W&C will come out of the Lindo Wing? I've been watching all morning, but it's a gorgeous sunny day and I'd like to get outside during the wait!

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    1. I'd like to go to sleep! I know the moment I do, that they'll waltz out of the doors and I'll miss seeing them live... Its almost 2.30am for me

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    2. That kept happening to me earlier with the Prince William action!!! I would watch for a while then step away from the computer or switch internet browser tabs and immediately here cameras clicking and shouts/screams and realize PW had come out or arrived!

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    3. By the way, I love your user name LOL! Apparently the moment is happening about 6:30pm London time (in 40 minutes), so you're almost there!!!

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  120. I watched the video of William and George on the Telegraph's live camera, and once George got out into the picture, I teared up. Totally unprovoked. What a beautiful time for this family. I don't even know them, and yet I feel like I am experiencing this with them! Thanks Charlotte for your hard work!

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  121. Tedi in California2 May 2015 at 17:10

    What wonderful pictures of William and George! Thanks so much Charlotte!

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  122. Laura from Milan-italy2 May 2015 at 17:15

    Prince George is so cute!

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  123. Jean from Lancs2 May 2015 at 17:15

    Gorgeous photos of Prince George---that really was a bonus.
    Charlotte, many thanks for keeping us up to date.

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  124. Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you for saving some of us away from the frying pan of some blogs that can be filled with undue hatred even on a birth of a child. To argue with justification in a bottom line hate environment can be tiresome, and given up from posting on at least one widely read blog.

    Your dedicated hard work and professionalism will take you a long way.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

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  125. Prince George has left. The earliest we will see them is 6:30. I heard on the live feed

    Thank you Charlotte for your live blog! You are great!

    Liz, USA

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  126. OMG such wonderful news that I woke up to this morning - I'm in the US so by the time I got up I had missed all the action. However, I made up for lost time and have been perched near my laptop and phone ever since. It is just fantastically amazing that Wills & Kate have a little girl!!! And I'm sure Georgie will be a delightful big brother. Congratulations to all 3 of them! I can't wait to lay eyes on the little princess and of course the pictures of Wills & Georgie just melted my heart!

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  127. Sunset in London is about 8:25 pm (their time), so I'm sure they will leave before darkness arrives. (fingers crossed)

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  128. Per the Telegraph, "We're being told the baby moment is likely to happen at around 6.30"

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  129. So Happy! Thank you Charlotte for your brilliant coverage!
    Blessed Be to Kate and Princess Cambridge.

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  130. So happy for the royals and for all of Britain. What a joy. A new little princess.

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  131. Congratulations and may God Bless this
    family. I think her name will be Princess
    Alexandra Elizabeth Frances.

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    1. Yes they are blessed by God with such a wonderful family. I think your choice of names is very possible, especially with Elizabeth Frances being in the mix. Can't wait to find out!

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  132. Ahhhh!!!! Kate looks beautiful and how sweet are they together with their new daughter?!

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  133. Charlotte,
    You beat major media outlets with your post of William, Kate and the baby girl's first appearance out side the St. Mary's, LW hospital. They look well settled in and the baby looks awake and calm under her bonnet.

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  134. Eve from Germany2 May 2015 at 18:25

    WHAT? Prince William not holding his baby girl? What kind of behaviour is this???? What will the little princess think one day when she´s watching the proud father holding his son on the steps of the Lindo WIng - and then him saying "no" every time her mother wanted to hand her over to him???? I am disappointed! This is not the right sign to give to your daughter!!!

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    1. I didn't see that happen at all. I think you're reading too much into things.

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    2. Her father carried the new princess to the car in her car seat, carefully placed her inside, and drove her home. I think he left the seat belt to Kate, since it took exposed time with George and he was criticized for maybe not fastening it quite right.

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  135. Theresa, from Paris2 May 2015 at 18:31

    Just WONDERFUL !!!!!!
    A gorgeous family. So happy for them !!!
    Champagne :-)))

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  136. Charlotte, are you hearing anything about why this seems rushed? They didn't talk to the media, they left in a hurry...it's just a bit odd.

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    1. I thought it was rushed too.

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    2. I wondered the same thing, but then figured maybe they would rather just get home and rest. Maybe they didn't like having to talk to the media last time, and so decided to just to head home after the required photo call. I don't blame them!!

      I also wondered if Kate wanted to hold the baby to avoid the pictures of her post-baby body this time. I know last time she was praised for showing off her "mummy tummy", but perhaps she doesn't want the discussion about her body this time? She looks wonderful though, and I hope she gets to rest as they adjust to the new addition!

      Jessica in Los Angeles

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    3. Presumably it's because it's already early evening and everyone's tired. With George, they stayed overnight at the hospital and had more time to rest up and recover.

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    4. I know! Was a little anti climactic. I hope there wasn't a security threat. They did look tired, so maybe that was the reason for rushing off.

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    5. I suspect the quick leave was in order to meet the grandparents and maybe great grandparents back at Kensington Palace - preventing more of the nonsense about who visited first. And no doubt Kate did not want to be photographed as she was after George's birth. The dress is also more concealing this time.

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    6. Kate had given birth only ten hours before they left the hospital, rather than the evening before as with George. She probably was not as steady on her feet this time.

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    7. Another possibility is that they didn't want to encumber the hospital with a continued media (and security) presence. They looked fabulous and so happy. There was a good story in the DM (amazingly) about the midwives who coached her.

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  137. Michelle in US2 May 2015 at 18:32

    I was so thrilled to wake up this morning and find such wonderful news waiting. I'm so happy it's a girl! I love Kate's dress, in my opinion it's the prettiest she's worn all pregnancy. Happy Birthday, YRH, Princess of Cambridge.

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    1. I"m in California and woke up to the news too and feel like I missed all the excitement! But I got to see them leave the hospital live. *Whew*. Charlotte, you've done a great job here.

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  138. Charlotte, thank you for such wonderful coverage! So happy for the Duke and Duchess!! Beautiful family!

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  139. She has Kate's nose!

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  140. Tedi in California2 May 2015 at 18:32

    They all look beautiful. Kate looks like she had a day out shopping, not like she just gave birth!! She is amazing. A very healthy lady. Gorgeous family. Precious little Princess.

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  141. So excited about a baby princess! Can't wait to see how Kate dresses her up!! Thanks Charlotte for all you do and best wishes to the Royal Family and Great Britain! Blueskygal from Tucson, AZ USA

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  142. They all look very beautiful! loved the dress even though it's the same silhouette as last time. I agree that the princess looks very much like Kate's side of the family whereas George looks like his paternal side.

    I think the baby will be named

    CHARLOTTE DIANA ELIZABETH

    or

    ALEXANDRA FRANCES ELIZABETH

    or

    ALICE FRANCES ELIZABETH

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    1. I agree about the new princess looking more like the Middletons than PG. Other than the noses,the baby looks very different than PG did when he was born. Looks as though she may be a brunette with an olive complexion like Pippa although so hard to tell at this point. She is a beautiful baby!

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  143. Wonderful, quick, informative coverage, Charlotte! Thank you! Now, I'm dying to know the name. Are you?

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  144. What a sweet little face! And Kate looks wonderful.

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  145. Her shoes are either Jimmy Choo Gilbert or Stuart Weitzman Power pumps in nude

    My guess.

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    1. I thought Stuart Weitzman but I'm sure someone will ID them very soon. I'm going to be a killjoy and say I'm not a fan of the dress. Looks like she stepped out in her nightgown to me. That being said, someone who has just given birth is allowed to wear whatever she wants. I would have loved a pink dress but I realize that's a bit cliche.

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  146. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 18:56

    Charlotte, what does the W stand for on KP's stationery?

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    1. I believe the W is for William.

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    2. Windsor?

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    3. Tammy from California3 May 2015 at 06:55

      Those were my guesses too.

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  147. Tammy from California2 May 2015 at 19:01

    I have never thought Prince George looked like Michael Middleton as some have suggested, but today, I see A LOT of him in Georgie. He just gets cuter and cuter!

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  148. After keeping an eye on the facade of the Lindo Wing for hours (while sorting and filing the chaos in my office), the computer froze just as William and Catherine came out with their daughter. Bad words, bad words, bad words. Sure, I'll be able to catch the replays later, but it's not the same as being in that real time moment. (First world problems, I know.) I'd also hoped that the child would arrive on my birthday, but she was off by one day.

    Still the photos are lovely. And, Charlotte, your coverage is exemplary! Hats off and kudos to you--with huge thanks.

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  149. Shari, Iowa, USA2 May 2015 at 19:21

    I think she has her mom's nose. And maybe her hair, too, from what is peeking out from under the bonnet!

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  150. What a lovely family. I loved seeing George in his Dad's arms. William looks such the dad. And how does Kate do it. I know that she probably didn't get any sleep the night before, early labour usually equals no sleep, giving birth then stepping out with her new baby looking fresh, a little tired but stunning. I know she has a team...but still.
    What a lovely choice of dress, pretty. Gorgeous wee baby. I love her cheeks! I hope the family able able to spend some time settling in as a family of four. How nice for Kate too, she is close to her Mum, I'm sure she will want to nurture her mother/daughter relationship.

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  151. Adorable baby, adorable child, incredible couple. Kate is ......superhuman. Who looks like that after delivering a baby!
    She is going to make a great Queen.

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