The royal palace statement
Here is the statement by Kensington Palace on the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter in full: “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.”
This was put up at the gates of the Palace this morning.
William has just bought George to see his sister. William kissed his head boy talk about tearful -such a happy day for the UK and so many people sharing the day with us. The American man outside the hospital summed it up when he said there is nothing like our Royal family but I think its because we adore the Two Princess so much as we loved their Mother princess Diana.
The new princess will be fourth-in-line to the throne – but can only be called a ‘princess’ after intervention by the Queen
She will not loose that place if another brother comes along as the Queen has changed the rules She is the first princess that cant be superseded by another Prince.
If the Queen had not stepped in, the new royal baby would have been a lady rather than a princess and would not have been Her Royal Highness.
Under past rules, the first-born son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was entitled to automatically become a prince.
A Letters Patent in 1917, issued by King George V, limited titles within the royal family, meaning that although her older brother is HRH Prince George of Cambridge, William and Kate’s new baby daughter would have been Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.
But the Queen issued a Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm in December 2012 when Kate was around three months pregnant with George, declaring “all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour”.
In later life, when William is king, the new Princess might have the honorary style the Princess Royal – which is currently used by Princess Anne. It is customarily given by the sovereign to his or her eldest daughter.
Day to day, the newest addition to the royal family will be a Princess of Cambridge – following the dukedom given to William by the Queen on the morning of his wedding. William used Wales as his professional surname in the forces and George and his baby sister are likely to use Cambridge in the same way.
Should the Princess require a surname to get married or for legal reasons, it will be Mountbatten-Windsor.