It’s a girl! Fourth heir to the throne is born today

An easel is placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl.d: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
An easel is placed in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby girl.d: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the newest member of the royal family, a baby girl, this morning.

The baby was born at 8.34am at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London after Kate Middleton was admitted at about 6am.

Weighing 8lb and 3oz, the new princess is now fourth in line to the throne and, thanks to a recent change in law, will be the first female royal whose position cannot be overtaken by the birth of another male in the family.

Her birth was announced by a traditional town crier outside the hospital to huge crowds, but there have been no pictures released so far.

The Queen’s fifth great-grandchild has yet to be named, but top bets currently include Alice, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria and Diana.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was present for the birth and it is believed that the family may be able to go home to Kensington Palace today.