Jubilant scenes erupted all over the United Kingdom on Saturday morning as Kensington Palace announced the arrival of a new British royal.
Crowds gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London cheered as it was announced by a traditional town crier that Princess Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, had given birth to a baby girl at precisely 8:34 a.m. local time.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34 a.m." Kensington Palace announced. "The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz."
"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,” the statement continued, adding both the Duchess and the newborn child were in good health.
Celebrations broke out across the country upon announcement, relieving a week of anxious waiting after the Duchess was admitted into labour earlier in the morning already overdue.
The latest addition to the British royal family is now fourth-in-line to the throne, after her older brother George, who is now 21 months old.
The royal couple is expected to announce the name of the child later on in the day, while Prince William’s 33-year-old wife Catherine, also known as Kate Middleton, is likely to spend one more night in the hospital.