The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have introduced their daughter to the world, as they left hospital to take her home to the palace. The princess slept in her mother’s arms during her first public appearance on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital, in London. They then left for the palace.
The princess – who is fourth in line to the throne – was delivered at 08:34 BST on Saturday after a short labour. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of the 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) baby.
The couple emerged from the hospital to crowds of well-wishers and the world’s media. They stood on the steps briefly before heading back into the hospital to put the princess in a car seat. Prince William then drove them to Kensington Palace.
They did not speak to the media. The Duchess had been in hospital for just over 12 hours before leaving. The baby – whose name is yet to be announced – was born less than three hours after the couple arrived at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital.
Some more details on the shawl, from Eleanor Steafel: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby daughter was presented to the world wrapped in a soft woolen shawl. The princess’s ivory shawl was from G H Hurt and Son Ltd in Nottingham, which has a long-standing connection with the Royal Family.
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess said: “Other Members of the Royal Family have been presented with these shawls in the past and Prince George and The Duke of Cambridge had a similar shawls when they were babies.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Lindo Wing carrying their new baby daughter in the same baby carrier they used to take Prince George home in.
The Britax Baby Safe carrier was the royal couple’s brand of choice back in 2013 when they left hospital for the first time with their son.
Twitter Excitement: Over 280,000 tweets went round the world on May 2, 2015 #RoyalBaby.
The Royal Mint is giving silver pennies to babies born today. The first of them was Laiyah Qanbour, who arrived at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow at 08.53am.
Fashion Explosion: The arrival of a Princess will be celebrated by fashion retailers, who can expect to generate up to £150 million a year in sales when she is older.
Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, said: “As well as the boost to baby clothing sales that we have seen from Prince George, a Princess would be able to set trends throughout her life, which will be great for the people who designed her clothes or those who can make quick knock-off copies.”
Here is a dispatch from Patrick Sawer, who has spent the day outside the Lindo Wing.
“For her first public appearance the new royal baby was remarkably well behaved.
Swaddled tightly in a white knitted shawl, her head protected from the May chill by a knitted cream hat, she lay perfectly still in her proud mother’s arms.
Standing on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where barely 10 hours earlier she had given birth to her daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday waved to the crowds who had gathered outside the hospital throughout the day.
Next to her stood the Duke of Cambridge, smiling broadly as he showed off his sleeping baby daughter to the banks of cameras opposite.
A well-wisher waving from an upstairs window of the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother building, part of the sprawl that is St Mary’s, caught Catherine and Prince William’s eye and they waved back.
Then they returned briefly inside the say a final farewell to the maternity staff and strap their baby into a car seat.
Prince William gently placed the car seat into the back of his Range Rover and moments later they set off for the short drive to Kensington Palace, to be reunited with Prince George, who had earlier paid his new baby sister a brief visit at the hospital.”
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