Palace easel announcement confirms birth of royal baby girl

Buckingham Palace confirms that Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, has given birth to a daughter on Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 2, 2015) (UK POOL) – Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday (May 2), the palace confirmed.

In keeping with tradition, the official announcement of the birth was made by placing a notice on an easel at the forecourt of the queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace.

A large crowd gathered outside the gates of the palace and cheered as two men secured the notice to the easel.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34am today. Her Royal highness and her child are both doing well,” read the notice.

According a Twitter statement from the royal couple’s Kensington Palace residence, the baby, their second child, weighed 8 lbs 3 oz (3.7 kilograms) and William was present at the birth.

The Duchess gave birth some 2-1/2 hours after having been admitted in the early stages of labour to the the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, West London, the palace said.

Both families of the couple had been informed, it said, including the new baby’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, her grandfather Prince Charles and William’s brother Prince Harry.

A ceremonial town crier announced the birth of the new baby, who will be fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William and her older brother George.

No name for the newborn has yet been announced.

William, 32, was born at the same hospital to the late Princess Diana in 1982.

He and Kate, 33, met as students at St Andrews University in Scotland, married in a spectacular ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 and have since become global stars.

When Kate leaves hospital, the couple will initially return to Kensington Palace for a couple of days before heading to Anmer Hall, their country mansion on the queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England.