British royal couple presents new baby to the world

(UK POOL / REUTERS) – The UK’s youngest royal comes out to the world…as her parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, beam with pride.

These are some of the first pictures of the princess, whose name has yet to be announced — though bookies say Charlotte, Alice, and Victoria are among the favorites.

Weighing 8 lbs 3 oz, the baby girl was born at 8:34 a.m. local time — some 2.5 hours after Kate was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in West London.

The palace said Prince William was present for the birth.

But he later left to pick up young George so he could meet his new sister — the queen’s fifth great-grandchild…

…and the fourth royal in line to the thrown.

For many Britons, the birth has been a welcome distraction from the country’s knife-edge general election campaign — coming to a vote next Thursday.

A little over 12 hours after Kate arrived, she and William took the baby to her new home at Kensington Palace.