The Duke of Cambridge has told reporters he was “very happy” after his wife Kate gave birth to a girl.
Prince William was present for the birth of the couple’s second child, who weighed in at 8lb 3oz.
Both mother and baby are “doing well” at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, the palace said.
The prince spoke of his joy as he left the hospital to visit his son George at the palace and both are expected to go to St Mary’s shortly.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at 8.34am and the delay between then and an announcement just after 11.15am is understood to have been so the couple could tell their families.
The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the baby’s uncle Prince Harry had been informed and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are “absolutely delighted”, Clarence House said.
The Duke of Cambridge’s uncle Earl Spencer said: “It’s wonderful news – we are all thrilled for all four of them.”
Crowds of media and well wishers rushed to see a town crier announce the arrival on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London… see more