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A royal dynasty welcomes a baby girl in London

A baby girl of royal descent was born in a hospital in London. But don’t panic, you’ve not missed the arrival of THAT royal baby. This little person isn’t the one who will be giving Prince George the run around in the nurseries of Amner Hall and Kensington Palace. The Royal Family of Monaco welcomed a baby girl born in London on Sunday.

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Princess Caroline of Monaco has welcomed her first granddaughter

The proud parents are Andrea Casiraghi, fourth in line to the throne of Monaco, and his wife, Tatiana Santo Domingo. Their new daughter is the niece of Prince Albert II and a third grandchild – and first granddaughter – for his sister, Princess Caroline. The baby, reported to have been named India, is sixth in the order of succession after her father and her big brother, Sacha, who has just turned two.

There’s something of a baby boom going on for Monaco’s Royals at the moment. As well as welcoming Andrea and Tatiana’s two children in the past couple of years there were also celebrations in December 2013 when Princess Caroline’s only daughter, Charlotte, gave birth to a son called Raphael. His father is Charlotte’s longtime partner, French comedian and actor Gal Elmaleh. And of course at the end of 2014, the birth of twins to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene made headlines around the world. Their son, Hereditary Prince Jacques, and daughter, Princess Gabriella, were born on December 10th in Monaco.

But unlike her cousins, this new little girl is unlikely to feature in any official photographs. Andrea and Tatiana, who married in Monaco in the summer of 2013, keep a very low profile. The first official glimpse of their son came just a few months ago when little Sacha made a rare appearance with them during National Day celebrations in Monaco.

While her birth will get nowhere near the coverage of the arrival of another royal baby, it might just be a clue about what to expect when the announcement comes from Kensington Palace before the end of April. Andrea and Tatiana are around the same age as William and Kate and welcomed their first child just months before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Back in 2013, both couples became parents of baby boys born in London. Perhaps history will repeat itself two years later, and we’ll see two royal dynasties welcome baby girls in the British capital as April 2015 unfolds?

Photo credit: By Caroline,_Princess_of_Hanover.jpg: simone.brunozziderivative work: Surtsicna [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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