At 08:34 in the morning on Saturday, 2 May 2015, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the baby princess the world had been waiting for.
Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge weighed in at 8lbs 3oz and was delivered only two and a half hours after her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
Appropriately, the modern Princess’s birth was announced by Kensington Palace on Twitter when they tweeted to the world that: ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.’ The tweet quickly garnered more than 43,000 retweets and more than 40,000 likes.
Physicians present at the birth included Alan Farthing, surgeon-gynaecologist to Queen Elizabeth II, Sunit Godambe, consultant neonatologist, Huw Thomas, physician to the Queen and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, an expert in high-risk pregnancies and surgeon-gynaecologist of the Royal Household. They were joined by midwives Jacquie Dunkley-Bent and Arona Ahmed.
As is tradition, an announcement was posted on the same easel used for the birth of Prince George in 2013 in the Buckingham Palace forecourt at mid-day.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had stayed overnight in the hospital following the birth of Princess Charlotte’s older brother, Prince George, the media and waiting public were shocked and delighted to learn that the royal couple would be taking the new baby home that same day.
After a day filled with frenzied excitement in the press and across the world, Princess Charlotte was swiftly introduced to the world less than 10 hours after her birth, attending her first photo call with her parents on the hospital steps. Unlike at the birth of the Duke and Duchess’s firstborn, the royal couple posed very briefly and did not speak to any of the waiting press before departing for Kensington Palace.
The photos showed the delighted and beaming royal couple with their newest bundle of joy and were shared by Kensington Palace on Twitter with a simple and lovely caption: #WelcomeToTheFamily
Two days after her birth the public learned that the little princess, who is fourth in line to the throne and Her Majesty The Queen’s fifth great-grandchild, would be named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.