Of all the babies that were born on Saturday—and there were several—one of the babies was a royal baby, which, as these things go, is a pretty good kind of baby to be. This particular royal baby was born to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and is a girl.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am. The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
The new baby—whose name has not yet been announced, so place your bets—will benefit several new rules governing the line of succession, which came into effect in March, the BBC reports. These include the removal of male bias (i.e. she won’t be overtaken by and future young brothers), and also she can marry a nice Roman Catholic, if she so desires, without giving up her place in line.
Update, 1:45 p.m. – It’s a real baby.