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  1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left hospital with their new baby daughter, who slept throughout
  2. The new princess was born at 08:34 BST (07:34 GMT), on 2 May, 2015, two-and-a-half hours after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital
  3. Prince William told reporters he was "very happy" at the arrival of his second child
  4. The duke brought Prince George to the hospital so that the young prince could meet his sister
  5. The name of the baby, fourth in line to the throne, is yet to be announced

Live Reporting

By John Harrison, John Hand and Alison Daye

All times stated are UK

Just waiting for the name...

Duke and Duchess

Prince George made a brief public appearance in the afternoon, as he was taken to the hospital by his father to meet his new sister.

The princess remains unnamed but will bring you any news on that

in our main story of the day's events.

A momentous day

What a day. It all started with news that the Duchess had been admitted to hospital and within hours it was announced that she had given birth to a baby girl at 08:34 BST following a short labour.

The royal couple and their daughter have now left London's St Mary's Hospital for Kensington Palace - but not before the world got its first brief glimpse of the new royal baby.

A good day's work

Nicholas Witchell, Royal correspondent:

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"That's the way to do it, all wrapped up in less than 12 hours."

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tweets: Kate looks like she just walked through a meadow.. Not like she's just given birth #RoyalBabyWatch #RoyalBaby #KateMiddleton

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tweets: Looks like she has inherited Kate's dark hair to me.

The royal couple will stay for a few days at Kensington Palace before leaving for their country home, Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Kensington Palace

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tweets: So sweet. And of course, I'm sure that dress has just sold out #RoyalBaby

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tweets: love squishy little new babies. the new princess looked very cute #RoyalBaby

The princess's fashion debut


The baby princess made her first public appearance wrapped in a white shawl and wearing a bonnet. Her mother was wearing a white Jenny Packham dress with a yellow floral pattern.

Tribute to grandmother

Nicholas Witchell

Royal correspondent

I think there is a compelling attraction to Elizabeth [as a possible name for the baby].

You might think William might want one of the names to be Elizabeth in tribute to his grandmother.

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tweets: The Princess looks like she has a full head of hair! Can't wait to see more of her and find our her name! #RoyalBaby

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tweets: How does Kate Middleton look so beautiful after giving birth THIS MORNING #RoyalBaby

Video of exit

For a video of the moment the royal couple emerged from hospital, click


Family portrait

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Here they are again, standing on the steps of the Lindo Wing with their new baby daughter, just over 12 hours after the duchess was admitted in the early stages of labour. They wee greeted by huge cheers from the watching crowd.

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tweets: Awwwww beautiful baby and stunning mummy! #RoyalBaby #princessofcambridge

Another look at baby

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The royal trio have now reappeared from the Lindo Wing, with Prince William carrying his sleeping baby in a car seat. He loads her into the back of a people carrier and they begin their journey home.

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tweets: Yay! It's the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the #RoyalBaby :D Kate is looking great!

Ready for your close-up?

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The picture the world has been waiting for. The first picture of the baby princess.

Back inside

The royal couple and their new daughter have gone back into the hospital after a minute outside. They did not say anything to the crowds or the waiting media.

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tweets: I LOVE that the whole world is watching these doors. #RoyalBaby

Sleeping through a big moment

The new princess appears to be asleep as she is carried out to meet the world.

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Here they are!

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear at the door of the Lindo Wing, as they leave hospital, with Catherine carrying their baby daughter.

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tweets: Perhaps a pink Jenny Packham for Kate today?!:) #RoyalBaby

Nicholas Witchell

Royal correspondent

It has caught us all by surprise - we were expecting a much longer process than this.

Lindo Wing from above

Aerial photo of outside the Lindo Wing

The aerial view of the Lindo Wing, where we are expecting the duke and duchess - together with their new daughter - to appear imminently as they leave to go home.

Making an effort

Cafe Diana, near Kensington Palace

Cafe Diana, near Kensington Palace, in London, has marked the royal birth by decorating the outside with balloons - along with a cut-out Catherine and William.

Global excitement


around the world have been toasting the birth of the second child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Katrien Grobler, from South Africa is currently living in London, said: "I'm shaking with excitement, the atmosphere is amazing! There are at least 1,000 people here. Most of them are photographers!" Julie Lischer, from Georgia, USA, said: "We held a shower for the royal baby. I served scones and cucumber sandwiches and all kinds of Royal treats. I invited my friends. Everyone came in their finery and hats."

'No shrinking violet'

Astrologer Russell Grant claims the new princess is likely to have "shades of Diana's personality", saying: "With a Cancerian ascendant (the same as Diana's sun sign) and with challenging aspects from Uranus, Pluto and the moon in Libra, and just before Monday's full moon, there is a rebellious intensity and not a trace of a shrinking violet." He added: "This child is going to be a handful."

The full statement

read: "Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be leaving St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, this evening.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their daughter will travel home to Kensington Palace.

"Prince George has now returned to Kensington Palace.

"Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received.

"They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes."

Cambridges to return to Kensington Palace

In the statement announcing that Catherine and her new baby will be travelling home to Kensington Palace, the duke and duchess thanked staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they received and thanked members of the public for their warm wishes.

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The Duchess of Cambridge will leave hospital with her new baby daughter this evening, it has been announced.

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Seyda from London emails: I think Charlotte Anne or Grace. Let's see what the gorgeous couple will name their newest arrival.

Introducing Miss Mountbatten-Windsor

We don't know the name of the new royal baby, but we do at least know what her surname is, should she ever need to use it.

The monarchy's official website explains: "For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor."

Cambridges show 'relaxed approach'

Prince William and Prince George

Rachel Burrows, from parenting site Netmums, said the decision to bring Prince George to meet his new baby sister in hospital, showed that the Cambridges were a very modern family. "This relaxed approach is a little outside of normal Royal protocol and shows the Duke and Duchess are determined to give both George and his sister a down-to-earth childhood," she said.

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Patti Stanger, US TV personality


tweets: Royal baby is a Taurus n that means this little girl would not only be beautiful as Taurus is ruled by Venus but kind! Nice sign 4 a #Royal

Disney welcomes a new princess

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Disney, which knows a thing or two about princesses, has compiled a special one-minute film of some of its most popular infant characters to welcome the royal baby. You can watch it on

Disney's Twitter feed

Canadian congratulations

Good wishes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been coming from across the Atlantic. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the Royal Family held "a very special place in our country and so the news of this new addition to our Royal Family is particularly exciting".

Super fan has sleeping bag stolen

Terry Hutt
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Royal super fan Terry Hutt, 80, said he had been sleeping outside St Mary's Hospital for 11 days - and had his sleeping bag stolen during his royal baby vigil. Bedecked in a Union Jack suit he said he remembered many royal births, including that of Prince Charles. "I've been watching all of them all the way through as they've got older," he said.