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Royal baby: Queen meets great-granddaughter

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Image caption The princess follows a long line of royals named Charlotte

The Queen has met her new great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte for the first time at Kensington Palace.

The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born on Saturday at London's St Mary's Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Kensington Palace revealed on Monday that she had been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of their second child.

The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace on Tuesday, witnessed by a registrar from Westminster Register Office.

The document gives the date and place of Princess Charlotte's birth, and her full name as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

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Image caption There cannot be too many birth records where the parents' occupations are "Prince and Princess of the UK"

The Queen is believed to have arrived in London from her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The meeting was the first time a serving sovereign had met a great-granddaughter born in direct succession on the male line since Queen Victoria met George VI's sister Princess Mary, who was born 118 years ago in 1897.

The princess has had several other visitors, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall who spent more than an hour with their new granddaughter on Sunday.

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and sister Pippa have also met their newest relative.

The duke and duchess and their daughter have been at home in Kensington Palace since leaving hospital on Saturday evening.

It is understood they will remain there for the time being before travelling to their country home, Anmer Hall, on the Queen's Sandringham estate, in Norfolk.

BBC royal correspondent Daniela Relph said once the family of four went to Norfolk, they would probably not be seen again until Princess Charlotte's christening.

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Image caption The Queen pictured leaving Kensington Palace after meeting her great-granddaughter
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Image caption The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine's parents and sister visited on Sunday

The Queen and other senior royals were told of the baby's name before the announcement was made public.

Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, has a long royal pedigree and became popular in the 18th Century when it was the name of George III's queen.

The King bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a family home close to St James's Palace - it became known as the Queen's House and is now Buckingham Palace.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, Charlotte is the 21st most popular girl's name in England and Wales with 2,242 babies being given it in 2013.

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Image caption The couple took their daughter home after spending just over 12 hours at the hospital
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Image caption The newborn was wrapped in a shawl and wearing a bonnet when presented to the world's media
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Image caption The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery marked the arrival of the princess with a 41-round gun salute

On Monday, gun salutes took place in London to mark the birth. Gun salutes are a tradition on the birth of every prince or princess.

Soldiers from The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out in a procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, to sound 41 shots in Hyde Park .

At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company left their Armoury House barracks in the City of London to fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.