Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Girl

Town crier
A ceremonial town crier announces the birth of a baby girl to royal fans and members of the media outside the entrance to the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London on May 2, 2015. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, now the fourth in line to the British throne.

The new princess was safely delivered Saturday at 8.34 a.m. (3:34 a.m. EDT) and weighed 8 lbs., 3oz., according to a statement from Kensington Palace.

A town crier in traditional dress also announced the news to royal fans waiting for news outside the hospital.

The duchess, Kate Middleton, was admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London, the same hospital where she gave birth to Prince George, who turns 2 in July.

The Duke of Cambridge was present at the birth, the palace said.

Political party leaders, gearing up for Thursday's general election, tweeted their congratulations.

There will be relief from some in the media that the birth came so quickly after some news anchors objected to being stationed outside the hospital during Prince George's birth in 2013.