Queen Elizabeth II 'Delighted' as Granddaughter Gives Birth

Princess Beatrice gave birth to a baby girl and is "looking forward" to introducing the new born to her stepson, Buckingham Palace announced.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter gave birth at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital just before midnight (GMT) on Saturday.

The monarch, 95, has been told of the arrival and is said to be "delighted," according to the palace.

Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi made sure his child from a previous relationship with architect and designer Dara Huang was not left out.

Christopher Woolf was born in 2016 and the official palace statement said Beatrice and Edoardo were looking forward to introducing them.

Royal stepparents are a rarity just 40 years after Prince Charles married Princess Diana against the backdrop of now dated expectations his bride would be an aristocratic virgin.

Princess Beatrice use her official Twitter account to post: "So delighted to share the news of the safe arrival of our daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Thank you to the Midwife team and everyone at the hospital for their wonderful care."

A Buckingham Palace announcement read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

"The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces. The new baby's grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf."

So delighted to share the news of the safe arrival of our daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

Thank you to the Midwife team and everyone at the hospital for their wonderful care.

— Princess Beatrice of York (@yorkiebea) September 20, 2021

Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! #JustMarried #RoyalWedding

The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. pic.twitter.com/1WMW1nUQ0q

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 18, 2020

Princess Beatrice described her experiences of parenting as a stepmother in an article for The Evening Standard earlier this year.

"This year, I had the great honour to become a stepmother, and have had the most remarkable time going back over some of my most favourite stories at bedtime. Together, we had such a special time reading through all the entries for Oscars Book Prize 2020."

She added: "My stepson has been, as many children have, home schooling this term. Helping him to engage with stories is a great journey to inspire imagination, creativity, independence and humour."

Princess Beatrice married Mapelli Mozzi during the coronavirus pandemic at a scaled-down wedding in Windsor Castle last summer.

Official photos from the day showed them posing with the queen and Prince Philip, though her father Prince Andrew was absent amid Jeffrey Epstein-related sex abuse allegations.

The birth comes after The Sun reported on Saturday night that Prince Andrew had made a last minute dash to a London hospital to see his daughter.

The happy news comes after a difficult year for the royal family since Prince Philip's death on April 8 sent the queen into an unusually long 14-day official mourning period.

However, there is also a cloud over the York family due to allegations of rape against Prince Andrew lodged at a New York civil court.

Princess Beatrice at Wimbledon
Princess Beatrice attends the Ladies' Singles Semi-Final matches on centre court during Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2021 in London, England. She gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday, September 18. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images