Gun salutes took place in London on Monday, May 4th to mark the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
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.
The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday, May 2nd, in the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals were told of the baby’s name before the announcement was made public.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said on May 3rd: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.”
Kate Middleton has given birth to a girl at St Mary’s Hospital in London on May 2nd.
The name of the baby will be announced in due course, the Kensington Palace said.
There has been much speculation about the princess’s name, with Alice being the favorite with several bookmakers. Charlotte, Elizabeth and Diana have also been popular with punters.
Prince George’s name was announced two days after his birth, which is a relatively quick turnaround compared with previous royal babies.
Prince William’s name was announced after 7 days in 1982, and there was a wait of a month following Prince Charles’s birth in 1948.
The new royal will not be overtaken in the line of succession by any future younger brothers.
Under new rules which came into force in March, male bias was removed from the succession rules.
She will also be known as the Princess of Cambridge after a Letter Patent was issued by Queen Elizabeth II.
It declared: “All the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of prince or princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honor”.
The princess will also be able to marry a Roman Catholic without losing her place in line to the throne.
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