The Royal Princess

The Royal Princess! Photo courtesy of AP

The Royal Princess! Photo courtesy of AP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a baby girl, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, to their family on 2 May 2015.

Pregnancy and Birth of the Royal Princess

In September 2014, the royal family announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child. As with her first pregnancy, the Duchess experienced hypermesis gravidarium, a rare illness during pregnancy that resembles extreme morning sickness. Throughout this time she was treated by the Queen’s surgeon gynecologist Alan Farthing, assisted by obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston.

Catherine (Kate), the Duchess of Cambridge, delivered the second Royal Child (8 pounds, 3 ounces) at 8:34 a.m. in St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington district of London. The Princess was born only three hours after the Duke and Duchess arrived at the hospital.

In 1982, Princess Diana of Wales gave birth to William in the same hospital where she later gave birth to his younger brother Harry. The family now resides in Kensington Palace in newly refurbished apartments, which the family prepared as their family residence at a price of roughly $1.5 million.

Succession to the Throne

The new baby is fourth in line to the throne of the British Commonwealth, pushing Prince Harry further down the line of succession. Due to new laws, gender does not affect the succession to the throne. If the Duke and Duchess were to have another baby boy, he would not jump before the new baby girl for succession. However, with the birth of George, the throne will likely be ruled by kings for at least the next 80 years.

The British Commonwealth includes the United Kingdom, Canada, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Grenada, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas. Only Queen Elizabeth II (current), Prince Charles, and Prince William precede the new prince.