Kate Middleton and Prince William Welcome Baby Girl, Media Coverage Intensifies

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Global TV coverage of the newborn, who's fourth in line for the throne, and social media activity explode.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby girl, royal officials in Britain announced Saturday.

Kensington Palace said in a brief statement that Middleton "safely" delivered a daughter at 8:34 a.m. London time, less than three hours after she was admitted to the hospital.

The baby weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces (3.7 kilos). The palace added that Kate and her child both are doing well and that Prince William was present for the birth.

Kate Middleton gave birth to a princess.

Prince William held his new daughter in her car seat.

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Global media coverage kicked into high gear after news that Middleton had gone into labor, with TV crews descending on the London hospital where the baby girl was born and social media activity kicking in. The royal baby quickly became the top trend on Twitter.

The princess is fourth in line for the throne and is the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. The statement said that senior royals have been informed and "are delighted with the news."

The statement also was posted on Twitter. It said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am. The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. ... The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & members of both families have been informed. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

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Kate, who wed William in April 2011, gave birth to Prince George at the same hospital in July 2013.

Officials are not expected to announce the name of the newborn immediately. When George was born, officials waited two days before announcing his name.

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