Monday 27 February 2017

Queen Elizabeth gushes over Princess Charlotte: 'We love having another girl'

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand for the national anthem at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth has spoken of her delight at welcoming her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte into the royal family.

The Queen hosted her first garden party of the year at Buckingham Palace yesterday and told attendees that she and husband, Prince Philip, are thrilled at the new arrival.

Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana earlier this month and the two were introduced at the Palace soon after her birth.

While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently on parental leave from their royal duties and taking up residence at their home in Amner Hall, Norfolk, it's back to business for Queen Elizabeth.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand for the national anthem at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand for the national anthem at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace

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One of the 8,000 guests at yesterday's garden party, Susan Pollack, told the Daily Mail: "I told her I'm so happy at the arrival of another baby. I said congratulations.

"She said, 'Yes, we love to have another girl". She smiled at that. She was very relaxed and enjoying the event'."

Prince Charles also spoke of his delight at welcoming a little girl, even revealing his hopes of a little sister for Prince George before her birth.

Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London
Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London

"I really was hoping for a girl," he said.  "She is beautiful."

"I was hoping for a granddaughter. Someone to look after me when I am very old."

Princess Charlotte was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London
Princess Charlotte was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London

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