UPDATE (May 4, 2015):
The princess has a name!
The newest UK royal, a girl born on Saturday, has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, The middle names, of course, are a tribute to her great grandmother, the current queen, and her paternal grandmother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is fourth in line to the throne — after her grandfather, Prince Charles: her father, Prince William; and her brother, Prince George.
She will be called Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Her mother is Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
LONDON (May 2, 2015) — It’s a princess!
That was the happy news on Saturday morning, after the Duchess of Cambridge — the British royal also known as Catherine — gave birth to her second child.
The little girl came into the world at 8:34 a.m. (3:34 a.m. ET) Saturday at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, Kensington Palace announced via Twitter. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
The Duke of Cambridge, aka Prince William, was with his wife at the hospital. And within a few hours and before word got out to the public, the rest of royal family — including Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry — learned of the delivery.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the palace tweeted.
Joins big brother George
Simply by virtue of being born, the newborn girl is already officially fourth in line for the throne.
That’s behind her grandfather Charles, the Prince of Wales; her father, William; and her big brother, Prince George.
George, who was born in July 2013, and his little sister already have a lot in common. For one, their arrivals both spurred a frenzy in Britain and beyond. You could see it Saturday in the crowd outside St. Mary’s Hospital, with some wearing pink or blue — depending on their preference for a boy or a girl.
But Terry Hutt , who just celebrated his 80th birthday, said either a prince or a princess was fine with him.
“Well I’d like both! Can you imagine how George feels?” Hutt said. “It’s probably his new toy.”
Amanda Copko, who is visiting London from Oregon, said she’ll camp outside the hospital until she sees the baby in her mother’s arms.
“I look at them as ambassadors of UK,” she said. ” We are staying here … until royal baby walks out the door!”
An instant celebrity
And, much like their father, the siblings likely will continue to get a lot of public attention growing up.
The media generally have been respectful of the royal family’s wishes to restrict photos of Prince George. And having the family live at Anmer Hall, which is about 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of London’s Buckingham Palace, should help them have some semblance of privacy.
But Kate Williams, a royal historian, expects this will be hard to keep up as the royal siblings enter their teenage years and adulthood. In the British royals’ long history, after all, it’s only now they’re living in a time of abundant media outlets, the Internet and smartphones, and the glamorization of princes and princesses is as strong as ever.
In some ways, Catherine’s newborn daughter will have an easier time than her brother “because no one thinks she’s going to be queen,” according to Williams. As a girl, though, she may face different types of scrutiny than a boy might — like what she’s wearing, how her hair looks and more, much like her mother has — the historian said.
“Whatever the mainstream do agree to do, people are there with camera phones, the internet …it’s going to be very, very difficult to give (this baby) a real, private normal childhood like Kate Middleton had simply because it’s a huge celebrity,” Williams told CNN. “Everyone wants a photo. It’s going to be very, very hard to hide her away — (when) all these little girls across the world just want to see the real, royal princess.”
While the older brother or sister is destined for a life of regal duty and obligation — of public engagements, investitures and ribbon cutting ceremonies — the role of the younger royal is less defined.
That’s the case for William’s brother, Prince Harry, who has been bumped to fifth place in line for the throne.
Prince Harry’s ascension to the throne was a long shot, anyway. The second child of royal parents is known as “spare heir.” Traditionally, they were expected to rule if an older sibling died or could not become king or queen.
Her role will take time to define. But now that news of her birth is out, what the world is waiting for is her public debut, no doubt in one of her parents’ arms, as well as her name.
When George was born, William and Catherine opted to use the shorter version of his name. The chubby-cheeked toddler’s official name is Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
George and his new baby sister may use “Cambridge” as a last name when they attend school in a few years.
But one big question remains: What will the royals name the new princess?
CNN’s Elaine Ly contributed from London, and Faith Karimi and Greg Botelho wrote and reported from Atlanta. CNN’s Max Foster contributed to this report.