Queen 'delighted' as Princess Beatrice welcomes baby girl

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The Queen is "delighted" at the joyous news that Princess Beatrice has welcomed a daughter into the world.

Buckingham Palace announced overnight that the Queen’s granddaughter has given birth to a baby girl, weighing 2.78kg.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have welcomes a baby girl together. Photo: Getty Images

The baby, Beatrice’s first with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, was born at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Saturday evening.

Princess Eugenie took to her Instagram account to express her delight, writing: “To my dearest Beabea and Edo⁣ Congratulations on your new angel. I can't wait to meet her and I'm so proud of you. We're going to have so much fun watching our children grow up. Love Euge .”

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The princess, who is a mother to baby boy August, went on to write a letter to her new niece.

“To my new niece ⁣ I love you already and think you're just awesome from the photos.. we're going to have so much fun ⁣together. Love your Auntie Euge.”

The Queen in a blue outfit
The Queen is "delighted" by the happy news. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Beatrice announced in May that she was pregnant, with the Queen saying she was “delighted” by the news.

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace to announce the baby’s safe arrival, it read: "The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

Beatrice and Edo beside a waterfall
Princess Eugenie shared a sweet tribute to her sister online. Photo: Instagram/Princess Eugenie

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf."

The baby, the first for Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, and her property developer husband, comes after the pair tied the knot in July 2020 amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Edoardo is already a dad to four-year-old Wolfie from his relationship with former fiancee, Dara Huang.

He named his and Dara’s son after his beloved step-father, Christopher Shale, who collapsed and died at Glastonbury Festival.

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