Baby Sussex has finally arrived and weighs 7lbs 11oz – so how does Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor’s birth compare to big brother Archie and cousins George, Charlotte and Louis?
- New parents Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, welcomed second child
- They named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor after the Queen and Lady Di
- Baby was born on June 4 and weighed 7 lbs 11 oz – while Archie weighed 7lb 3oz
- The biggest royal baby to date is Prince Louis, who weighed 8lb 7oz
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, weighing 7lbs 11oz.
That means Lilibet, who was born on Friday, weighing eight oz more than her big brother Archie, who weighed 7lb 3oz when he was born.
Harry and Meghan announced their daughter’s birth at 5pm today through their Archewell website, rather than through Buckingham Palace, like they did for their son, Archie.
The statement from the couple – who have stepped back from royal duties since the birth of their firstborn – also used american spellings such as ‘honor’ when revealing the news.
Both Archie and Lilibet are significantly smaller than the Cambridges’ three children, who weighed 8lb 6oz (Prince George), 8lb 2oz (Princess Charlotte) and 8lb 7oz (Prince Louis). Louis was the heaviest royal baby to be born in 100 years.
The Duchess of Cambridge spent 10 hours in labour with Prince George, in contrast to just two hours with Princess Charlotte.
So, how does Lilibet’s birth compare to big brother Archie’s and his royal cousins?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, weighing 7lbs 11oz
Archie, 7lb 3oz
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introducing Archie to the world on May 8, 2019
Date of birth: May 6 2019
Time of birth: 05:26am
Time in labour: Unknown
The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her first child Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, on May 6 2019.
Archie’s birth certificate confirmed the place of birth as the Portland Hospital and dismissed speculation that Meghan, who married Harry a year ago on Sunday, had a home birth in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.
The birth was shrouded in mystery however, with the duke and duchess keen to keep the birth location private and details of their medical staff a secret.
Archie was christened in a private chapel at Windsor Castle on 6th July.
In keeping with royal tradition, he wore the hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen.
The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were also used during the baptism.
However unlike other royal births, just 25 guests were present at the baptism, and the couple only released photographs celebrating with their immediate family.
They have never revealed the identities of his godparents, but sources revealed last year Tiggy Pettifer, Harry and William’s former nanny, and Mark Dyer, Harry’s minder, were among them.
Both confidantes were relatively unknown figures among a star-studded pool of candidates touted to fill the role, which included Meghan’s celebrity friends Serena Williams and Misha Nonoo.
Prince George, 8lb 6oz
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of Prince George on 22 July 2013. He was named the heaviest future king to be born in recent history, at 8lb 6oz
Date of birth: July 22, 2013
Time of birth: 4.24pm
Time in labour: More than ten hours
Kate remained in hospital for just over 24 hours when she gave birth to her first child, George, on July 22, 2013.
She gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to the Lindo Wing, at 4.24pm.
At the time, George was named the heaviest future king to be born in recent history, at 8lb 6oz.
Two days after Prince George was born, and one day after Kate left hospital, an announcement was made confirming his name as George Alexander Louis.
Prince George was christened on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose the following people to be godparents to Prince George: Oliver Baker, David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor (Hugh), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel, Michael Tindall and William van Cutsem.
Princess Charlotte, 8lb 3oz
Kate Middleton and Prince William posing on the step of the Lindo Wing after the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015
Date of birth: May 2, 2015
Time of birth: 8.34am
Time in labour: Just over two hours
When Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015, Kate was in and out of the hospital in just 10 hours.
Kate was admitted at 6am and Charlotte was born two hours and 34 minutes later, weighing 8lb 3oz.
At 11am on May 2, Kensington Palace announced the birth via Twitter and a website statement.
Princess Charlotte was named two days after she was born, on May 4, with a formal announcement revealing her name as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
As the second child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge she is fourth in line to the throne.
Charlotte was christened at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham, her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s country estate in Norfolk.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the following people to be godparents to Princess Charlotte: Sophie Carter, James Meade, Adam Middleton, The Hon. Laura Fellowes and Thomas van Straubenzee.
Prince Louis, 8lb 7oz
Prince William and Kate Middleton on the steps of the Lindo Wing in 2018 after the birth of Prince Louis – who took just five hours to emerge
Date of birth: 23 April 2018
Time of birth: 11:01am
Time in labour: Just over five hours
The duchess was taken to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, before 6am on Monday in the early stages of labour, with the Duke of Cambridge at her side.
At 8.24am Kensington Palace confirmed she had been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.
At 11.01am, she gave birth to a baby son and at 1.02pm Kensington Palace announced the birth of the prince and revealed the baby weighed 8lb 7oz.
Soon after the birth the duchess headed home to the sanctuary of Kensington Palace, just as she did with Charlotte in 2015 – but not before introducing the new royal baby to world on the steps of the Lindo Wing.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the following people to be godparents to Prince Louis: Nicholas van Cutsem, and Lucy Middleton, along with Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, and Mrs Robert Carter.
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