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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Prince Harry has spoken about his baby niece for the first time, describing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's little girl as "absolutely beautiful".

Prince Harry has spoken about his baby niece for the first time, describing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's little girl as "absolutely beautiful".

Harry, who is in Australia on attachment with the British armed forces, said he could not wait to meet the infant princess who was born on Saturday at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

Her parents William and Kate also thanked well-wishers for the support they had received following the birth.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world.

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"It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter."

He added: "Additionally Prince Harry has said about his new niece: 'She is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to meet her'."

The Cambridges' baby daughter was visited by her doting grandparents during the day as the world waited for the announcement of her name.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall joined Michael and Carole Middleton at Kensington Palace for a family gathering to welcome their new granddaughter.

Charles has made no secret of the fact he wanted his second grandchild to be a girl.

And the heir to the throne wasted no time in meeting his granddaughter, arriving behind the wheel of an Audi estate car with Camilla in the passenger seat beside him.

The royal couple joined Mrs Middleton and her daughter Pippa, and were soon followed by Michael Middleton.

The Cambridges' daughter is fourth in line to the throne and will be affectionately known as 'the spare to the heir'.

Around 10 hours after she was born the baby princess took part in her first photocall outside hospital, and delighted the world as she slept in the arms of her mother.

Gun salutes will be fired in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London tomorrow afternoon to mark the birth.

William and Kate are expected to leave Kensington Palace for their Norfolk bolt-hole Anmer Hall some time over the next 24 hours.

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