The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending their first day at home as a family of four, as it is widely thought they may reveal the name of their baby daughter later.
William and Kate announced the name of their first child, Prince George, the day after the royal couple left hospital in July 2013, so could do the same for their daughter.
After proudly showing off the baby princess to the world as they left the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London yesterday just 10 hours after her birth, the couple returned to Kensington Palace.
The Cambridges are expected to remain at the palace for a few days before they travel to their country retreat, Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
While in London they are likely to be visited by Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and possibly members of the Royal Family.
Their daughter, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born at 8.34am on Saturday, weighing 8lbs 3oz.
William, who had been at his wife’s side during the birth, spoke of his joy following the birth, telling the press he was “very happy”.
The Duke’s father the Prince of Wales – who said he wanted his second grandchild to be a girl – and Duchess of Cornwall were “absolutely delighted” by the news, Clarence House said.
William’s uncle Earl Spencer also reacted with joy to the announcement, saying: “It’s wonderful news – we are all thrilled for all four of them.”
The Queen, who attended a military event at Richmond Castle, in North Yorkshire, was dressed appropriately in pink on the day her fifth great-grandchild, who was overdue, was born.
There were also words of congratulations from party leaders who broke briefly from campaigning for the General Election.
In celebration, London’s Tower Bridge turned pink as did fountains in Trafalgar Square.
The moment William and Kate emerged through the doors of the Lindo Wing, supporters cheered and photographers and camera crews captured the first images of the baby girl.
Kate, 33, held the princess who was wrapped in a white shawl and a cream woollen bonnet, tied under her chin. She appeared to be fast asleep.
The couple smiled and briefly waved to the crowds and the world’s media.
Prince George, now 21 months old, was taken by his father to the private maternity unit to meet his baby sister.
It was the first time George has been officially seen in public in the UK since he left the same hospital himself as a newborn nearly two years ago.
Among the bookies, the names Charlotte and Alice are vying for top spot – with tens of thousands of pounds wagered by punters.
It is thought that the princess could be christened before the Queen goes to Balmoral for the summer in a couple of months’ time.