Pippa Middleton says sister's wedding 'felt like a family event'
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Kate and Prince William opened up on their happiness after the Duchess’ sister Pippa Middleton gave birth to a baby girl in the early hours of Monday. A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “The Duke and Duchess are absolutely overjoyed by the happy news.”
Kate’s younger sister gave birth to her second child, Grace Elizabeth Jane, yesterday at 4.22am.
The baby weighed 6lbs 7oz at birth and is doing well, a family insider said on Monday.
The name of Pippa and James Matthews’ daughter gives a sweet nod to other family members.
Grace’s middle name, Elizabeth, is also shared by Kate, her mother Carole Middleton and Princess Charlotte.
Jane, on the other hand, is the name of James’s mother.
This isn’t the first time the Middletons pay tribute to one another through their children’s names.
Princess Charlotte, whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, bears the second name of Pippa, who was born Philippa Charlotte Middleton.
Little Grace is the fifth grandchild of Carole and Michael Middleton, Pippa and Kate’s parents.
The newborn is also a cousin to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte five, and Prince Louis, two.
The latest addition to the Matthews-Middleton family has two cousins on James’s side too.
And she has an elder brother, Arthur, who was born in 2018.
Given the ongoing lockdown, Kate and Prince William won’t be able to meet Grace for a few days.
According to the roadmap unveiled earlier this year by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, two households will be able to meet outdoor while social distancing from March 29.
Speculation surrounding Pippa’s second baby started to swirl in December last year, but the family never confirmed the Duchess’ sister was expecting.
Earlier this month, however, her mother Carole cheekily admitted she was looking forward to be able to spend time with her family again – including her grandchild to come.
In an interview for Good Housekeeping, Carole said: “I hope to see more of my family than I could last year, including, of course, my new grandchild.”
While Pippa did not speak publicly about this pregnancy, she was very open about her experiences and routine while she was expecting Arthur.
At the time, she confirmed she was pregnant in her column on Waitrose Weekly.
And throughout the pregnancy, she shared with her readers how she was staying healthy and fit.
She once wrote: “When I learned the happy news that I was pregnant I realised I needed to adjust my normal four to five-day-a-week routine and find a way of continuing my exercise safely throughout the three trimesters.
“So, the journey of pregnancy fitness began.”
Pippa gave birth to Arthur at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London – the same clinic chosen by Kate while pregnant with her three children.
It isn’t known where Pippa gave birth yesterday.
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