The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, has added his congratulation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new baby girl.
Bishop Paul said: “Anybody who has been a parent or grandparent will know something of the joy and anxiety that the birth of a new baby brings. On behalf of the congregations of the Diocese of Durham I send our warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess on the birth of their daughter.
The Royal couple have already shown that they are modern parents able to juggle the pressures of a busy working life with those of being attentive parents - and I know that they will be a beacon of all that is good about family life with their new arrival. I hope that many in the North East will be praying for them in these early days.
Christians hold to the belief that we are all royal children, Sons and Daughters of the King of Heaven. My prayer will be that this child may grow up knowing that she is loved not only by her family but also by the God who created her.”
The new baby was born at 8.34am weighing 8lbs 3oz and William was at his wife’s side during the delivery.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter is fourth in line to the throne, the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and a spare to the heir - and Prince George’s sister.