The royal baby has arrived!
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital at 6am on Saturday and her new princess was born at 8:34am weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Nicholas Witchell reports from outside the Lindo Wing
As the media swarm on the Paddington hospital, we were set to be treated to repetitions of key phrases like "it's a waiting game now".... and then news came that Kate had safely delivered of a daughter.
Of course the ubiquitous Kay Burley was busy scurrying around the media pen but it was the BBC's Nicholas Witchell who grabbed the attention of social media followers. And they are NOT being kind.
User @frozenwarming tweeted: "It's that glorious time again, when you realise no matter how annoying your job is, at least you're not Nicholas Witchell."
Gary Stitchell added: "Finally, Happy Nicholas Witchell is An Embarrassing Servile Toady Day to all. #RoyalSprog."
Simon Brown said: "This is your final warning. Nicholas Witchell on TV all day #RoyalBaby."
Steven Mills added: "'Let's pass over to our Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell.' Those nine words everyone dreads..."
In fairness, some seemed to feel rather sorry for the poor reporter...
Hang in there Nick...
Journalists had been at the hospital for several days but were only sent emails at 6.30am advising them that the Duchess had arrived at the hospital.
One photographer was heard in the morning saying: "I'm going to need a bigger ladder."