Sunday, July 10, 2011

Delighted Victoria and David Beckham welcome 'happy and healthy' 7lbs 10oz baby girl

By Liz Thomas and Sarah Bull

-Pair want to 'get to know' their new daughter before deciding on a name
-Sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz 'excited' to meet their new sister
-The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge send message of congratulations
-Emma Bunton and Mel B tweet their congratulations to Victoria

New addition: David and Victoria Beckham have welcomed a new addition to their family, a 7lbs 10oz baby girl

For years their house has been dominated by boys but Victoria and David Beckham have finally got the little girl they have been hoping for.

The couple announced their fourth child was born at 7.55am today and weighed 7lbs and 10oz.

A spokesman said: ‘David and Victoria Beckham are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter.

‘Happy and healthy she arrived at 7.55 am this morning at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are excited to welcome their new baby sister to the family.'

The child was born by elected Caesarean, in the same way as her older children.

The Beckhams, who have been married for almost 12 years, have yet to release a name for their baby girl.

A close friend said: ‘There is no name as yet. They are going to spend a little time getting to know her before choosing the name.’

The couple are widely expected to stick to showbiz form with something unusual.

Reports suggested Luna was being considered as a name by the pair, while another touted Beverly, as a reference to Beverly Hills, as another possibility.

The couple also turned to their sons for ideas but apparently rejected Romeo's suggestion outright.

Oh baby! David posted this picture of his pregnant wife Victoria on his Facebook page earlier this week

The youngster, a huge fan of Justin Bieber, announced his thoughts after his mother's first scan when she was told she was expecting a fourth son.

'When we got told it was a boy, one of the boys, my middle son Romeo, said, "how about Justin Bieber as a name - Justin Bieber Beckham",' his father told a US talkshow.

'So now we know it's a girl, he's like, 'how about Justine Bieber Beckham".'

Following the birth of the little girl, David's sister Joanne tweeted: 'Big congrats to my sister in law @victoriabeckham and my big bro on the birth of my beautiful niece :) can't wait 2 see u all xx'

A delighted Mel B, who is expecting her third child later this year, also expressed her excitement on the network site, writing: 'Congrats!!! Yipeee another spice baby is born, damn it wish it was me this AM cos I feel like I'm about to POP!'

And Emma Bunton added: 'Big kiss to @victoriabeckham can't wait to meet your gorgeous little girl!'

It's getting close! David was on the field for LA Galaxy yesterday ahead of his wife giving birth

Excited: The couple's children Brooklyn and Romeo were there to cheer their dad on

Victoria has remained active throughout her pregnancy - working on her fashion line and travelling up until last month.

Just days ago the LA Galaxy star, 36, posted a portrait of his heavily pregnant wife that put her form on show in all its glory.

He wrote on his Facebook page: 'Took this pic of Victoria while she wasn't looking. She looks amazing, so close now to the baby being born!'

And, earlier this week, David and Victoria were wished good luck for their arrival by Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

David attended a drinks reception welcoming the royal couple to Los Angeles, but Victoria was absent from the event given that she was so close to the end of her pregnancy.

The footballer told Prince William: 'Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love. How was Canada? It looked amazing.'

Congratulations: David's UK-based sister Joanne was quick to take to her Twitter page to offer her congratulations

Spice love: Emma Bunton offered her congratulations to the Beckhams on their new arrival

My turn! Victoria's former Spice Girls bandmate Mel B said congratulations but said she wanted to be the one to give birth

Prince William replied: 'Don’t be silly, send her all our love and tell her good luck with it all. It’s been an amazing few days – we’ve been so lucky with all the incredible places we’ve been able to see and we’ve met so many fascinating people. It’s been amazing, amazing.'

And, following the birth, William and Catherine were quick to send a message of congratulations to the royal pair, according to their press secretary Miguel Head, who added they were unlikely to have time to meet the new arrival.

David also spoke about the media frenzy surrounding the birth of his first daughter.

He said: 'I woke up on Wednesday to a tonne of messages on my voicemail from our friends congratulating me on the birth of our daughter.

'I turned to Victoria and said: “Did I miss something?” Apparently it’s being reported every day that she’s already been born. One way or another, fingers crossed, she’ll be with us in the next few days.'

Going solo: David attended a drinks reception to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Los Angeles earlier this week and was wished luck for the arrival by the royal pair

The former Spice Girl turned fashion designer, 37, has often hinted at her desire for a daughter, saying in one interview that should could imagine “painting her nails, putting on make-up, and choosing clothes” with her.

Last year she said: ‘Everyone keeps asking me if I would like to have a little girl and I think, at some point, if I am lucky enough to have another baby that would be great. If I am blessed enough.’

The couple’s main home is a £14million mansion in Beverly Hills but the couple have yet to decide where they will live once his contract with LA Galaxy expires in November.

Speculation had mounted that they would return to the UK after they put on hold plans to sell their £18 million home - ‘Beckingham Palace’ Hertfordshire.

Victoria recently gave a frank appraisal of how she and her husband differ in their view of life in Los Angeles.

She said: ‘He misses European football. But America really works with my personality.’

Growing brood: Victoria and David are already parents to sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz

The couple first met in 1997 and became engaged a year later before having first son Brooklyn - famously named after the place where he was conceived – in 1999.

Four months later, the Beckhams enjoyed a sumptuous wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, with the couple much ridiculed for opting to sit on golden thrones.

The couple have become one of the biggest brands in the planet with an array of endorsement deals and are now worth an estimated £150 million.

Second son Romeo was born in 2002 and Beckham left the UK in July 2003 when Real Madrid paid £25million to sign him from Manchester United.

Building up: Victoria was last seen out with David in Las Vegas on 29th June

His wife chose not to move to Spain until the following year choosing instead to focus on a solo career after the demise of the Spice Girls.

David announced he was transferred in July 2007 to LA Galaxy and they moved to Beverly Hills where the boys have been attending a prestigious private school ever since.

Victoria has carved out a successful design career and her dresses are now a favourite with Hollywood stars.


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