Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Name We'll Get to Know Her Then We Will Think of One

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Name We'll Get to Know Her Then We Will Think of One

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PRINCE EDWARD today spoke of the emotional moment his wife Sophie was reunited with their baby daughter. He said it was a "fantastic day" because at last his family were all together for the first time.

"This has been a fantastic day in our lives, a day of great relief and great joy," he said.

But Edward, who looked relaxed, held back on publicly naming their daughter - the Queen's seventh grandchild - saying he and Sophie wanted to get to know their baby first before making an announcement.

He said: "As we get to know our daughter we will come up with a name, don't worry."

And the prince admitted it could be up to three weeks before his daughter could come home.

Speaking outside the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, where Sophie, 38, and the baby are being treated, Edward said: "It is difficult to explain what it is like to be a family together."

But he refused to elaborate on the moment Sophie first set eyes on the baby, only saying: "It was quite emotional."

He revealed that his wife was no longer in intensive care but may have to remain in hospital for weeks.

The couple's daughter, who was

born several weeks prematurely, was brought back to Frimley Park today after spending her first days in a special care baby unit at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

Edward, who said he had clocked up quite a few miles travelling between the two hospitals, thanked the medical staff of both hospitals for their professionalism and care.

He also apologised for having to cancel and postpone his royal engagements while he concentrated on his new family. The prince said: "It's a great relief and joy today that we've been able to reunite mother and daughter.

It's fantastic. It's been a priority for the last week." The countess was taken to hospital on Saturday night after suffering agonising cramps. The baby, weighing 4lb 9oz, was later switched to St George's as a precaution. …

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