Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have become grandparents for the second time.
Their son Lord Frederick Windsor, 34, and his actress wife Sophie, 35, welcomed a baby girl called Isabella Alexandra May on January 16 at London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
The Queen has been informed about the arrival of the 43rd in line to the throne has ‘delighted’ the royal family, according to an official statement.
Lord Frederick Windsor, 34, and his actress wife Sophie, 35, welcomed a baby girl called Isabella Alexandra May on January 16 at London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Prince and Princess Michael said: ‘Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor have this morning announced the birth of their second daughter, Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.
‘The baby was safely delivered at 11.59pm on 16th January 2016 at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.’
The formal note continued: ‘Her Majesty the Queen has been informed. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s family and Lady Frederick’s family are delighted with the news.’
Sophie, who has starred in the TV sitcoms Peep Show and Two And A Half Men, married Lord Frederick in September 2009 at Hampton Court.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have become grandparents for the second time
The pair welcomed their first child, daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina in August 2013 in Los Angeles.
Sophie, the sister of Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, told Hello! Magazine shortly after the birth that the labour was ‘long and hard’.
She also revealed that Frederick – like most modern fathers – was present at the birth. She added: ‘He was very brave, because it wasn’t delicate or pretty and I was horrid to him.
‘He read me a crossword clue in the middle of it and I just wanted to throw a saucepan at his head.’
Speaking about his daughter’s name, Lord Freddie said: ‘We liked the idea of an old-fashioned English name and there are a couple of Princess Mauds in my father’s family from a hundred years ago.’
Sophie, who has starred in the TV sitcoms Peep Show and Two And A Half Men, married Lord Frederick in September 2009 at Hampton Court
Maud was baptised at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, wearing the Royal Family’s Honiton lace robe – which was also worn by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
As 42nd in line to the throne, the event was fairly low-key affair, with no senior members of the royal family attending.
Speaking about his granddaughter, who is 42nd in line to the throne, Prince Michael said after Maud’s birth: ‘We are absolutely thrilled by the arrival of our beautiful first granddaughter, Maud.
‘We are both besotted with her. Not only does she have the prettiest blue eyes and adorable tiny feet, but she is also remarkably well-behaved.’