By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
August 24, 2010
David Cameron said today the birth of his fourth child, a baby girl born early and delivered by Caesarean section, was "absolutely thrilling, really exciting".
The Prime Minister's wife Samantha went into labour this morning and gave birth at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro at about midday.
The baby, weighing 6lb 1oz, had been due next month but took the Cameron’s by surprise while they were holidaying in Cornwall.
A beaming Mr. Cameron told reporters the "unbelievably beautiful girl" did not have a name yet, but said it would "have to have something Cornish in the middle".
"It was very exciting, we were on holiday, thought we were going to get through the holiday and then have a baby, and then it just seemed to kick off a bit quickly," the Prime Minister said.
"We woke up this morning and thought she was having contractions and it was all beginning to get going, so we thought we would come to the hospital just to get everything checked out, and then things sort of sped up and it all happened very very quickly and the baby popped out out at about 12 o'clock.”
"They seemed to be doing fine and my job was to make the toast and the tea, things like that, but it's absolutely thrilling, really exciting and it's just lovely they are both doing so well."
A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister and Mrs Cameron are delighted to announce the birth of their fourth child, a baby girl. Both the baby - who was born weighing 6lbs 1oz - and Mrs Cameron are doing very well.”
"The PM and Mrs Cameron would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the hospital for their help and kindness."
Mr Cameron said the early birth had been "a bit of a shock".
He said: "It was a bit of a shock. I always thought it was possible because Samantha's have tended to come a bit early.”
"She had been having contractions for the last couple of days on and off and just sort of thought this was time to come to the hospital and check out, see if everything was fine, and the next thing we knew we were all getting into the gear and baby was coming out."
Mr Cameron said he was "in for suggestions" for names with a Cornish link.
"It was very exciting having a baby in Cornwall, we'll have to have something Cornish in there somewhere.”
"I've got the book out, Samantha's having a look through and she'll decide, I'm sure, before long."
Tamara was suggested to the Prime Minister as a possible name - a reference to the River Tamar which forms Cornwall's border with Devon.
"Well obviously we're the right side of the Tamar, that's right," he said.
The child is only the second born to a serving prime minister in 150 years. The other child was Leo Blair, the son of Tony and Cherie Blair, born in May 2000.
The Camerons' first child, Ivan, died last January aged six. The couple have two surviving children, Nancy, 6, and Arthur Elwyn, 4. Both were "thrilled, bouncing up and down, and dying to say hello to the new baby", Mr Cameron said.
In May 2000, Leo Blair became the first child to be born to a serving prime minister.
Shadow foreign secretary and Labour leadership favourite David Miliband said: "I'd like to offer many congratulations to Samantha and David Cameron on the birth of their baby girl."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who was holding the fort in Downing Street during the Camerons' holiday, sent his congratulations to the Prime Minister.
He said: "Miriam and I are absolutely delighted by the fantastic news.”
"All our best wishes are with David and Samantha at this special time for them and their family."
The Cameron Children
1a Ivan Reginald Ian Cameron. 8.IV.2002 - 25.II.2009
1b Nancy Gwendoline Cameron. 19.I.2004 -
1c Arthur Elwen Cameron. 14.II.2006 -
1d Florence Rose Endellion Cameron. 24.VIII.2010
2 David William Donald Cameron. 9.X.1966 - m: 1.VI.1996
3 Samantha Gwendoline Sheffield. 18.IV.1971 -
4 Ian Donald Cameron.
10.XII.1932 - m: 20.X.1962
5 Mary Fleur Mount. 22.X.1934 -
6 Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield, 8th Bart.
9.V.1946 - m: 11.XI.1969 d: 1975
7 Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones. 1946 -
8 Ewen Donald Cameron. 1906 – 1958 m: 17.XII.1930 d: bfre 1946
9 Enid Agnes Maud Levita. 10.II.1908 – 1993
10 Sir William Malcolm Mount, 2nd Bart.
28.XII.1904 – 22.VI.1993 m: 17.X.1929
11 Elizabeth Nance Llewellyn. 22.XII.1904 -
12 Reginald Sheffield. 24.X.1908 – 6.III.1977 m: 12.XI.1931
13 Nancie Miriel Denise Soames. 1907 - 10.II.1997
14 Timothy Angus Jones. d. 1960 m: 23.I.1948
15 Patricia David Pandora Clifford. 29.I.1930 - 1988
16 Ewen Allan Cameron. 1879 - 14.XI.1937 m: 22.VII.1905
17 Rachel Margaret Geddes. d. 19.V.1969
18 Arthur Francis Levita. 1865 – 18.XI.1910 m: 19.XII.1903
19 Stephanie Agnes Cooper. 5.IX.1883 – 9.XII.1918
20 Sir William Arthur Mount, 1st bart.
3.VIII.1866 – 8.XII.1930 m: 9.XI.1899
21 Hilda Lucy Adelaide Low. 23.V.1875 - 3.IV.1950
22 Owen John Llewellyn. 1870 - m: 1903
23 Anna Elizabeth Mann. 1877 -
24 Sir Berkeley Digby George Sheffield, 6th bart.
18.I.1876 – 26.XI.1946 m: 18.VII.1904
25 Baroness Julia Marie van Tuyll van Serooskernken.
8.I.1883 – 14.VII.1952
26 Edward Roland Soames. X/XII.1868 – 1943 m: 15.IV.1899
27 Eleanor Corisande Astley. 1867 – 20.VII.1950
28 Sir George Roderick Jones. 31.X.1877 – 23.I.1962 m: 1920
29 Enid Algernin Bagnold. 27.X.1889 – 31.III.1981
30 Hon. Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford.
1890 – 6.X.1969 m: 21.X.1925
31 Alice Gundry. 1902 - 1980
32 Sir Ewen Cameron. 23.VI.1841 – 10.XII.1908 m: 1878
33 Josephine Elizabeth Houchen. 1857 -
34 Alexander Geddes. d. 2.VII.1902 m: 15.XI.1877
35 Frances R. Sharp.
36 Émile George Charles Levita. 1827 – 21.VII.1909 m: 1860
37 Katherine Plumridge Rée. 1842 – 20.I.1896
38 Sir Alfred Cooper. 1838 – 3.III.1908 m: 4.VII.1882
39 Lady Agnes Cecil Emmeline Duff. 18.V.1852 – 11.I.1925
40 William George Mount. 18.VII.1824 – 14.I.1906
41 Marianne Emily Clutterbuck. 18.XII.1837 - 19.IX.1928
42 William Malcolm Low. 6.XI.1835 – 14.VI.1923 m: 30.VII.1872
43 Lady Ida Matilda Alice Feilding. 23.VI.1840 – 16.XII.1915
44 Evan Henry Llewellyn. 25.II.1847 – 27.II.1914 m; 29.X.1868
45 Mary Blanche Somers. 1847 -
46 William John Mann. VII/IX.1848 -
47 Julia Brown.
48 Sir Robert Sheffield, 5th bart. 8.XII.1823 – 23.X.1886 m: 30.I.1867
49 Priscilla Isabel Laura Dumaresq. d. 30.V.1900
50 Baron Willem Charles Reginald van Tuyll van Serooskernken.
25.IX.1845 – 17.X.1903 m: 5.I.1881
51 Countess Anna Mathilde van Limburg-Stirum.
24.VII.1854 – 14.V.1932
52 Stephen Soames. 6.VIII.1826 – 14.VII.1908 m: VII/IX.1863
53 Julia Constance Martin. 1.X.1837 -
54 Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd bart. 19.II.1828 – 10.X.1894
55 Eleanor Blanche Mary Corbett. d. 7.VI.1897
56 Roderick Patrick Jones.
57 Christina Gibb.
58 Arthur Henry Bagnold. 18.III.1845 – 9.XII.1943 m: 1888
59 Ethel Alger. VII/IX.1866 -
60 William Hugh Clifford, 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh.
17.XII.1858 – 5.VII.1943 m: 1886
61 Catherine Mary Bassett. 1856 - III.1943
62 John Murton Gundry. 7.IX.1859 – 19.XII.1939 m: 1891
63 Frances Ruth Gilchrist. 18.IX.1875 -
64 William Cameron. 4.II.1806 - m: 16.VI.1840
65 Catherine Cameron. 22.I.1809 -
66 John Houchen. d. 6.X.1898 m: 29.XI.1845
67 Susannah Vautier. d. 1859
68 John Geddes.
69 Jean McConnachie.
70 Hugh Sharp.
71 Rachel Stewart.
72- 73 Untraced.
74 Herman Philipp Ree. 19.XII.1798 – 30.XII.1877 m: 1838
75 Catherine German. 1819 – 24.II.1856
76 William Cooper.
77 Anna Marsh. d. 1900
78 James Duff, 5th Earl of Fife. 6.VII.1814 – 7.VIII.1879 m: 16.III.1846
79 Lady Agnes Georgina Elizabeth Hay. 11.V.1829 – 18.XII.1869
80 William Mount. 21.XI.1787 – 10.IV.1869 m: 27.VI.1818
81 Charlotte Talbot. d. 17.I.1879
82 Robert Clutterbuck. 17.X.1798 – 15.IX.1879 m: 28.IX.1828
83 Elizabeth Anne Hulton. 1803 – 15.XI.1851
84 Sir John Low. 13.XII.1788 – 10.I.1880 m: 10.IV.1829
85 Augusta Ludlow Shakspear. 4.III.1809 – 16.VIII.1892
86 William Basil Percy Feilding, 7th Earl of Denbigh, 6th Earl of Desmond.
25.III.1796 – 25.VI.1865 m: 8.V.1822
87 Lady Mary Elizabeth Kitty Moreton. 14.XII.1798 – 16.XII.1842
90 Thomas Somers. 15.VI.1812 – 2.XII.1862 m; 9.VI.1840
91 Elizabeth Williams.
92- 95 Untraced.
96 Sir Robert Sheffield, 4th bart. 25.II.1786 – 7.XI.1862 m: 8.XII.1818
97 Julia Brigida Newbold. d. 28.X.1875
98 Lt.-Col. Henry Dumaresq. 17.I.1792 – 5.III.1838 m: 1828
99 Lady Sophia Butler-Danvers. d. 12.III.1877
100 Baron Vincent Gildemeester van Tuyll van Serooskernken.
13.III.1812 – 17.III.1860 m: 8.VIII.1844
101 Charlotte Henriette Mansfield. 28.V.1818 – 9.II.1869
102 Count Leopold van Limburg-Stirum. 22.I.1818 – 24.II.1900 m: 11.VI.1851
103 Julie Marie Barre. 23.VI.1822 – 5.VI.1867
104 Charles Soames. 24.X.1793 19.IX.1871 m: 12.VIII.1820
105 Jane Cattley. d. 13.III.1851
106 William Bennett Martin. 7.X.1796 – 6.IV.1847 m: 28.XI.1831
107 Augusta Maria Chaloner. 23.V.1809 - 19.VII.1859
108 Sir Francis Dugdale Astley, 2nd Bart. 5.XI.1805 – 23.VII.1873 m: 26.XI.1826
109 Emma Dorothea Lethbridge. 1807 - 9.XII.1872
110 Thomas George Corbett. 29.VII.1796 - 5.VII.1868 m: 15.XII.1837
111 Lady Mary Noel Beauclerk. 28.XII.1810 – 29.XI.1850
114 William Gibb.
116 Michael Edward Bagnold. 12.VII.1787 – 15.XII.1857 m:
117 Eliza Larkins Walker.
118 William Henry Alger. 14.III.1836 - m: 10.X.1865
119 Elizabeth Agnes Rees.
120 Charles Hugh Clifford, 8th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh.
27.VII.1819 – 5.VIII.1880 m: 30.IX.1845
121 Hon. Agnes Louisa Catherine Peto. 29.I.1826 – 25.V.1891
122 Richard Bassett.
123 Mary Worthylane.
124 Joseph Gundry. 1822 – 1899 m:
125 Sarah Perry. 1823 -
126 Joseph Clough Gilchrist. 29.VIII.1850 – 22.V.1919
127 Alice Chambers Devin.
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