Duchess of Cambridge second birth
The scene outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London where the Duchess of Cambridge is giving birth Reuters

The news that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl has sent social media into a frenzy of well wishes.

The Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who is expecting her first child this year, said:

Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar added:

Not to be left out, politicians on the campaign trail also posted their well wishes to the newly-born royal.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

Labour leader Ed Miliband said:

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

Earlier this morning, The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in central London where a large crowd had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals.

And the media was out in force waiting for news of the birth of the latest British royal.

Some took a humorous view of the news that the Duchess of Cambridge was giving birth. A mock Twitter account for Prince Charles posted: