POSTED AT 3:27 PM EST Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003
Prince Edward and wife take baby daughter home
Frimley, England — Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, carried their infant daughter out of the hospital and headed home on Sunday more than two weeks after the baby was born prematurely.
"She looks like him," said Sophie, Countess of Wessex, pointing at her husband who cradled the baby in his arms.
Asked how she felt to be taking her daughter home, the countess said, "It's the best day ever."
Before climbing into their car, the couple thanked staff at Frimley Park Hospital, southwest of central London, where the baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean about four weeks early on Nov. 8, weighing 4 lbs. 9ozs.
The baby girl is the seventh grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the first child of Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who married in 1999.
The couple refused to tell reporters the name of the baby. But she will not have be a Royal Highness. She will be known as Lady - with the chosen first name.
When her parents married, it was announced that they had decided any children they had should not have the HRH title.
Soon after her birth, the baby was taken to a special unit in a hospital in south London while her mother, 38, remained at Frimley Park, near the family's home in Bagshot, Surrey county. After six days, the baby was returned to the hospital where she was born.
The countess was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Shortly before the baby was released, Buckingham Palace said, "Her parents are really looking forward to coming together as a family. That's the priority - getting them in one place together."