Queen Elizabeth tells palace garden party guests of delight over great-grandaughter

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre) meets guests during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, in London May 12, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre) meets guests during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, in London May 12, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has expressed her happiness at the arrival of a new great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, born to Prince William and his wife Kate this month.

Guests at a garden party on the lawns of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday said that the Queen had spoken of her delight at the new addition to the royal family, who is fourth in line to the throne.

"I told her I am so happy at the arrival of the new baby. I said congratulations, and she said 'Yes, we love to have another girl', said garden party guest Susan Pollack, 84, a Holocaust survivor who works with a charity patronised by the queen.

"She said how pleased she was to have another great-granddaughter in particular," said Pollack's daughter Sandra Gee, 53.

About 8,000 guests attended the event, where they tucked into some 20,000 sandwiches, 20,000 slices of cake and 27,000 cups of tea under bright May sunshine.

The Queen, 89, was dressed in a light yellow hat and summer coat as she and her husband Prince Philip mingled with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, his wife.

Born on May 2, Princess Charlotte is the second child of Prince William and Kate after their son, Prince George, who was born in 2013.

The family are currently taking some time out after the birth at their 10-room private country residence of Anmer Hall, located on the queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in eastern England.