The first pictures of the British Prime Minister's baby daughter have been released.

Little Florence was born around midday, British time, on Tuesday at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. David Cameron and his wife Samantha were on holiday in the seaside county when Samantha gave birth a few weeks earlier than expected.

These new pictures, taken yesterday, show baby Florence wrapped in a white blanket as the most powerful man in the country gazes lovingly at her.

The Camerons left hospital yesterday, exiting its maternity wing by a back door to avouid photographers before being driven away in a people carrier with blacked-out windows.

Florence's full name is Florence Rose Endellion Cameron. Endellion is Cornish (and also Celtic) and the Camerons gave her the name to celebrate the fact she was born in the county where they regularly holiday. The village and parish of St Endellion is located not far from where the Camerons were staying.

David Cameron is only the second British PM to have a child whilst in office since John Russell in 1849. The last was Tony Blair whose wife Cherie gave birth to Leo in 2000.

First pictures of baby Florence Cameron

By Daily Mail Reporter
28th August 2010
Daily Mail

The love between father and baby daughter is there for all to see.

These are the first images of David and Samantha Cameron's four-day-old daughter that were released today.

The pictures, taken by Press Association photographer Stefan Rousseau, feature Florence Rose Endellion Cameron wrapped in a white blanket and being cradled and kissed by the Prime Minister.

New arrival: David Cameron holds his baby daughter Florence Rose Endellion who was born on Tuesday

Proud father: Florence was delivered by caesarian section and is the Camerons fourth child

Mrs Cameron and the baby, both said to be doing well, left hospital yesterday and the family are continuing their holiday in Cornwall. It is not clear when they will return to London.

Before Tuesday's surprise early birth Mr Cameron had been expected to return to work after the weekend, but he is now thought to be planning some additional time off as paternity leave.

The Camerons evaded waiting photographers as they left the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro yesterday, exiting its maternity wing by a back door before being driven away in a people carrier with blacked-out windows.

The baby, born weighing 6lb 1oz, was due next month, but caught the family by surprise while they were on holiday in Cornwall.

Speaking outside the hospital on Tuesday, Mr Cameron described her as an 'unbelievably beautiful girl'.

Daddy's girl: Mrs Cameron did not pose up for the pictures, but is believed to be doing well

Sweet kisses: Cameron seemed smitten with his new daughter

Her middle name, Endellion, refers to the village of St Endellion on the north Cornish coast, near where the Camerons were staying.

Christine Rashleigh, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, said the length of Mrs Cameron's stay - three nights - was 'perfectly normal' after a Caesarean section.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said yesterday that that he would 'just carry on holding the fort' until Mr Cameron returned to work.

Mrs Cameron, 39, has now delivered all four of her children by Caesarean section.
Most research suggests it is safer for women who have had a Caesarean to opt for a surgical birth again next time round.

Staying put: The Camerons have decided to remain in Cornwall to conclude their holiday with family and friends instead of heading home

The trend towards later childbearing among British women means Caesareans are becoming more common, because the risk of complications increases with age.

During the pregnancy, Mr Cameron said his wife would have the final say over the name, describing the discussions as ‘North Korean democracy – there will be talks but she decides’.

They had been ‘bouncing up and down’ with excitement at meeting their baby sister.

Downing Street said the couple had received congratulatory messages from the Queen, the Prince of Wales, Gordon and Sarah Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

A proud father: The Prime Minister arrives at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to visit his wife Samantha and new daughter Florence

Safe delivery: Prime Minster David Cameron and wife Samantha with newborn baby Florence are driven out of the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro in a convoy

A spokesman said: ‘They want to say thank you to everyone who has sent them messages. They are receiving lots.’

Florence is only the third child born to a serving prime minister since 1849.

The birth of Florence, who weighed 6lb 1oz, was 'a bit of a shock' to the Camerons because Mrs Cameron was not due to give birth until next month.

Mr Cameron said he was keen to include a reference to the county of her birth in his daughter's name.

Celebrations: Flowers are delivered to the Camerons at the Royal Cornwall hospital in Truro

Family time: David and Samantha with children Arthur Elwen, Nancy and late son Ivan

Last edited by Blackleaf; Aug 29th, 2010 at 10:46 AM..