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Christine and Frank Lampard welcome a baby girl!

Christine and Frank Lampard welcome a baby girl!

Christine Lampard has given birth to her first child with ex-footballer husband Frank.

The TV presenter, 39, and the sports pundit, 40, welcomed a baby girl named Patricia Charlotte on Thursday, and have named their daughter after his late mother. Christine announced the happy news via her Instagram page on Friday morning.

Sharing a snap taken from her hospital bed (above), a joyous Christine was seen cradling her new daughter with a beaming grin on her face while Frank stood above her with a tender hand placed on her shoulder and a matching smile on his face.  

In her post, Christine added the caption: 'Let us introduce you to our little girl. Patricia Charlotte Lampard! We're so in love @franklampard'.

Shortly after she shared the news, Frank took to his own Instagram account to repost the image while she also shared the snap on her Twitter feed. 

Naturally fans were quick to congratulate the couple, as well as their famous friends with Michelle Keegan, Lizzie Cundy and Eddie Hearn.   

Friday's hosts on This Morning Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford sent their love to the show's regular, with Eamonn saying: 'Well it's all been happening overnight… there's news to announce!'

Ruth said, 'She looks glowing [in her instagram photo] I hope she wore her lipstick all the way through! Baby number one for Christine, how lovely!' 

While their new bundle of joy is the couple's first child together, Frank has daughters Luna, 13, and Isla, 11, with his former fiancée, Spanish model Elen Rivas, 43.  

 

 Happy days! The news came just three months after Christine opened up on how much she would love to have a baby with the former England and Chelsea star
Picking it up: The day before the big announcement, Frank was seen heading out to grab supplies

 

Christine announced her pregnancy on Instagram in May, sharing a family snap of the couple with Luna, Isla and their pet dog. 

Frank first posted the sweet shot to his page, alongside the caption: 'We have some exciting news we wanted to share with you. The Lampard family is growing! My gorgeous wife @christinelampard is pregnant and we all couldn't be happier!!!'   

A source said at the time the couple were not finding out the sex of their baby, but were having fun trying to guess the gender and coming up with potential names with Luna and Isla. 

Speaking on Loose Women shortly after announcing her pregnancy, Christine said: 'I still don't want to know [the gender]. I think there are not enough surprises in the world anymore.

Way back when: Frank's mother Pat tragically passed away in 2008 following a battle with pneumonia aged 58 (pictured together at Stamford Bridge in January 2008)

'I'm totally old fashioned. We obviously don't care whether it's a boy or a girl so I think let's find out on the day.'

But the TV personality admitted Frank was keen to find out, adding: 'Mr planner, organiser Lampard, he needs to know everything. He loves knowing.' 

The news came just three months after Christine opened up on how much she would love to have a baby with the former England and Chelsea star.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she admitted it would be 'wonderful' to fall pregnant, but said she was more than happy being a step-mother to the former footballer's two daughters.

 

Christine said: 'If it happens, of course it will be wonderful. If not we have the two girls – and one is about to embark on her teenage years, so that is a whole other chapter about to happen.

'That is honestly where our heads are at, and we just enjoy life as best we can in between.' 

The Loose Women panellist is very close with Frank's two girls, who are equally grateful to have Christine in their life.

Speaking about a birthday card she received from Isla earlier this year, Chrstine said: 'She went on to say 'I love you being my stepmum' and so I started to cry. I'm proud I have that kind of relationship with them.'

 

Proud dad: Frank wrote some lovely words to accompany the announcement as he shared the happy news with his fans 
Proud dad: Frank wrote some lovely words to accompany the announcement as he shared the happy news with his fans 

 

Christine and Frank met at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009, and the sportsman proposed while the couple enjoyed a holiday in America in 2011 with a ring estimated to be worth in excess of £120,000.

The couple had a four-year engagement before tying the knot at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, central London, in December 2015, with Ed Sheeran performing at the reception, held at the Arts Club in Mayfair. 

Christine previously said the couple were sick of people asking them when they plan to start a family.

Speaking to the Mail On Sunday's YOU magazine in 2017, she said: 'I am always being asked when I am going to have a baby. Everyone seems to be fascinated by my body clock.

 

Happy family: Christine is stepmother to Frank's daughters Luna, 13, (right) and Isla, 11, (left) from his previous relationship with Spanish model Elen Rivas (pictured in 2015)

 

'As far as I am concerned, my attitude is that I will wait and see what happens. I'm not pushing myself. I'm not getting stressed or unhappy. I'm a believer in what will be will be.' 

She continued: '[IVF] isn't something we have thought about. I know friends who have torn themselves apart and jeopardised their relationship because going through IVF was so traumatic and I don't know if I could do that to myself or Frank.

'I'm not one of those women who was thinking about babies at the age of 18, and when I first met Frank it wasn't on the agenda. If it happens, it happens, but right now all is well in my world as it is.'  

 

Loved-up: Christine and Frank met at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009, and had a four-year engagement in central London in December 2015 (pictured in October 2017)

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