Beckhams name daughter Harper Seven

VICTORIA Beckham has given birth to a baby girl - the first daughter for the former Spice Girl and her husband David.

The baby, named Harper Seven, was delivered at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday.

"I am so proud and excited to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Seven Beckham," England footballer Beckham said in a statement on his Facebook page.

"She weighed a healthy 7lbs 10oz and arrived at 7.55 this morning, here in LA. Victoria is doing really well and her brothers are delighted to have a baby sister xx".

The Beckhams, who married in 1999, already have three boys - Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, eight, and Cruz, five.

Earlier, their spokesman Simon Oliveira announced the news on Twitter.

"David & Victoria Beckham are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter," he wrote.

"Happy and healthy she arrived at 7.55am this morning at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and weighed 7lbs 10oz."

"Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are excited to welcome their new baby sister to the family," he added in another posting.

Friends of the couple were quick to send their congratulations.

A delighted Mel B, who is expecting her third child later this year, expressed her excitement on Twitter, writing: "congrats!!! Yipeee another spice baby is born, damn it wish it was me this AM cos I feel like I'm about to POP!"

"Big kiss to @victoriabeckham can't wait to meet your gorgeous little girl!" former Spice Girl Emma Bunton also tweeted.

Before the baby's name was confirmed, stylist Sally Lyndley alluded to a possible name for the newborn writing: "congratulations on gorgeous baby Beverly!!! X".

While Brooklyn was named after the place where he was conceived, this appeared to suggest the pair - who live in Beverly Hills - had once again opted to name a child after a location close to their hearts.

Just days ago LA Galaxy star, Beckham, 36, posted a picture of his heavily-pregnant wife on Facebook.

"Took this pic of Victoria while she wasn't looking. She looks amazing, so close now to the baby being born!" he wrote beneath the shot in which the singer-turned-designer appeared to be sunbathing.

Last week the former England footballer met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to California.

But he was without his 37-year-old wife on the eve of their daughter's birth.

The meeting came after the couple attended the royal wedding earlier this year.

The footballer and the Duke are known to be friends and joined forces last year to throw their weight behind England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Victoria Beckham - who announced she was expecting a girl earlier this year - was known to want a sister for her three boys.

In 2005, she told a Spanish magazine she could imagine "painting her nails, putting on make-up and choosing clothes" with a daughter.

But she appeared unsure whether this dream would ever come true. "I think the chances of a girl are quite slim," she told Vogue magazine.

Earlier this year the designer, who has carved out a name for herself with her eponymous fashion label, admitted being a mother was "the hardest job in the world".

Her husband has become something of a role model for fathers and was shortlisted for the title of Celebrity Dad of the Year.

But he was beaten by TV star Peter Andre who came up trumps for the second consecutive time when the results were announced last month.

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