The queen gives her first public statement about the royal family's newest addition
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Princess Charlotte is spreading so much joy in the royal family – even the famously tight-lipped Queen Elizabeth can’t help but gush over her new great-granddaughter.

Well, her version of gushing.

While speaking to well-wishers at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the great-grandmother said, “We love to have another girl.”

Charlotte, who is spending her first weeks at the family’s country home of Anmer Hall, is Queen Elizabeth’s fifth great-grandchild.

The 89-year-old monarch met her newest relative before the family headed out to the country, located 110 miles north of London.

The queen is the latest family member to speak out about the baby princess. On Friday, Prince Charles, 66, quipped that he was happy a girl had come along, because she could “look after” him when he’s old.

And while collecting gifts for his new niece in Sydney, Australia, Prince Harry told the media: “I am looking forward to meeting her. She is beautiful.”

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Now, the queen has joined in. Susan Pollack, 84, a supporter of the Holocaust Memorial Trust who was at the palace tea party, revealed to reporters, “I told her I’m so happy at the arrival of another baby. I said congratulations. She said, ‘Yes, we love to have another girl.'”

Her daughter Sandra Gee, 53, added: “She said how pleased she was to have another great-granddaughter.”

Queen Elizabeth holds a series of garden parties at Buckingham Palace, rewarding people from all sections of society for their community service or military involvement or charity. Tuesday’s party kicked off the first of the season.

The queen was joined by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

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