By LIZ THOMAS and SARAH BULL
New addition: David and Victoria Beckham have welcomed a new addition to their family, a 7lbs 10oz baby girl
After months of speculation, David and Victoria Beckham have announced they have decided to call their little girl Harper Seven Beckham.
David confirmed the news on his Facebook page, after he and wife Victoria welcomed the baby, who weighed 7lb 10oz, at 7.55am yesterday morning.
The footballer wrote: 'I am so proud and excited to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Seven Beckham. 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 Seven in the name is believed to be a reference to David's football number when he played for Manchester United and England, while the Harper could be referring to Harper's Bazaar magazine or perhaps To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee.
A close friend of the couple said: 'Harper is an old English name something Victoria has always liked. Seven is a very lucky happy number and the baby was born just after 7am, in the seventh month.'
Following the birth of the couple's fourth child, a spokesperson said: 'David and Victoria Beckham are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter.
Proud: David announced the baby's name on his Facebook page
‘Happy and healthy she arrived at 7.55 am this morning at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are excited to welcome their new baby sister to the family.'
The child was born by elected Caesarean, in the same way as her older children.
And a source told The Sun that David was so happy about the new arrival that he was literally crying with joy.
The insider said: 'David has been crying with joy. They are all so happy.'
The pair are also said to be 'stunned' because the little girl looks so much like Victoria did when she was a baby.
Oh baby! David posted this picture of his pregnant wife Victoria on his Facebook page earlier this week
Following the birth of the little girl, David's sister Joanne tweeted: 'Big congrats to my sister in law @victoriabeckham and my big bro on the birth of my beautiful niece :) can't wait 2 see u all xx'
A delighted Mel B, who is expecting her third child later this year, also expressed her excitement on the network site, 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!'
And Emma Bunton added: 'Big kiss to @victoriabeckham can't wait to meet your gorgeous little girl!'
Victoria has remained active throughout her pregnancy - working on her fashion line and travelling up until last month.
It's getting close! David was on the field for LA Galaxy yesterday ahead of his wife giving birth
Excited: The couple's children Brooklyn and Romeo were there to cheer their dad on
Just days ago the LA Galaxy star, 36, posted a portrait of his heavily pregnant wife that put her form on show in all its glory.
He wrote on his Facebook page: 'Took this pic of Victoria while she wasn't looking. She looks amazing, so close now to the baby being born!'
And, earlier this week, David and Victoria were wished good luck for their arrival by Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
David attended a drinks reception welcoming the royal couple to Los Angeles, but Victoria was absent from the event given that she was so close to the end of her pregnancy.
The footballer told Prince William: 'Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love. How was Canada? It looked amazing.'
Congratulations: David's UK-based sister Joanne was quick to take to her Twitter page to offer her congratulations
Spice love: Emma Bunton offered her congratulations to the Beckhams on their new arrival
My turn! Victoria's former Spice Girls bandmate Mel B said congratulations but said she wanted to be the one to give birth
Prince William replied: 'Don’t be silly, send her all our love and tell her good luck with it all. It’s been an amazing few days – we’ve been so lucky with all the incredible places we’ve been able to see and we’ve met so many fascinating people. It’s been amazing, amazing.'
And, following the birth, William and Catherine were quick to send a message of congratulations to the royal pair, according to their press secretary Miguel Head, who added they were unlikely to have time to meet the new arrival.
David also spoke about the media frenzy surrounding the birth of his first daughter.
He said: 'I woke up on Wednesday to a tonne of messages on my voicemail from our friends congratulating me on the birth of our daughter.
'I turned to Victoria and said: “Did I miss something?” Apparently it’s being reported every day that she’s already been born. One way or another, fingers crossed, she’ll be with us in the next few days.'
Going solo: David attended a drinks reception to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Los Angeles earlier this week and was wished luck for the arrival by the royal pair
Growing brood: Victoria and David are already parents to sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz
The couple first met in 1997 and became engaged a year later before having first son Brooklyn - famously named after the place where he was conceived – in 1999.
Four months later, the Beckhams enjoyed a sumptuous wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, with the couple much ridiculed for opting to sit on golden thrones.
The couple have become one of the biggest brands in the planet with an array of endorsement deals and are now worth an estimated £150 million.
Second son Romeo was born in 2002 and Beckham left the UK in July 2003 when Real Madrid paid £25million to sign him from Manchester United.
Building up: Victoria was last seen out with David in Las Vegas on 29th June
His wife chose not to move to Spain until the following year choosing instead to focus on a solo career after the demise of the Spice Girls.
David announced he was transferred in July 2007 to LA Galaxy and they moved to Beverly Hills where the boys have been attending a prestigious private school ever since.
Victoria has carved out a successful design career and her dresses are now a favourite with Hollywood stars.