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Beyonce and Jay Z welcome a baby girl

Superstars Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have welcomed their first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter.

Blue arrived via scheduled caesarean section at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Saturday night. The couple are believed to have booked out the entire fourth floor of the private hospital.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, was by his wife's side during the birth. Beyonce's sister Solange and parents Tina and Mathew Knowles were spotted at the hospital holding flowers and pink balloons.

Celeb friends and well wishers were quick to share their congratulations on Twitter.

Close friend Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted: "Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already."

Rihanna wrote: "Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih."

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons posted: "Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z."

Beyonce announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards back in August.

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