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Monday 21st October 2019

Ashley Banjo announces birth of first child

He's also revealed the tot's adorable name

Ashley Banjo has proudly announced the birth of his first child.

The Dancing On Ice judge shared a gorgeous photo to Instagram on Saturday showing himself, his wife Francesca Abbott and their new addition.

Ashley and Francesca have welcomed a beautiful baby girl called Rose Adura Banjo.

Our beautiful daughter came into the world at 6:45pm on 21st February 2019.

Read more: Ashley Banjo shares cute pregnancy pic of very heavily pregnant wife

Ashley captioned the shot: "Our beautiful daughter came into the world at 6:45pm on 21st February 2019 - weighing a healthy 8lbs 13oz.

"Her name is Rose Adura Banjo. I am in the deepest love ever with my little family ❤️ @francescabanjo I love you and am so proud #nextchapter."

Fans, of course, rushed to congratulate the couple.

One person said: "Beautiful! Congratulations May your family be filled with love," while another wrote: "OMG congratulations."

A third added: "Congratulations guys.. she’s beautiful."

The couple have welcomed their daughter (Credit: Instagram)

It comes a day after Ashley shared a photo of Francesca's huge bump, telling fans the baby could arrive "any moment now".

Alongside the picture, he said: "Waking up early every morning - Just patiently waiting for the bump to become a baby... Any moment now... #babybanjo."

The pair married in 2015, and announced their happy news in October, confirming they were having a baby girl.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Ashley was given permission from Dancing On Ice bosses to leave rehearsals or even the live show if Francesca went into labour.

Read more: Ashley Banjo 'could miss Dancing On Ice if pregnant wife goes into labour'

A source told the Mirror Online: "Ashley is very professional and it’s business as normal at the moment," their source said. "But if Francesca or the hospital calls when he is at the studio, he has permission to leave immediately.

"He is not going to wait around at home for it to happen but, equally, he is not going to miss the birth because of his judging job."

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