- Kate, Prince William and their newborn baby travel home to Kensington Palace yesterday evening
- Couple say they are ‘still working on a name’
- William jokes his new son ‘has a good pair of lungs’ and tells crowd his child has Kate’s looks and more hair than him
- Kate’s parents Carole and Michael were the first members of the family to visit their daughter and her young son
- Duchess says: ‘It’s been emotional’
- William aces his first test of fatherhood as he gets the car seat right first time
- Prince Charles and Camilla came two hours later and said the baby was ‘marvellous’
- Couple release new statement thanking St Mary’s Hospital staff for how they have looked after ‘the three of us’
- William stayed in a separate hospital room overnight on Monday to be close to Duchess of Cambridge and their son
The world has seen the royal baby for the first time as the future king left hospital with his ecstatic parents yesterday evening, who revealed they had not yet chosen him a name. Prince William and Kate waved and smiled broadly to the waiting cameras as they held their prince on the steps of the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, 26 hours after he was delivered, weighing 8lbs 6oz. Speaking for the first time since giving birth, an obviously moved Duchess of Cambridge said: ‘It’s been very emotional. Any parent will know what this feeling is like.’
As they left St Mary’s carefully cradling their precious child, the Duke of Cambridge followed the steps his parents Charles and Diana took with him 31 years ago, when he was born there on June 21, 1982. ‘He’s a big boy, quite heavy. We’re still working on a name,’ he told reporters, adding: ‘Well he has a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure.’ Confirming that the prince was overdue, William said: ‘I will remind him of his tardiness when he is older.’
With a huge smile he then added: ‘He’s got her looks thankfully’ to which the Duchess responded ‘No, no, no I’m not sure about that.’ The Duchess wore a lilac purple dress, with her long hair falling in waves around her face. The new father wore a blue open neck shirt rolled up to his elbows with black trousers. She revealed that her clearly hands-on husband had already changed his first nappy. The couple then returned to the hospital as William held his son, swaddled in a blanket, before bringing him out again in his car seat.
The Prince was heard to affectionately call Kate ‘Poppet’ as he ushered her back to the Lindo Wing. William then visibly breathed a sigh of relief when he successfully installed his baby on the back seat with his wife, before driving them home to Kensington Palace cheered on by a huge crowd. Their child is now third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to fifth, although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more. The Duke, Duchess and Baby Cambridge travelled home to Kensington Palace, and will spend two weeks there while William is on paternity leave.
Palace officials confirmed for the first time last night that the couple will not have a nannyand rely upon their families help instead, saying: ‘They have both got families that will care hugely for this baby.’
Huge crowds of well-wishers and journalists from all over the world have been waiting outside the west London hospital ward for weeks, first to be there when Kate went into labour and now as the couple left with her firstborn child.
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