William and Kate present baby prince

 

The world gets its first glimpse of the new Prince

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have emerged from St Mary's Hospital in west London with their new baby son.

Walking out to cheers from staff and well-wishers, Kate cradled her son and said it was "a special time".

Prince William said they were "still working on a name".

The couple then went back inside the private Lindo Wing and placed their son in a car seat. A few minutes later they came outside again and the duke drove his family home to Kensington Palace.

A small crowd had gathered outside the palace to greet them.

Speaking to reporters outside the hospital earlier, the couple both said the experience was "very emotional".

William and Kate appeared relaxed and smiled as they appeared on the steps of the hospital shortly before 19:15 BST in front of a mass of photographers.

Kate handed their baby, who was wrapped in a white shawl, over to her husband and the couple walked forward to speak to reporters.

Nappy change

"He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure," William said.

"He's a big boy, he's quite heavy. We are still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can."

He added: "It's the first time we have seen him really so we are having a proper chance to catch up."

A smiling duchess said: "It's such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like."

Addressing the waiting crowd, Prince William said: "I'll remind him of his tardiness when he's a bit older.

"I know how long you've all been standing here so hopefully the hospital and you guys can all go back to normal now and we can go and look after him."

They also revealed William had done the first nappy change.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy on 23 July 2013 The couple emerged from St Mary's Hospital to face hundreds of photographers
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy on 23 July 2013 The duchess was admitted to hospital on Monday morning and gave birth at 16:24 BST. She stayed overnight with her husband and new son
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy on 23 July 2013 Kate and William answered a few questions from reporters, some of whom had been waiting outside for more than two weeks
Duchess of Cambridge holds her new baby boy The new royal baby is the first child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and third in line to the throne
Duke of Cambridge drive his family home from hospital The Duke of Cambridge drove his family home from hospital

Earlier in the afternoon, the couple were visited at the hospital by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

Prince Charles said the baby was "marvellous" while Mrs Middleton said he was "absolutely beautiful".

Speaking to reporters as she left the hospital, Mrs Middleton said: "We are so thrilled".

She added her first cuddle with her new grandson had been "amazing".

Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess of Camb

There has been no word yet on what the couple plan to name the prince and asked if she had been told or made any suggestions, Mrs Middleton said: "Absolutely not."

Prince William was at the hospital for the birth at 16:24 BST on Monday, and stayed with his wife and son, who weighed 8lb 6oz (3.8kg), overnight.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received.

"We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone - staff, patients and visitors - for their understanding during this time."

The first public appearance of the royal baby attracted tweets from more than 18,000 people a minute, social network Twitter said.

But the figure was short of the peak of 25,300 tweets per minute on Monday night after his birth was announced, it said.

Meanwhile, the birth of the third in line to the throne was marked by gun salutes at Green Park and the Tower of London and the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey.

And at Buckingham Palace, royal watchers and tourists queued in the rain to catch a glimpse of the bulletin - displayed on an easel - announcing the arrival of the royal baby.

The birth of the prince means the monarchy has three generations of heirs to the throne for the first time since 1901.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 75.

    I wish them the best and I'm glad the baby is well but BBC.

    Jeez, come on guys, its Baby overkill!! I'm sick to death of hearing about it now. Give it a break and leave them alone!

    The coverage is joke an absolute joke, far far too much.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 74.

    I'm very proud to be British, and happy to witness the extension of our country's history, which is envied the world over.

    Shame on all you moaners who are dreaming of a President Cameron.

    Good luck to William and Kate and wishing the new baby a happy, healthy life.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 73.

    Please, enough of this now.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 72.

    If you are not interested in it anymore, why don't you get out more? Switch off the TV and the laptop and go for a walk and breathe a little. Please let other people enjoy the moment and please do not spoil it for others.

  • Comment number 71.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 70.

    The media, especially the BBC, should take a lesson from William & Kate. Their presentation of their son was tasteful, mature, dignified & BRIEF. The exact opposite to the utter drivel you've rung out of every minute of air time over the last 36 hours or so. Grow up.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 69.

    I have to say very sweet to see the fumbly new parents doing nervous baby-handover on the steps of the hospital.
    Better than 99% of the pointless drivel that has been reported all day.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 68.

    When are the "Windsors" going to change their name back to Saxe Coburg-Gotha (they changed it in 1916 at the height of the Battle of the Somme.....in which British proletariat were sent to slaughter German proletariat and vice versa, in a conflict that saw three aristocratic elite cousins - the King of England; Kaiser Wilhelm and the Tsar use millions of ordinary people like cannon fodder)...?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 67.

    A newly born baby leaves the hospital with its parents

    In other news, 350,000 other babies are born every day on average and they don't get any news coverage. What did this baby do to deserve this much attention... oh that's right, NOTHING! Also 150,000 people die every day on average but I haven't heard anything about anyone dying in the past 2 days or even before then.

    Nice priorities BBC

  • rate this
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    Comment number 66.

    The BBC coverage has been brilliant!

    We should all be expressing our love to the royal family & bowing to brave Kate on this glorious day for Britain for giving birth to this boy.

    The despicable people who criticise the BBC or the royals know nothing & don't appreciate what they do for this country.

    I cried with happiness when I saw the baby.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 65.

    #.1 You mean the comments of those whose lives run on resentment, or those whose lives are based upon disliking anything English or British or those who base their lives on feuds over two hundred years old. By the way, the new prince is only 1.56% German and is 82.82% British at least. Probably more British than most of those who resent his family.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 64.

    Now finally we can go back to our business and media stops this circus. Funny but Kate's belly doesn't seem to have diminished after birth and she was still holding her belly with both her arms the way pregnant women do to protect the baby inside. Weird! Funny how BBC started the royal tree with the grandma Elisabeth .. someone afraid to show the German side of the British royals?!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 63.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 62.

    Take notice of the soaring levels of public dissent here BBC. The game is up. We expect you to be less biased over this issue in future, employing the same methods of critical analysis you use to interrogate other public institutions.You are not cheerleaders for these unelected aristocrats. The BBC is a publicly funded corporation working for US.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 61.

    I feel so sorry for this little human being. Coming in to this world among the Royals, not knowing what real life is all about, being fed lies about the people and the power he will have over them. The Royal family are nothing compared to you or I, we are all equal and no one has power over another. Poor poor child and his future life.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 60.

    Congratulations they will undoubtedly be wonderful parents and hopefully the baby will one day be a fantastic Monarch just like his Great Grandmother

  • rate this
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    Comment number 59.

    'Privileged parents have child. Worlds media rejoices at the number of column inches they can extract out of this process. The rest of us wait for normal service to be resumed with an air of extreme ambivalence.'

    Give it a rest, BBC. I'm one of your greatest fans - but at the moment?

    'We don't want to bore
    but by jingo if we do
    we've got the royals
    and hangers-on
    we've got the baby too!'

  • rate this
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    Comment number 58.

    Good on Prince William for doing the first nappy change. May it be the first of many.

    I hope this is a sign that the baby's parents will be allowed the chance to raise their son themselves instead of relying on numerous carers.

    I wish them as 'normal' and happy a family life as they can have with the media spotlight on them full blast.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 57.

    Wow - I am so happy. I'm not sure I could have gone another day without seeing the new sprog. Anything else happening in the world ?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 56.

    I bet they call him Louis.

 

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