Royal baby: New prince yet to be named, William says

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Media captionThe world gets its first glimpse of the new member of the Royal Family

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent their first night at home with their new son, whose name they have yet to decide upon.

The third in line to the throne and his parents emerged from St Mary's Hospital in west London on Tuesday evening.

Speaking outside the hospital, the duke said they were "working on a name" and would choose one "as soon as we can".

They described becoming parents as "very emotional", before the duke drove his family home to Kensington Palace.

Although the couple have yet to decide on a name it is known that the newest royal will be styled HRH Prince (name) of Cambridge.

George is the bookmakers' favourite for the first name of the prince, who is destined to be king one day. James and Alexander are among other names on a short price.

'Wait and see'

The prospect of him being named after his father has been virtually written off by the bookmakers, with both Ladbrokes and Paddy Power rating William as a 50/1 shot.

Asked by the BBC's royal correspondent Peter Hunt if the baby had already been named George, Prince William replied: "Wait and see, Peter, wait and see."

Royal fans waited seven days before the name of a newborn Prince William was announced in 1982, and there was a wait of a month following the Prince Charles's birth in 1948.

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, regardless of parentage, must be registered within 42 days at the hospital or a local register office.

Image caption The prince appeared to give his first regal wave as the family emerged from the hospital
Image caption The couple emerged from St Mary's Hospital on Tuesday night to face hundreds of photographers
Image caption The duchess was admitted to hospital early on Monday and gave birth at 16:24 BST. She stayed overnight with her husband and new son
Image caption Catherine and her husband answered a few questions from reporters, some of whom had been waiting outside for more than two weeks
Image caption The new royal baby is the first child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and is third in line to the throne
Image caption Cameras and phones were held up as the crowd tried to get a shot of the baby
Image caption The Duke of Cambridge drove his family home from hospital
Image caption The family spent their first night at Kensington Palace, which is expected to be their new home
Image caption The Queen, pictured at a Buckingham Palace reception, was said to be "thrilled" at the arrival of her first great-grandson

The prince and Catherine appeared relaxed and smiled as they appeared with the new arrival on the steps of the hospital in front of a mass of photographers.

The duke told reporters: "He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure. He's a big boy, he's quite heavy."

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

Prince William said he would remind his son "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," he added.

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

The couple also revealed William had carried out the first nappy change before heading back inside the private Lindo Wing and placing their son in a car seat.

A few minutes later they emerged again and departed for Kensington Palace.

The Queen said she was "thrilled" at the arrival of her third great-grandson during a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

Louise Butt, a guest at the event for the Queen's Award for Enterprise, said the monarch had also described the baby as a "big boy" and had said "the first born is very special".

'So thrilled'

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, the couple were visited at the hospital by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine'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".

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.

They left at 19:15 BST on Tuesday - just under 27 hours after the baby's arrival.

The couple 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."