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Kate, Prince William and their newborn baby travel home to Kensington Palace

by 24/07/2013 03:55:00 0 comments 1537 Views
Kate, Prince William and their newborn baby travel home to Kensington Palace
Kate, Prince William and their newborn baby travel home to Kensington Palace

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.'

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Special moment: 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

Special moment: 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

 
 
 
New life: The baby was crying in its car seat as its father took him to their waiting car yesterday evening

New life: The baby was crying in its car seat as its father took him to their waiting car yesterday evening

Magic: With the wold watching, Kate and William hold their prince outside the Lindo Wing in a genuinely historic moment for Britain

Magic: With the wold watching, Kate and William hold their prince outside the Lindo Wing in a genuinely historic moment for Britain

Emotional: The new mother looked delighted as she looked down at her first child while her husband waved to the excited crowds

Emotional: The new mother looked delighted as she looked down at her first child while her husband waved to the excited crowds

 

 
Protective: The baby was wrapped in a white shawl - Kate held her new son closely to her chest as she waved to the impressive crowd

Protective: The baby was wrapped in a white shawl - Kate held her new son closely to her chest as she waved to the impressive crowd

 

 

 

 

 

Gentle: The trio take their first steps together into the outside world together as the prince starts his life

Gentle: The trio take their first steps together into the outside world together as the prince starts his life

 

 
 

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.

Caring: As his wife walked down the steps, William placed a protective hand on her arm to make sure the new mother and son made it down the steps safely

Caring: As his wife walked down the steps, William placed a protective hand on her arm to make sure the new mother and son made it down the steps safely

Warm welcome: The ecstatic crowd sang 'Congratulations' as the new parents stepped out of the London hospital

Warm welcome: The ecstatic crowd sang 'Congratulations' as the new parents stepped out of the London hospital

 
 
The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge with her son who was born on Monday, but was thrown into the spotlight yesterday

The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge with her son who was born on Monday, but was thrown into the spotlight yesterday

 
Emotional, Kate spoke to reportersThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing
 

Happy trio: Kate told reporters that 'It's been very emotional. Any parent will know what this feeling is like' while the prince joked the baby 'has more hair than me'

 

 
Duchess of Cambridge poses for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, where she has been since Monday

Are these tears? The Duchess admitted the becoming a mother for the first time was 'emotional'

Huge crowds were waiting to catch a glimpse of the couple and the baby outside St Mary's hospital

Huge crowds were waiting to catch a glimpse of the couple and the baby outside St Mary's hospital

 
 
Baby prince arrives at London's Kensington Palace
 
 

 

 
 
Kate and William bring out baby Cambridge for first time
 
 

 

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.

Meanwhile, last night the Queen told guests at a Buckingham Palace reception she was 'thrilled' at the birth of her great-grandson.

Earlier the royal baby's grandparents met him for the first time, and soon afterwards Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke, Duchess and baby would leave hospital.

Kate's sister Pippa was said to be there waiting for her.

 
 

 

Carole and Michael Middleton were the first to arrive at the private Lindo Wing at around 3pm yesterday, with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla following them at 5.30pm after being rushed to London by helicopter after two-days carrying out official duties in Yorkshire.

Before mounting the St Mary's Hospital steps, the smiling Prince of Wales asked journalists who have been stood outside for almost three weeks: 'Have you been there long?'

When he left around 10 minutes later, Charles said the baby was 'marvellous' and told journalists: 'You'll see in a minute'. 

 

 
 
 

Gently does it: After Kate took the prince down the stairs, William carefully picked up their son

Gently does it: After Kate took the prince down the stairs, William carefully picked up their son

 
Big moment: Prince William holds his son for the first time in front of the world's media

Big moment: Prince William holds his son for the first time in front of the world's media

Debut: Despite the excitement the tiny baby seems to remain asleep throughout his debut allowing his parents to answer questions

Debut: Despite the excitement the tiny baby seemed to remain asleep throughout his debut allowing his parents to answer questions

 

 
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo WingThe safe hands of the Duke of Cambridge, as the royal couple and their son who was born yesterday
 

The future king made his public entrance in the safe hands of the Duke of Cambridge and his wife as they left the Lindo Wing

 

 
Part of the journey: The medical staff at the hospital lined up as the new parents emerged

Part of the journey: The medical staff at the hospital lined up as the new parents emerged

Poignant:

Poignant: It was an emotional moment for William - the Duke of Cambridge had followed the steps his parents Charles and Diana took with him 31 years ago, when he was born there on June 21, 1982 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
Statement: William and Kate both spoke to the press and the Prince said 'thankfully he has her looks'

Statement: William and Kate both spoke to the press and the Prince said 'thankfully he has her looks'

 

Good spirits: The new parents both looked in good spirits as they spoke to the waiting press, ending weeks of speculation about when the baby will arrive

Good spirits: The new parents both looked in good spirits as they spoke to the waiting press, ending weeks of speculation about when the baby will arrive

 

 
 
Looks: When asked about the newborn's appearance, William said

Speculation: When asked about the newborn's appearance, William said "He's got her looks thankfully.' Kate responded: 'Catherine brushes off the praise, saying: 'No, no no, I'm not sure about that'

Soon afterwards Kensington Palace confirmed: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be discharged this evening.

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace.

'Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received'.

Earlier doting grandmother Carole Middleton described her grandson, the future king, as 'absolutely beautiful' after she and her husband visited him.

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents said their first grandchild is 'absolutely beautiful' and his parents are coping 'fabulously'.

The Middletons spent just over an hour with their daughter Kate and son-in-law William, and a smiling Mrs Middleton, speaking about mother and baby, said: 'They are both doing really well, and we are so thrilled.'

When asked by the world's media, who have been camped outside for nearly three weeks, how the proud parents were doing, she replied: 'Fabulously.'

Asked what the first cuddle with her grandson was like, Mrs Middleton, who had been ushered forward by her husband to speak to the press, said: 'Amazing, It's all coming back.'


Strapped in: The newborn baby was strapped into a car seat as Prince William carried him out of the hospital and into the awaiting car

Strapped in: The newborn baby was strapped into a car seat as Prince William carried him out of the hospital and into the awaiting car

 

 
 
 
William calmly carried his new baby to the Range Rover which he drove home himself with his wife and child on board

William calmly carried his new baby to the Range Rover which he drove home himself with his wife and child on board

 

 
 
Debut: The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, raised his tiny hands in the air as he was transported to the awaiting car in the car seat

Welcome to the world: The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, raised his tiny hands in the air as he was transported to the awaiting car in the car seat

placed his new son in the back seat of the awaiting car in preparation for their journey back to Kensington Palace

Precious cargo: Prince William carefully placed his new son in the back seat of the awaiting car in preparation for their journey back to Kensington Palace

Relief: With the world watching as he strapped his new son into the car William let out a sigh of relief that he had passed the a crucial parent test - the fiddly car seat

Relief: With the world watching as he strapped his new son into the car William let out a sigh of relief that he had passed the a crucial parent test - the fiddly car seat

 

 

 
 
Stylish: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke lilac dress by British designer, Jenny Packham with cream wedges. Diana wore a polka dot dress with Stylish: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke lilac dress by British designer, Jenny Packham with cream wedges. Diana wore a polka dot dress with
 

Stylish: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke lilac dress by British designer, Jenny Packham with cream wedges

 
 
Goodbye: William gives a final farewell wave before he drives his wife and their new addition back home

Goodbye: William gives a final farewell wave before he drives his wife and their new addition back home

Proud dad: William fulfilled a dream chased by many wannabee parents, taking the opportunity to drive his wife and child home from hospital

Proud dad: William fulfilled a dream chased by many wannabee parents, taking the opportunity to drive his wife and child home from hospital

 
 
Kate looked incredibly fresh despite going into labour and giving birth less than two days ago at the hospital where her husband was born

Kate looked incredibly fresh despite going into labour and giving birth less than two days ago at the hospital where her husband was born

 
Parenthood: After such a bright and public spotlight on the baby's birth the couple drive away from the spotlight

Parenthood: After such a bright and public spotlight on the baby's birth the couple drive away from the spotlight

Arrival: The new family arrive at Kensington Palace with their newborn son - Kate's sister was understood to be waiting for her there

Arrival: The new family arrive at Kensington Palace with their newborn son - Kate's sister was understood to be waiting for her there

 

 
 
 
Decades before: Princess Diana and Prince Charles preset Prince William to the world. Diana also wore a polka dot dress similar to the pattern Kate wore

Decades before: Princess Diana and Prince Charles preset Prince William to the world. Diana also wore a polka dot dress similar to the pattern Kate wore

Carole was also asked if she and Michael had suggested any names for the third in line to the throne, and she replied laughing: 'Absolutely not!'.

Adding to speculation the world will soon get its first glimpse of the new prince, a member of the royal household also arrived carrying a car seat for the future king and fresh clothes for Kate and William.

The Duchess's hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker, who has been her stylist since last year, also entered the Lindo Wing via its private rear entrance, adding to speculation that mother and child were soon to be discharged.

Mrs Cook Tucker has been cutting William and Harry's hair for years, attended the royal wedding and was even flown in on their trip to the Far East in 2012 because Kate's hair started to droop in the 36 degree temperatures.

Earlier it was revealed that the family were 'all doing well' and William and Kate expressed their gratitude to the St Mary's medical team for their 'tremendous care', after their son was born there at 4.24pm on Monday, weighing 8lb 6oz.

'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,' a joint statement from the couple said yesterday afternoon.

Nursing staff are said to have helped Kate begin to breast-feed her son yesterday morning.

A Kensington Palace spokesman added: 'Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning.'

The overjoyed couple have started their first full day as proud parents of a ‘beautiful’ baby boy, as Britain continues to celebrate the prince's birth.

On Monday night William slept at the hospital in a separate room so he could be near his wife and their little boy.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Royal duties:

Royal duties: As they commoton ensued Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception for the Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise 2013 at Buckingham Palace

 

 
Queen Elizabeth II at a reception for the Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise 2013 at Buckingham Palace in LondonQueen Elizabeth II at a reception for the Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise 2013 at Buckingham Palace in London
 

Delight: The Queen told guests at a Buckingham Palace reception she was 'thrilled' at the birth of her great-grandson

 

The Queen’s Surgeon-Gynaecologist Marcus Setchell came to assess Kate yesterday morning and decided when the Duchess and baby can be discharged.

Their prince could be named today, with the bookies' favourite currently being James, followed by George and Henry, but he has already been given the title His Royal Highness and will be known as Prince (Name) of Cambridge.

On Monday night, great-grandmother the Queen said she was 'delighted' at the news while an overwhelmed Prince Charles exclaimed he was 'overjoyed' and 'enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time'. 

The Prince of Wales told crowds in Yorkshire that he and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall were still 'thrilled and excited' and celebrated with champagne last night, but added they have 'no idea' what their grandson's name would be. 

The Evening Standard said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wanted to see their baby’s 'little face' and get to know him before choosing a name.

 
Onlookers climb to risky vantage points to get a better look at the Royal couple and their new arrival as they leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's

Onlookers climb to risky vantage points to get a better look at the Royal couple and their new arrival as they leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's

 

 
Spectators teeter on their narrow vantage points as they wait for the young family to appear

Spectators teeter on their narrow vantage points as they wait for the young family to appear

 

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