Queen Elizabeth Visits Prince William and Kate’s Baby Boy
(LONDON) -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first night at home with their baby boy and had a few important visitors along the way.
Queen Elizabeth II made a trip to Kensington Palace to visit Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 31, and her new great-grandson earlier Wednesday.
The queen was spotted being driven to the palace after returning from Balmoral, her weekend estate. The baby, whose name has not yet been made public, is the queen's third great-grandchild.
The birth of William and Kate's first child marks the first time in almost 120 years that a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, 87, is alive at the same time as three generations of heirs: Prince Charles, 64, Prince William and, now, the latest addition to the family.
Not long after the Queen left Kensington Palace, William and Kate were spotted leaving the palace themselves, driving away in a Range Rover with William behind the wheel, as he did when they left the hospital on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the new parents also confirmed that Prince Harry, 29, the newborn's uncle and Prince William's younger brother, has now seen the couple and their baby.
Middleton's siblings, Pippa and James Middleton, also both reportedly saw the new addition to the family Tuesday night.
The royal meetings took place after the world was introduced to the third heir in line to the British throne on Tuesday as his parents left St. Mary's Hospital's in London and posed for photographs, giving throngs of supporters their first glimpse of the 8-pound, 6-ounce newborn.
As for now, the royal couple is said to be taking care of their child without the help of a nanny. But the couple has not ruled out hiring a nanny in the future, according to the palace.
The royal family of three spent their first night together at home in a two-bedroom cottage in Kensington Palace.
William and Kate will eventually raise their bundle of joy in apartment 1A of Kensington Palace -- the same palace where William grew up -- noted for its ornate interior design and picturesque gardens.
Apartment 1A is still under construction with new plumbing, asbestos removal and roof repairs still incomplete. The apartment, which is actually a four-story space, has not been renovated since the 1960s, when it was the home of Queen Elizabeth's sister, Margaret.
The future heir to the throne is also expected to spend time at Kate's family home in Bucklebury.
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