Royal Baby Makes First Appearance as William, Kate Depart Hospital
(LONDON) -- The world has gotten its much-anticipated first glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton's new royal baby boy.
In line with royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of the doors of St. Mary's Hospital's Lindo Wing to the wild cheers of the crowd gathered outside to pose for photographs.
Kate held the newborn in her arms. The baby was swaddled in a white blanket and poked his hand out, as if to greet the world.
Kate wore a baby-blue polka dot dress with her long brown hair flowing around her shoulders.
The new mom then handed the baby boy to his father.
"He's a big boy. He's quite heavy," William told the crowd. "We're still working on a name. We'll have that as soon as we can."
Kate said the experience has been "very emotional," adding that any parent would "know what this feeling feels like."
"He's got her looks, thankfully," William joked.
Kate quickly laughed and responded, "No, no, no."
In regards to the baby's hair, William quipped, "He's got way more than me, thank God."
Before heading back into the hospital, William said, "You guys can all go back to normal now and we can look after him."
Minutes later, the new parents came back out with the baby in a car seat. William got in the front driver's seat and Kate got in the back with the baby as they drove off.
The historic moment was captured by the hordes of photographers outside who have been camped out for weeks.
The royal heir's name has not yet been announced. His title will be His Royal Highness Prince (name) of Cambridge.
Kensington Palace announced in a news release that HRH the Duchess of Cambridge would be discharged Tuesday from the hospital.
The baby enjoyed his first visit with his grandparents on Tuesday.
Kate Middleton's parents Michael and Carole Middleton were the first to visit their new grandson at the hospital in London where the royal baby was born Monday. They spent a little more than an hour at the hospital.
As they left, Carole Middleton told reporters of her first grandchild and his parents, "He's absolutely beautiful and they're doing so well."
When asked whether she could reveal the baby's name, Middleton, 58, laughed and said, "Absolutely not!"
She said the new parents are doing "fabulously" and that the first cuddle with her new grandson was "amazing."
"It's all coming back," the mother of three said as she beamed with joy.
Kate, 31, is the oldest of her three children, followed by Pippa Middleton, 29, and James Middleton, 26.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also visited the hospital shortly after. They smiled and waved as crowds cheered and they made their way inside.
The world had been eagerly awaiting the first glimpse of the third in line to the British throne.
The royal couple will raise their bundle of joy in apartment 1A of Kensington Palace, which has more than 20 rooms. It's also the same palace in which William grew up, noted for its ornate interior design and picturesque gardens.
And it's at Kensington Palace where Queen Elizabeth is expected to meet her great-grandson for the first time. The baby is the queen's third great-grandchild.
Celebrations continued Tuesday with gun salutes by royal artillery companies to honor the birth. Riders in uniform trotted past the palace to Green Park, where six field guns fired 41 blank rounds.
London's landmarks, including the London Eye, lit up Monday in the national colors of red, white and blue, and the city had a party atmosphere with celebratory crowds gathering outside Buckingham Palace.
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