'He's absolutely beautiful' - Kate Middleton’s parents meet their royal grandson for the first time
Published 23/07/2013 | 11:40
NEW grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton met their little grandson for the first time this afternoon, with grandmother Carole describing him as 'absolutely beautiful'.
The pair exited the hospital just after 4pm, with Carole also saying: "They're both doing really well, we're so thrilled."
Kate Middleton’s parents smiled as they entered St Mary’s Hospital to meet the newborn Prince of Cambridge, their daughter Kate (32) and son-in-law Prince William (31).
And while the 8lbs 6oz baby boy is the new heir to the British throne, it was a special moment for Carole and Michael as he is also their first grandson.
The couple smiled for the world’s media which has been camped outside the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London for the past ten days for the much anticipated arrival of the new royal heir.
The doting grandparents were keeping tight-lipped as to whether Kate and William have chosen a name for their newborn son.
It also remains to be seen whether the Kate and her baby boy will leave the hospital today.
Speculation is rife that it could happen as it was reported that a hairdresser paid a visit to Kate earlier today.
Last night, William stayed with his wife and his newborn son and has yet to leave the hospital.
More well-wishers and the members of the media have gathered outside St Mary’s in the hope that they will get to see a glimpse of the royal baby.
However, a Kensington Palace spokesman said it was "too early" to say if they would be leaving St Mary's Lindo Wing where the baby was delivered at 4.24pm yesterday afternoon.
He added: "In terms of whether they will be discharged, it's down to their medical team and themselves when they'll be discharged, but it's too early to say."
Meanwhile, it has emerged that William telephoned his family to tell them the good news, speaking personally to the Queen, his father Charles and younger brother Harry.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news."
The Prince of Wales, who has also become a grandfather for the first time, summed up the feelings of the Royal Family when he described the new arrival as an "incredibly special moment for William and Catherine".
Kensington Palace issued a very brief statement from the Duke who, speaking on behalf of himself and the Duchess, said: "We could not be happier."
A spokesman said: "The names of the baby will be announced in due course."
Earl Charles Spencer, the brother of William’s late mother Diana Princess of Wales, described his joy at the new royal baby.
"We're all so pleased: it's wonderful news," he said.
“My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham, in July 1961. It's another very happy summer's day, half a century on.