Kate and William bring royal baby to Bucklebury to visit maternal grandparents
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken their new son to stay with his maternal grandparents after he was visited by his great-grandmother, the Queen.
William and Kate left their Kensington Palace home for the Berkshire village of Bucklebury and the family support of Michael and Carole Middleton, who have already described their grandson as ''absolutely beautiful''.
With the Duke on two weeks' paternity leave and the Duchess receiving help from her mother, the royal couple will have the time to relax and get to know their son.
After the excitement of the infant's first public appearance outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington yesterday evening, a Kensington Palace spokesman stressed that the Cambridges were now focused on the age-old job of caring for their baby.
He said: ''This is now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.''
Before William and Kate were driven to Berkshire, the Queen made the short trip from Buckingham Palace to see her great-grandson for the first time.
Her visit followed other family trips since last night made by the baby's uncle, Prince Harry, and aunt, Pippa Middleton.
The birth on Monday was eagerly anticipated by the Queen, who had joked that she hoped the baby would arrive before she went on holiday this week.
But the new prince was born in time for his great-grandmother to see him, and she spent just over 30 minutes with the Duke and Duchess and their son.
The Queen's visit was a historic occasion as it is almost 120 years since a reigning monarch has met a future king three generations ahead.
The previous occasion was when Queen Victoria saw her great-grandson Prince Edward, later Edward VIII, after his birth in 1894.
The Queen said last night that she was "thrilled" by the arrival of the future king, who is third in line to the throne.
She will travel to her private Balmoral estate in Scotland on Friday for her traditional summer break.
William and Kate are still left with the tricky task of choosing a name for their son, who is likely to be christened within a few months.
Before the royal couple left the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London where their baby was born, William revealed that naming the infant was now a priority, saying: ''We're still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.''
The Duke and Duchess are expected to pick a traditional royal name for their newborn.
Royal infants usually have historical names which are passed down through the generations, and bookmakers expect this trend to continue.
The most popular name with betting firms William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power is George.
Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history since the German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714.
A spokeswoman for Coral said: ''There's still solid support coming in favour of George, and at this stage we've racked up another hefty six-figure sum liability.
''We've been forced to cut the odds into 7/4 from 4/1 and if the support continues we wouldn't be surprised if that name went odds-on. Punters are seeking revenge on the bookies after getting it wrong initially.''
William Hill said punters had placed some unusual bets including the possible Harry Potter fan from the Midlands who asked for a pound each on Harry 66/1, Ron 150/1, Hermione 150/1 and Ginny 250/1. The firm's favourite is George at 5/2.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: ''When we first opened the book on royal baby betting last December, everyone was convinced that Kate was going to have a girl and so our names market was full of weird and wonderful girls' names - yet we were left with a relatively traditional boys' name list.
''However, since 7.45pm on Monday night we have received requests for a wide range of boy's names, some traditional and some definitely not.''