A beaming Prince William and his wife Kate emerged from a London hospital yesterday evening with their newborn baby boy, presenting the world with a first glimpse of the prince who is third in line to the British throne.
The royal couple appeared happy and relaxed as they waved at the crowds of onlookers gathered outside London's St Mary's Hospital.
Kate, wearing a blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress, smiled and waved as she stepped out from the hospital doors with the future monarch in her arms.
"It's very emotional. It's such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like," she said.
She then gave the baby to her husband, who, cradling their child, said: "He's got her looks, thankfully. He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure."
William added: "He's a big boy. He's quite heavy," and laughed when a reporter asked him about the baby's hair.
"He's got way more than me, thank God," he said.
The prince said they are still deciding on a name.
"We're still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can."
He went on: "It's the first time we've seen him, really, so we're having a proper chance to catch up."
Asked how he felt, he added: "Very emotional."
Kate said: "It's very emotional and such a special time and I think any parent will probably know this feeling."
William added: "It's very special. I'll remind him of his tardiness when he's a bit older because I know how long you've all been sat out here.
"Hopefully the hospital and you guys can all go back to normal now and we're going to look after him."
He joked: "He's got her looks, thankfully."
But Kate replied: "No, no, no, I'm not sure about that."
A member of the press then asked "Have you called him George?", and William replied: "Wait and see."
Asked about nappy changing, William replied: "We've done that already" before Kate revealed: "He's done the first nappy already."
The couple re-entered the hospital to place the child in a car seat before re-emerging to get into an SUV.
William drove the couple away – palace officials said they will head to an apartment in Kensington Palace.
The young family's first public appearance together has been the moment that the world's media and crowds of onlookers camped outside the hospital had been waiting for, and the photographs are likely to be reprinted for decades.
The appearance recalls a similar event three decades ago, when Princess Diana and Prince Charles carried the newborn William out to pose for photographs on the same steps.
Earlier, grandparents Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla, and Michael and Carole Middleton – Kate's parents – were the first relatives to visit the young family at the hospital.
Charles called the baby "marvellous," while a beaming Carole Middleton described the infant as "absolutely beautiful."
The couple's Kensington Palace office said Kate gave birth to the 8lb, 6oz baby boy at 4:24 pm on Monday.
The news was greeted with shrieks of joy and excited applause by the hundreds gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace.
Revellers staged impromptu parties at both locations, and large crowds crushed against the palace gates to try to catch a glimpse – and a photograph – of the golden easel placed there to formally announce the birth.
In London, gun salutes were fired, celebratory lights came on, and bells chimed at Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married.
SARAH CAREY, PAGE 15