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The Prince of Cambridge: Here’s the First Look!

Hail to the (future) king!

The world got its first glimpse of William and Kate‘s newborn baby boy Tuesday on the steps of St. Mary’s hospital in London. The day-old prince, swaddled in a blanket, already looked to be waving to the crowd.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not reveal the baby’s name – preferring to wait, much as William’s parents, Charles and Diana, did 31 years ago in delaying the revelation of his name for several days.

“We are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can,” William told reporters gathered outside the hospital.

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Stepping out of the hospital to cheers, Kate wore a bespoke cornflower blue crepe-de-chine dress by British designer, Jenny Packham, while her husband William wore a matching blue button-down shirt.

Pausing to answer questions from the crowd, William said of his new son, “He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy – he’s quite heavy.”

He added, when the question came up, “He has got her looks, thankfully.”

“It’s very emotional,” Kate said of the experience. “It’s a moment that any parent having just given birth will know what this feeling feels like.”

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“It’s very special,” added William as he held their newborn, wrapped in an aden + anais muslin swaddle topped with a lightweight blanket.

The new father also said to the gathered press: “I will remind him of his tardiness when he’s a bit older because I know how long you have all been sat out here, so hopefully the hospital and all you guys can go back to normal now and we can look after him.”

As for the baby’s hair, “He has way more than me, thank God,” said his father.

Regarding the changing of the diaper: “He’s done his first nappy,” Kate said of the proud dad.

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Royal sources confirm William practiced putting in the Britax Baby Safe car seat and driving away in the run-up to his smooth performance Tuesday.

In a statement from the Palace, the young couple continued to thank the hospital staff – just as they did earlier that day.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be discharged this evening from St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace. Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received.”

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– Tim Nudd with reporting by Phil Boucher

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Breaking News: Pregnant Kate Middleton Has Gone Into Labor

As promised, Kensington Palace confirmed today at that the Duchess of Cambridge is safely in her hospital room inside St. Mary’s Lindo Wing.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour,” the palace tweeted just before 3am ET.

“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

The palace confirmed that Her Royal Highness went into labor “naturally.” She is progressing well, they told members of the press.

Much to the press pack’s delight outside, Her Royal Highness is due to give birth to the future monarch imminently.

This is the first time social media has been used to make such an announcement regarding a royal birth. Royal reporter Dickie Arbiter, LVO, told me that when she was pregnant, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Princess of Wales was in the Lindo Wing, and then again when the baby was born (the palace does not comment on if/when the expectant mother goes into labor)

Arbiter noted that in addition to a notice from Clarence House, the announcement from Kensington Palace will go to the Press Association and their email list.

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How News Broke That Kate Middleton Went Into Labor

Photographer Jesal Parshotam and his colleague, Darren Sacks have been anticipating the Duke and Duchess arrival at St. Mary’s Hospital, just like everyone else. However, it was a hunch last night that made him wait it out while other members of the press went home.

“We took a guess. It was a full moon so we thought why not come down? We stayed there from 8pm in the evening until about 5.30am,” Parshotam told the Evening Standard.

“We were just standing outside chilling and talking and then it all happened. The cars showed up. They were very, very simple cars – it was very discreet…the protection officers jumped out and they all rushed in. It was a very swift manoeuvre. The Duchess went in and the cars were gone very quickly – within a minute. That was it.”

Parshotam, who has been a celebrity and royal photographer for two years, decided ahead of time that he would not photograph Her Royal Highness. Instead, he tweeted from the scene “Kate Middleton has gone into hospital” just before 6am GBT.

“We had decided in advance we were not going to take a photo of her,” Parshotam told the paper. “I made that decision – she’s a woman in labour. I just wanted to photograph the commotion and convoy of cars. That was a personal decision we both made. To take a picture of her would have been over stepping the mark.

“The protection officers were surprised to see us. They asked us why we were there and questioned us.”

It’s believed that Catherine went into labor naturally, and as of press time, she is “progressing well.”

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Newspapers Go All Out For The Royal Birth

A 41-gun salute went off in Green Park today, followed by one at the Tower of London, marking the birth of a brand new royal baby. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, whose is third-in-line to the British throne, was treated to not only the gun salutes, but also music from the Queen’s Guardsmen, bell peals from Westminster Abbey (three hours’ worth) and – of course- clever front page captions to mark this celebratory occasion.

As the Middleton family went into St. Mary’s Lindo Wing today, the world waits for William, Catherine and their baby to walk through the front door. There, they will most likely pose for photos (briefly) before heading back to Kensington Palace.

Check out the best front page covers in our gallery.

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Kate Middleton’s Not Too Keen On Prince Harry’s Girlfriend

Guys, guess what. Even Kate Middleton gets jealous.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother-in-law, Prince Harry has been dating Cressida Bonas since May 2012, but Her Royal Highness would prefer the lovebirds not get married. Ever.

The Duchess had to once fight Bonas’ half-sister, Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, for Prince William‘s attention.

Back in the 2004, Middleton and William split for the first time, reportedly because William wanted to sow his wild oats. During their time-out, William made a beeline for actress Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, Bonas’ half-sister.

“He [William] had fallen for her in a huge way and wanted to be with her,” a source told the Daily Mail of William and Calthorpe. “He propositioned her several times that summer and although Isabella was single, she knocked William back and said it would be too damaging for her and her career.

“Kate was very aware of his obsession with Isabella and she was incredibly threatened by her. Isabella is drop-dead beautiful and would leave any girl in the shade. I would go so far as to say that William dumped Kate because he thought he had a chance with Isabella and Kate knew that,” the source added.

“Kate accepted William back again but on the condition that he would not speak to Isabella again.”

Calthorpe married her longtime boyfriend, Sam Branson this past March in South Africa, and was a guest at the 2011 royal wedding (though Branson was not).

However, according to the Telegraph, Calthorpe wasn’t invited to the breakfast reception, nor the evening do at Buckingham Palace. Apparently she hitched a ride home post-ceremony with Guy Ritchie.

“Cressida has said Kate is not keen on her relationship with Harry,” one of her friends told the paper. “Cressie and Isabella could not be closer. Where she goes, Bella goes.

“Kate does not like Isabella because William loved her, and that caused their break-up. Bella’s treatment at the royal wedding won’t be forgotten.”

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CNN Emerges as Dark Horse Winner of Craziest Royal Baby Coverage Competition

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reporting from a delivery room

It began in late November. That new Duchess, she seemed… different. Was she using a new conditioner, or was Kate Middleton busy growing a new sovereign in her commoner womb? As it turned out, it was the latter. That future king, His Royal Highness, Prince TK of Cambridge, was born July 22 around 4:00 p.m. London time.

What happened in the months between is one of the strangest, most invasive media spectacles in modern history. E!’s baby fever was whipped into a full-on frenzy as the little king refused to be born. By my count, E! published 52 separate articles related to the royal baby in the last week, that’s nearly 8 a day. Then, of course, there was The Telegraph‘s livestream of a door. A little fetus, bestowed with magical powers by its parentage, had turned a group of adult-aged professionals into a pack of wild animals, snarling and foaming at the mouth, writing up every possible angle they could find. “Kate Middleton ‘Will Cope Quite Well’ After Royal Baby Is Born, Says Schoolmate” was an actual headline. The “schoolmate” in question, by the way, last spoke to Kate Middleton when she was 12.

So it seemed like E! had pretty much cornered the “most rabid royal baby coverage” title. That is, until dark horse CNN threw its hat into the ring. No stranger to wall-to-wall coverage of completely trivial subject matter, CNN, it appears, went momentarily insane with the news Monday morning that Kate Middleton had gone into labor. “How is giving birth different in the UK,” an assignment editor wondered aloud and all the sudden it became a story. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen took us right to a delivery room where she interviewed a woman while she was in labor.

Welcome to the world, Prince TK, it’s a pretty crazy place. But don’t worry, you’re already super popular. And if that doesn’t work out, you’re also crazy rich.

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This Week In Hookups, Breakups And Makeups

With Valentine’s Day celebrations in full force this week, love was all around for Hollywood’s hottest couples.

Katy Perry and John Mayer hit a high note at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where they cozied up in their front row seats during the award show. Out of the spotlight, the pair have favored spending quality time together – a bond that has given Mayer a new perspective when it comes to romance.

“For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like I’m in a celebrity relationship,” he said during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.

Meanwhile, across the pond, another photo scandal rocked Prince William and Kate Middleton when a tabloid magazine released invasive shots of the expectant royal in a bikini while vacationing in Mustique, a small private island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

In happier news, legendary comedian Steve Martin revealed he became a first-time father at the age of 67. In December, he and his wife Anne Stringfield welcomed a baby, according to the New York Post.

Yearning for more info on the latest celebrity lovelines? Read more on Celebuzz‘s relationship roundup, along with expert commentary from relationship expert Christy Whitman, the New York Times bestselling author of Taming Your Alpha Bitch.

Katy Perry & John Mayer

From swanky soirees to coffee runs, it seems as if the singers might have finally found a compatible rhythm in their budding romance. The pair have been inseparable since going public with their relationship in 2012. And after keeping close at the Grammys, Perry and Mayer’s love looks stronger than ever.

How has their relationship helped Katy after her divorce from Russell Brand?

Whitman’s opinion: It appears that her new relationship has helped her move past the marriage and divorce. It seems that her relationship with John has given her more confidence and she seems to be very happy. I think it is giving her hope for a better future, whereas going through a divorce it is difficult to imagine a bright future. This relationship seems to make her happy.

Is John the real deal, or just a playboy?

Some men appear to be playboys until they find the right partner. Many men don’t want to settle down or stay with one woman, because they know that there is not a future with the person they are with. So they move from one woman to another. This is how we get clear on the type of person we want to be with. That is what dating is all about. At least for now, John seems to be very happy with Katy and is the real deal.

Considering his dating record, what steps does John need to take to prove he’s a dedicated boyfriend?

I believe he needs to continue to focus on his relationship with Katy. He needs to continue to stay grounded to himself and she to herself. Relationships are never easy no matter who you are, but even though there was relationship trouble for both of them in the past it does not mean that they can’t find true love, connection and happiness. John has nothing to prove, he just needs to stay true to himself and the relationship.

Steve Martin & Anne Stringfield

The funnyman joins an A-list group of Hollywood dads who’ve had kids well past their prime. In December, the famed funnyman and his wife welcomed a baby. The couple “has been very private” since the arrival of their bundle of joy.

What are the pros and cons of becoming a first-time dad later in life?

Whitman’s opinion: The pros are that later in life you are more settled in your finances and your career. There is a more secure environment and less stress due to the feeling of security. You also know the type of partner you want to be with. Typically later in life marriages last longer because of this clarity. There is more patience for certain things such as going at the pace of the child. Later in life you tend to appreciate the small moments that most people miss when they are younger. There is more awareness of being in the present moment.

Cons: You don’t have as much energy later in life as you did as a younger dad. There is always a generation gap between parents and children, but the gap is wider when there is more years between the parent and child. If both the parent and the child can be open and allowing of each other that helps in this generation gap. If the communication is not strong and healthy the age difference can put a wedge between the parent/child relationship.

Prince William & Kate Middleton

In yet another royal family controversy, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keeping a united front after Star Magazine released photos of the pair enjoying a romantic holiday together in a private island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Controversies swirled as the publication’s cover featured Middleton in a blue bikini with the headline: “Kate Shows Off Baby Bump.”

Will the spotlight wear on Kate and affect the couple’s marriage?

Whitman’s opinion: I think with any celebrity in the public eye that has the paparazzi taking pictures or chasing them, it does affect them. As poised and centered as Kate is, she is still human and it is most likely affecting her. This can affect the couple’s marriage, but it does not have to in a negative way. Any situation that they face in their very public marriage can actually bring them closer together. They both understand what the other is going through and this can help them deeply relate to one another. They need to be careful not to take this out on one another, but to talk about their anger, frustrations and support one another.

What can they do to keep their privacy once their first child arrives?

Whitman’s opinion: Other than staying home and never bringing the child out in public, give opportunities to have the media take pictures under a controlled environment that they agree to. Because of the nature of who they are, they will always need to be aware of the fact that they do not have privacy anymore, especially when they are outside. They have to prepare themselves to be photographed and make peace with that, or it will continue to anger them. They really have to accept the fact that they are super celebrities and that the paparazzi will do whatever they can to get their photos. They can’t fight it, but can accept it and take steps to protect themselves.

For more on Christy Whitman, visit her website. Then tell us: which celebrity couple caught your attention this week? Sound off in the comments, below.

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