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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.
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.”
“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.
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.”
– Tim Nudd with reporting by Phil Boucher
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.
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.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William may have announced the birth of their first child – a boy – on Monday, but the world has yet lay eyes on the royal tot.
“Baby Cambridge,” as the press have affectionately dubbed, was born at the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital at 4:24 PM local time – the same place Princess Diana gave birth to William just 31 years ago.
Weighing in at 8 lbs, 4 oz, the little bundle of joy will be staying at the hospital overnight with his mother as the two prepare for their post-birth debut this coming week, according to the Duke and Duchess’ official office. The baby is currently the third in line to the throne, after his father William and grandfather Prince Charles.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted,” royal officials tweeted on July 22.
Seeing how we can’t see the royal baby just yet, there’s no harm in seeing maybe how he will look should he take William’s genes. Launch the gallery above to see the Prince of Wales’ life in pictures!
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.
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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Once Prince George starts making more public appearances, he’ll need lots of chic duds.
So it’s a good thing Joules recently debuted an adorable Royal Heir capsule collection, featuring a cute graphic of a crowned hare, that is more than fit for a mini prince or princess.
With the royal baby in mind, the British-based brand (which was founded in 1999) created four majestic styles that we can’t help drooling over.
For boys, you’ll find a 2 piece set ($51) and long-sleeve footie ($38) in rich red and and navy hues.
While pretty pinks and floral prints cover the peplum top and leggings set ($51) and pajamas ($38) for girls.
Luckily, the company makes clothing for kids up to 12 years-old, so when Prince William and Duchess Kate‘s little guy gets older, he’ll still have loads of stylish fashions to choose from.