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