Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge emerged from the hospital late on Tuesday and presented their infant to the crowds who had gathered outside the building for days.
As Kate clutched the baby boy, who was swaddled in a white blanket, she patted him gently as the two new parents beamed and faced the cheering onlookers. Dressed in a blue dress with white polka dots, she then handed him to Prince William, who walked closer to the crowds and spoke, describing the birth as very emotional.
It’s a “special time, any parent knows what this feeling feels like,” Kate said. Prince William, acknowledging the fact that journalists and crowds had waited for days to see the infant Prince of Cambridge, said: “I will remind him of his tardiness when he is a bit older.”
“We’re still working on a name,” the Prince said.
He then joked about the baby’s appearance, saying the baby resembled his wife. And then, apparently speaking about the baby’s hair, the Prince said: “He’s got way more than me.”
The couple later re-emerged with the infant belted into a car seat, and the new family left the hospital by car.
Earlier, Prince Charles and his wife had visited St. Mary’s Hospital, as did Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who later described the baby as “absolutely beautiful,” press reports said.
As our colleague Sarah Lyall reported, Kate gave birth on Monday afternoon to the baby boy, who weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The infant will not be king for some time: he has to wait in the long line behind his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth; his grandfather Prince Charles; and his father, Prince William.
Reporting was contributed by Robert Mackey.