Duke and Duchess leave hospital with new prince

The first glimpse of the royal baby as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their newborn son.

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The anticipation and excitement outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, Central London, was palpable as crowds of press and well-wishers waited for a glimpse of the royal couple and their first child who was born at 4:24pm on Monday weighing 8lbs 6oz.

As the double doors of the private maternity unit opened and the couple came out with their son the Prince of Cambridge wrapped in a blanket, applause erupted.

Catherine, who smiled broadly, said it was “a very emotional time”, while her husband William commented on the strength of his son’s lungs and joked that the baby had “thankfully” inherited his wife’s looks.

The Duke of Cambridge also admitted that they are “still working on a name”, but didn’t deny the suggestion that it might be George, saying “wait and see”.

Acknowledging how long the press have been waiting for pictures of the baby, the new father referred to his son’s overdue birth, pledging to “remind him of his tardiness” when he was older.

The couple then got into a waiting vehicle with their newborn safely secured in a car seat, for their first night alone together as a family.

Earlier in the day Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton visited their first grandchild, emerging after an hour. Mrs Middleton described her grandson as “absolutely beautiful”.

The Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall followed suit shortly afterwards, arriving at the Lindo Wing on their return from a two-day visit to Yorkshire, where residents of the pretty East Riding village of Bugthorpe were enthusiastically celebrating the birth, with one resident calling “Morning Grandad!”, raising a delighted chuckle from the heir to the throne.

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