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Kate and William leave St. Mary’s Hospital hospital with their baby boy

World gets its first look at the prince


 

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The world got its first glimpse of the royal baby, the prince who is third in line to the British throne.

Prince William and Kate, duchess of Cambridge, left the Lindo wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday evening, shortly after 7 p.m. local time.

Kate held her son in a white blanket, before passing him to William. The couple paused to answer a few questions as the crowd cheered.

Kate told reporters she felt “very emotional.”

“It’s very special,” William told reporters. “I’ll remind him of this tardiness when he’s a bit older.”

He said that he hoped the reporters and the hospital could go back to normal now that they were leaving.

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William joked that, “he’s got her looks, thankfully.”

Both William and Kate wore light blue. Kate wore a blue and white polka-dot dress and nude-coloured wedge shoes. William wore a blue button-down shirt.

They then walked back into the hospital where the baby was loaded into a car seat before William drove the family away in a black SUV. William and Kate were expected to travel to Kensington Palace.

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Earlier in the day, the couple was visited by Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, for about an hour. Upon leaving the hospital, Carole Middleton told the press that the couple was doing “fabulously.”

“They are both doing really well and we are so thrilled,” Carole Middleton said.

The Middletons were followed by Prince Charles and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, who visited the hospital for approximately 30 minutes. Charles stopped briefly to speak to the media camped outside the hospital’s Lindo wing, saying the visit was “marvelous” and telling reporters that they will see the baby boy “in a minute.”

After Charles and Camilla left, dozens of nurses — some in scrubs, some with children in tow — began to line up on either side of the front door. More nurses peeked out the windows, many sticking out hands to wave at the masses below, giving a sure sign that the royal couple and their new son were on their way out.

William and Kate have not yet revealed the name of their son, who was born Monday, July 22, 2013 at 4:24 p.m. local time. He weighed 8lbs 6oz. As of Tuesday, odds for the name were on George.

The crowd began to disperse moments after William drove his wife and their unnamed son away. As spectators poured towards nearby tube stations, TV presenters begged for last-minute interviews. “What did the baby look like?” one reporter asked. “A baby,” laughed a passerby.

At the Starbucks across the street, writers hunched over laptops and mumbled quietly, while others spread out on the floor of the hospital lobby. In the hour, they will file their stories and St. Mary’s Hospital will be mostly “back to normal,” just as William wished.

With files from the Associated Press


 
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Kate and William leave St. Mary’s Hospital hospital with their baby boy

  1. I don’t get the royal mumbo-jumbo in England – they needed Kings, Queens and Princes during the medieval times when such hierarchy was needed to protect their people. Civilization has advanced since then, so why does England still have this royalty component in their society? Someone tell Queen Elizabeth to get off her duff, roll up her sleeves, and do an honest days work, instead of parading around with her funky hats and loud colored dresses… just say’n – oh, and while we’re at it, let’s sell all the royal castles, jewels, gold, horses, etc… and use that money to feed and help the homeless in England get off the ground and thrive… I still can’t get the medals on Prince Charles’ dress uniform – what? for landing a chopper in Grenada, or landing Camilla Parker??? Just say’n….

    • The Qeen is Great ! -so are Kate & Wills ; they generate BILLIONS of Pounds for this Country ! The Tradition/History combined with huge financial gain for UK is amazing !
      Surely these are of huge importance ! -so try to get it ! instead of talking non-sense !

      • With all these BILLIONS of dollars, why so many homeless people in England suffering then?

        • The same could be said of any country.

          • Good point… :-)

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      • I was agreeing with you until you started pointing fingers at countries and governments. Gerry is expressing his opinion, like you, I don’t agree with it, but still, it is his opinion and he is entitled to it. With your nasty remarks you are no better than him. By the way, I am Canadian, and proud of it and our leader is really not such a bad buy (even though I did not vote for him :-) ) I like the American president as well, oh and by the way, I have no problems with the Royal Family either. We are all people living in this world, we all play a part, a baby is reason to celebrate no matter what or who’s it is. I congratulate Will and Kate and wish them the best, just as I would anyone else.

        • I was being facetious in my post, but still, I don’t get the royalty component because it creates an unhealthy “caste” socieity – like, if you’re not of “royalty” than you’re basically worthless… there’s a lot of snobbery there – you see, no regular Joe or Jane off the street can run for “King” or “Princess” – you have to be born into it, which is bullshit in my opinion; at least in the United States “anyone” can run for president. Look at England’s rich history of kings and queens who were “not for the people”, and murdered thousands at their whim… yeah, not for me… I’m proud to be American… and to beat someone to the punch, yeah, the USA might have had presidents that you feel may have “murdered” thousands, but it was to defend the USA and its allies, not because some president woke up one morning and because his tea and crumpets were too cold decided to wipe out a village…

      • Woah…hold on a sec there buddy…sorry, Canada loves the Queen…she’s still our queen too and my service to the military is service to her as queen of Canada and i swore that upon joining…plus…she works harder than most…how many (sorry if i get her age wrong) 87 year old women do you know who still put in 16 hour days…the queen is there for a reason and the royal family deserves respect

  2. I don’t get the royal mumbo-jumbo in England – they needed Kings, Queens and Princesess during the medieval times when such hierarchy was needed to protect their people. Civilization has advanced since then, so why does England still have this royalty component in their society? Someone tell Queen Elizabeth to get off her duff, roll up her sleeves, and do an honest days work, instead of parading around with her funky hats and loud colored dresses… just say’n – oh, and while we’re at it, let’s sell all the royal castles, jewels, gold, horses, etc… and use that money to feed and help the homeless in England , and help then get off the ground and thrive… I still can’t get the medals on Prince Charles’ dress uniform – what? for landing a chopper in Grenada, or landing Camilla Parker??? Just say’n….

  3. A new King of Canada. Maybe he will be more successful at replacing the uncivilized, hyperviolent sport of Hockey with cricket once and for all time in the Canada colony.

    • Hahaha sorry us Canadians are too big of ruffians for ya…but nobody is going to take our hockey away…we are just too awesome at it…plus…if you’ve ever been here you’d understand it’s a beautiful thing for us…we really come together as people for it…hockey is beautiful…violent yes but who knows, maybe that’s why we have less problems that some other countries…we take out our issues on the ice and at the end of the day we usually all pound bees together and bond…not knocking your views but perhaps another perspective for you to consider

  4. Congrats to the happy family. I live in Canada and I was brought to believe the Queen was our leader when I was small. I still think the royal family is great. And having a healthy happy baby is always a time to celebrate.