The world has seen the royal baby for the first time as the future king left hospital with his ecstatic parents last evening, who revealed they had not yet chosen a name.
Prince William and Kate waved and smiled broadly to the waiting cameras as they held their prince on the steps of the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, 26 hours after he was delivered, weighing 8lbs 6oz.
Prince William followed the steps his parents Charles and Diana took with him 31 years ago, when he was born there on June 21, 1982.
As he took questions outside hospital, Prince William said: “He’s got a big pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure.” Confirming that the prince was overdue, William said: “I will remind him of his tardiness when he is older.”
With a huge smile he then added: “He’s got her looks thankfully” to which the Duchess responded “No, no, no I’m not sure about that.”
Joking about his apparent lack of hair, Prince William said about his son: “He’s got way more than me, thank God”.
His child is now third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to fifth, although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more.
The Duke, Duchess and Baby Cambridge will travel home to Kensington Palace, spending two weeks there while William is on paternity leave.
Huge crowds of well-wishers and journalists from all over the world have been waiting outside the west London hospital ward for weeks, first to be there when Kate went into labour and now as the couple left with her firstborn child.
Meanwhile, the Queen told guests at a Buckingham Palace reception she was ‘thrilled’ at the birth of her great-grandson.
Earlier, the royal baby’s grandparents met him for the first time, and soon afterwards Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke, Duchess and baby would leave.