World Gets First Glimpse of Royal Baby Boy
LONDON (KTLA) — The world on Tuesday got its first glimpse of the baby boy born to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William.
The royal couple walked out of St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday evening with their son, amid cheers from the throng of onlookers.
The couple and baby departed in a waiting vehicle, shortly after Prince William put his son — snuggled in a car seat — inside.
The royal baby was born at 4:24 p.m. on Monday and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Prince William and Catherine spent the night in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital in London, CNN reported.
Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, visited the hospital on Tuesday afternoon to meet their new grandson.
Carole Middleton told reporters that the baby was “absolutely beautiful” and that mother and baby were doing “really well.”
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived at the hospital for a brief visit Tuesday evening.
“Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said on Tuesday.
The queen’s gynecologist was at the hospital doing medical assessments of Catherine, the palace said earlier.
William and Catherine issued a statement thanking doctors and hospital staff at St. Mary’s for “tremendous care.”
“We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone — staff, patients and visitors — for their understanding during this time,” they said.
Prince William was by Catherine’s side throughout the delivery, and the baby was born naturally, not via a C-section, a Kensington Palace source told CNN.
The name of the boy, who is third in line to the British throne, has not yet been revealed.
British bookmakers favored James, followed by Henry and George, Philip, Alexander and Richard.
The child’s title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge.
Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace again on Tuesday, a day after they flocked their to see the official notice of the baby’s birth.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the bulletin, which was placed on a gilded easel, read.
On Tuesday, guardsmen at the palace played the Cliff Richards song “Congratulations” at the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, a favorite among tourists.
There were two separate multigun salutes on Tuesday afternoon. Forty-one guns were fired in London’s Green Park and 62 were fired at the Tower of London.
At the same time, the bells at Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married in 2011, began to peal. They were set to continue for over three hours.
The tributes to new royal heir were all around in the capital on Monday.
The fountains of Trafalgar Square were died blue, and the landmark BT Tower flashed the words “It’s a boy.” The London Eye was also lit up in red, white and blue.
Local newspaper The Sun got in on the excitement, changing its masthead to “The Son.”
“Oh boy! One’s a grandpa!” the headline on the Daily Mail read (“One” being Prince Charles).
Following the birth, members of the royal family expressed their happiness about the new addition.
The official British Monarchy twitter feed said: “The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted at the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby.”
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild,” Prince Charles and wife Camilla said in a statement.
“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” they said.
Charles Spencer, brother to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, issued a written statement saying, “We’re all so pleased: it’s wonderful news.”
“My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham, in July, 1961,” he said. It’s another very happy summer’s day, half a century on.”
Prime Minister David Cameron also offered his congratulations to William and Catherine on the newborn prince.
“I’m sure that right across the country and indeed right across the commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well,” Cameron said.
“It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy,” he said.
CNN contributed to this report.