Just about seven hours old and swaddled in blankets, Duchess Catherine and Prince William’s precious baby boy greeted the world at the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially introduced the world to their third bundle of joy in scenes reminiscent of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s birth only a few years prior, and the proud new parents of three lovingly cradled their newborn while the global media watched on.
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Despite having just given birth, Duchess Catherine looked flawless in a red dress with a white collar (strikingly similar to the dress Princess Diana wore after giving birth to Prince Harry, which you can see in the gallery below) by Jenny Packham. Her go-to stylist, Natasha Archer, was presumably behind the ensemble as she was spotted leaving the prestigious hospital just one hour before the royal gave birth.
The beloved royal pulled the look together with a pair of nude pumps (yep, just hours after birth!), her trademark blow-dry and natural makeup.
Meanwhile, the new royal baby was swaddled in a cream blanket and matching knitted hat — both of which will no doubt sell out in a matter of minutes once the designer is revealed. He appeared calm as he was presented to the waiting media and crowds of well-wishers who had gathered outside the hospital to catch a glimpse of the historic moment.
The royal couple then disappeared into the hospital where they quickly transferred the world’s tiniest royal into a car seat. They then reemerged and walked toward a waiting vehicle before making their way back to their home at Kensington Palace.
William, 35, said the couple was “very happy, delighted” as he fit the baby carrier into the car. Holding up three fingers, he said, “thrice worry now,” adding, “We didn’t keep you waiting too long.” And when asked about the name he said, “You’ll find out soon enough.”
Kensington Palace first confirmed the 36-year-old royal was in labour at 8:23 am in the morning, London time via Twitter in a statement:
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.
The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
Royals, fans and celebrities have been quick to share their congratulations to Prince William and Duchess Catherine for their new son. Kensington Palace shared, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
The name of the third child has not yet been announced, however oddsmakers have Arthur as the favourite for the royal tot. Albert, James, Philip, Jack, Thomas, Edward and Alexander are also popular choices.
In the gallery below, see more first photos of royal babies including Prince William himself: