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Duchess of Cambridge visited by parents

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their new son have been visited by her parents.

Catherine Middleton and her husband Prince William welcomed their first child, a boy, into the world yesterday. The tot was born at Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in London and weighed in at 8lbs. 6oz.

William stayed overnight with his wife and the royal couple are expected to introduce their baby to the world later today.

At 3pm UK time this afternoon Catherine's mother and father Carole and Michael Middleton arrived at the hospital to visit the new parents. Carole wore a blue summer dress and Michael was smart in a navy blazer, with the proud grandparents smiling broadly at waiting photographers.

The move marks a break from normal protocol, which would usually see a member of the royal family the first to meet the baby.

They arrived at the hospital in a black taxi and spoke to lead clinician Jonathan Ramsay.

Other visitors have been spotted arriving at the medical centre today, such as Catherine's hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker. Another person linked to the royal family was seen carrying a baby's car seat into the hospital.

It is thought that if Catherine and William do leave today, it won't be before 6pm. They have already released a statement thanking staff and patients for their support during the birth, taking care to point out the "tremendous care" they have received.

The new arrival is the third in line to the throne and will be known as His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge. At the moment his name hasn't been revealed and there is speculation William may announce it when he accompanies Catherine from the hospital.

However, it may take longer for the tot's moniker to be confirmed. In 1948, Queen Elizabeth II took a month to tell the public she'd called her son Charles.

At the moment the names thought to be in the running are James, George and Henry.

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