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New baby goes to stay at Middletons

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken their new son to stay with his maternal grandparents after he was visited by his great-grandmother, the Queen.

William and Kate left their Kensington Palace home for the Berkshire village of Bucklebury and the family support of Michael and Carole Middleton, who have already described their grandson as ''absolutely beautiful''.

With the Duke on two weeks' paternity leave and the Duchess receiving help from her mother, the royal couple will have the time to relax and get to know their son.

After the excitement of the infant's first public appearance outside St Mary's Hospital in Paddington on Tuesday evening, a Kensington Palace spokesman stressed that the Cambridges were now focused on the age-old job of caring for their baby.

He said: ''This is now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.''

Before William and Kate were driven to Berkshire, the Queen made the short trip from Buckingham Palace to see her great-grandson for the first time.

Her visit followed other family trips since Tuesday night made by the baby's uncle, Prince Harry, and aunt, Pippa Middleton.

The birth on Monday was eagerly anticipated by the Queen, who had joked that she hoped the baby would arrive before she went on holiday this week.

The new prince was born in time for his great-grandmother to see him, and she spent just over 30 minutes with the Duke and Duchess and their son.

The Queen's visit was a historic occasion as it is almost 120 years since a reigning monarch has met a future king three generations ahead. The previous occasion was when Queen Victoria saw her great-grandson Prince Edward, later Edward VIII, after his birth in 1894.

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