Royal couple present baby prince
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown their new son to the world as they described becoming parents as "such a special time".
William and Kate, looking relaxed and happy, brought their baby prince out into the public gaze and joked about their newborn being a "big boy".
On the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London the royal couple posed for the press and waved and smiled at the cheering well wishers who had gathered to witness the special event. The baby prince seemed to be partially awake, as his hand poked over the white shawl he was wrapped in.
The Duchess, who still had a little bump under her bespoke Jenny Packham summer dress, held her son first before handing him to the Duke who was casually dressed in dark trousers and a pale blue shirt with his sleeves rolled up.
Asked how he felt, William said "very emotional", and the Duchess agreed: ''It's very emotional and such a special time and I think any parent will probably know what this feeling feels like.''
William and Kate's appearance outside the Lindo Wing harked back to the day the Duke first emerged into the world outside the same hospital in the arms of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1982. But the atmosphere was very different this time, as the royal couple were casually dressed and appeared to be at ease.
Joking about his son William added: ''Well, he's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure. He's a big boy, he's quite heavy."
The new royal baby - the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years - was delivered on Monday at 4.24pm, weighing 8lb 6oz. The royal couple have yet to name their son and the Duke said it was now a priority: "We're still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.''
Asked about changing nappies the Duke said: "We've done that already," and the Duchess added "he's done his first nappy already". Joking again William said: "He's got her looks, thankfully," while Kate replied: "No, no, I'm not sure about that."
The Duke looked very relaxed holding his son and after speaking to the press for a few minutes returned inside the Lindo Wing with his wife. The couple soon emerged with their son in a baby seat and William carefully fitted it onto the back seat of a Range Rover beside his wife before driving his family home.