Boy Meets World: Baby Cambridge Emerges From Hospital Still Nameless

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new baby boy outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London on July 23, 2013

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital in London today, giving the world its first glimpse of the couple’s 1-day-old firstborn son, who is third in line to the British throne. The happy parents stood before a crowd of photographers and reporters, many of whom had booked their place in the pen weeks before.

“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” said a thrilled-looking Prince William as a healthy-looking and smiling Kate stood by his side. Kate had emerged holding the baby but passed the boy to his father before the young family approached the journalists waiting across the road from the hospital entrance. “We’re still working on a name,” William said. He also commented on the baby’s hair: “He’s got way more than me, thank God.”

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Members of the public had joined the journalists at the hospital since the early hours of Monday morning, when royal officials confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, had gone into labor. After over a 14-hour wait on the hottest day in Britain this year, the news broke that the Duchess was delivered of a son, weighing in at a healthy 8 lb. 6 oz. (3.8 kg), at 4:24 p.m.

A cheer broke out from the crowd as the couple emerged. Ashley Miller, a homemaker from Virginia on vacation in London with her husband, was at the hospital to see the royal couple and their baby. “It was just amazing,” Miller said. “Kate’s a world icon. She’s an inspiration to all women. It was my dream to see Kate when we came here. It’s like a fairy tale that’s come true for Kate. We saw them in the car. They were both smiling, the baby was in the backseat. William was beaming ear to ear. To think their little boy will be the King of England one day.”

“I thought I’d be happy, but I got the shakes and got all emotional,” said Carlene Mareno, 30, an administrator from London. Mareno said she finds William and Kate hugely likeable. “They’re so normal, aren’t they? You can relate to them. It’s a new generation of royals.”

Annabel Cornfoot, a 37-year-old baby-record-book publisher living in London, had come to the hospital with her two young daughters to catch the first glimpse of the new family. “I think they will be good parents,” said Cornfoot, shortly before Kate, William and their baby appeared, but added that she felt bad for Kate. “I know from experience that sometimes the day after labor you can’t walk properly — it must be nerve-racking.”

After their appearance, Kate, William and the baby went back into the hospital. Soon after they emerged with the baby in a car seat. Kate got into the backseat while William opened the other door and put the car seat in place. Kate immediately leaned over to touch her son. They then drove off in a black Range Rover to their home in Kensington Palace in central London.

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Earlier in the day the first visitors to the hospital were Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who arrived in a black London taxi and entered the hospital in the early afternoon smiling broadly but saying nothing to the waiting press. When they left Carole Middleton described the baby as “absolutely beautiful.”

William’s father Prince Charles arrived later with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. After visiting his son and grandson — the first gathering of the three royal males who may all one day be King — Charles said the boy was “marvelous.”

Earlier, on a visit to Yorkshire, Charles was greeted by well-wishers with the words: ’Morning, granddad. The Prince did not give any indication of what his grandson might be called, but said he was “thrilled and very excited” and conceded that he had enjoyed “a little bit” of Champagne to mark the occasion. The Duchess of Cornwall added that she thought Charles would make a “brilliant” grandfather because “he’s brilliant with children.”

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Messages of congratulations have been steadily pouring in from around the world — Prince Charles’ office has even set up a congratulatory e-card on Google+ that anyone can sign for the new royal parents.

The couple is believed to have drawn up a short list of possible names. According to British bookmakers, James has emerged as a clear favorite, followed by George and Henry. Some Twitter users joked in the morning that the child should be called Thor, because of the thunderstorms and lightning that swept across the evening before Kate went into labor. It could be quite some time before the name is known to the public; it took a week after his birth for the royal family to announce Prince William’s name, and a month for Prince Charles’ name to be made public.

— With reporting by Megan Gibson and Katie Harris

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45 comments
WigsandWhigs
WigsandWhigs

"'“They’re so normal, aren’t they? You can relate to them. It’s a new generation of royals.'" -- I beg to differ, not all of us can fork out £10,000 in hospital fees. Nor do our children automatically gain a place in Eton. Privileged scum.

Raghav Mittal
Raghav Mittal

Why has been the British throne kept so sacrosanct in today's age of democracy? Isn't it regression of the first order.

Rock Benson
Rock Benson

That is so Old School even Uncle Bob in Zimbabwe DIDN'T stir and, neither did he sent an old-fashioned telegram to the palace?

NanciAlley
NanciAlley

Beautiful baby!! Congratulations to Prince William & Duchess Catherine!!!! Long live the King!!!!


Harrison Thomas LaTour
Harrison Thomas LaTour

If Salic Law had prevailed at the time of the death of King William IV (r. 1830- 1837), and all births, marriages, and deaths had taken place exactly the way they did since, HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover (b. 1954) would be sovereign today. In other words, Queen Victoria would have remained Princess Victoria of Kent (her father was Prince Edward, Duke of Kent) and the succession would have gone to her paternal uncle Prince Ernest Augustus of Great Britain (1771- 1851). (He became King of Hanover in 1837) The reason that HRH Prince Ernst August would be sovereign today is because he is the senior male lineal descendant of Prince Ernest

DrRoc U. Ronium
DrRoc U. Ronium

In Gods eyes we are all as equal as the teeth of a comb whether a baby is delivered by a princess or a peasant is one of the same.

Melissa Morrical-Dionne
Melissa Morrical-Dionne

I can't imagine what it feels like to hold your new baby and know he will be a king!!

Devin Trousdale
Devin Trousdale

Do you think the Lindo Wing has private hospital rooms?

Charles Buchanan
Charles Buchanan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Submarine_Base_Kings_Bay the trident refit center on subase bangor is nothing more than a interim tranport location for the takeing of the spent fuelrods out of subs and then disposeing of same by various methods. it is a limited maintenance facility at best. the subs are first degaussed as the re enter the bay so there are minimal chances of accidents upon this transition of spent radiactive fuels later. I know this firsthand. and in the MLA(MISSLE LAUNCH AREA OF INTERIOR MARINES guard another secret,and that is a ballistic land launched capability from there should subs be lost at sea with their onboard missles,as a last resort. and I will lay odds there is info from snowden about the new super computor storage and space facility of NSA-NASA in UTAH. THIS WILL PROCESS MILLIONS OF BITS OF DATA ON TRAJECTORIES FLIGHT PLANS OF STARFLEETS,ETC AS A SEPERATE dod-darpa facility Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is a base of the United States Navy located adjacent to the town of St. Marys in Camden County, Georgia, in southeastern Georgia, and not far from Jacksonville, Florida. The Submarine Base is the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's home port for U.S. Navy Fleet ballistic missilenucl...

Howard Francis
Howard Francis

Abolish the British monarchy now and let everyone of them become peasants or commoner. Ahahahah

Howard Francis
Howard Francis

Did Scotland yard did a good job in their investigation of the so called accident of the princess of whales and her friend Dodi? Who tied their hands in the investigation? How much were they paid to cover up the double murder?

Samwel Gichuru Ndibah
Samwel Gichuru Ndibah

one of the loopholes of the salic law was failure to give provisions in case of absence of a male heir of the throne once a king dies. obviously a dynasty must have a king or/and queen as constant(s) (K) at any time (T). Salic law sought to make them variables, can't work

Oliver Ramos Felix
Oliver Ramos Felix

It's the 21st century. I think it's repugnant to call someone "your highness" and the English are tired of paying more taxes to maintain these peoples lifestyle.

Tony McGrath
Tony McGrath

Inherited privelige - belongs in the past. Might be a lovely couple etc etc etc but the monarchy was born in blood and suppression. No place in our world - just celebrities now.

Howard Francis
Howard Francis

Will the person who knows who murdered princess Diana and Dodi Fayed come forward and let out the secret and let the guilty one be brought to justice. A £600000 reward is been offered

Marie Campbell
Marie Campbell

charles and his mrs need to go .after what thay did. SHAME ON THEM. WILLIAM SCHOOD BE NEXT IN LINE. AND DI IS LOOKING DOWN AT HER GRANE SON

tfdrumm
tfdrumm

Talk about nepotism.  The kid has no education, no job experience, and he's already got the gig.

Howard Francis
Howard Francis

When will the british monarchy come to an end? Will it ever cease to exist?

David Morema
David Morema

Mean while in Kenya, no body cares about this news crap. Time could have better use their space to report about weather or better use on advertisement add to gain revenue.

TahitiNut
TahitiNut

@TIME "emerges from the hospital" ... it seems "emerging" is the forte of newborns.

angieevanhorn
angieevanhorn

@TIME Live long the King! England have great history of lords & Knights & Roman Empires—the great Alexander Severus (A.D. 222-235)

angieevanhorn
angieevanhorn

@TIME Congrat to Prince William & Princess Kate for a healthy & beautiful baby! What a joy & blessing to Royal Family & England.

Harrison Thomas LaTour
Harrison Thomas LaTour

9. If Salic Law had applied in Great Britain and Victoria had not succeeded King William IV as Queen in 1837, who would be the sovereign today?