THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge proudly showed the world their baby son, a future king, before taking him home tonight.
William and Kate began their new lives as parents, cradling their baby prince and posing for pictures on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.
The Duchess held her son first and the couple looked relaxed and smiled broadly as the world’s media captured the moment.
William later held his son and walked forward with his wife to answer a few questions. He began by joking: “He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy, he’s quite heavy. We are still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.”
He added: “It’s the first time we have seen him really so we are having a proper chance to catch up.”
The Duchess, who still had a bump under her summer dress, said: “It’s very emotional, it’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.”
Her husband agreed: “It’s very special.”
He added: “I’ll remind him of his tardiness when he’s a bit older. I know how long you’ve all been standing here so hopefully the hospital and you guys can all go back to normal now and we can go and look after him.”
The birth of a royal prince was welcomed warmly in Edinburgh as well-wishers across the Capital reacted in delight to the arrival.
Weighing in at 8lbs 6oz, the boy was born almost 11 hours after the Duchess of Cambridge was first admitted.
Both the Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry were born in the same wing.
The Duke was present for the birth.
Lord Provost Donald Wilson said he was already looking forward to the baby’s first visit to Edinburgh.
He said: “On behalf of the people of Edinburgh, I would like to pass on my congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.
“This city has enjoyed a long and proud association with the royal family, as demonstrated by the many engagements undertaken by the Queen during her stay here earlier this month, and I look forward to welcoming their newest addition to Edinburgh in the future.”
First Minister Alex Salmond was amongst the first public figures to offer congratulations,
saying: “I am sure that people across Scotland will be absolutely thrilled to hear the news of the birth of a baby boy to the royal couple and will want to join me in wishing the proud parents many
City civic officials opted against a public show of pomp and ceremony to herald the birth, while armed forces stationed out of Edinburgh Castle resisted the urge to fire the One o’Clock Gun in celebration.
Traders and members of the public were less restrained. Royal Mile eatery, The Fudge House of Edinburgh, was readying a new batch of confectionary to get into the spirit of the royal birth.
Store owner Giancarlo Disotto said a special type of blueberry fudge would be released after staff took a punt on the new arrival being a boy.
NHS Lothian’s charge midwife Pauline Smith said every baby and mother was different, with the first couple of days all about finding out what works best for the individual family.
She said in terms of tips: “It is important to try and sleep or rest when the baby is having a sleep and also take help when it is offered to you.”
City centre Conservative councillor Joanna Mowat said: “I think that we’re all absolutely delighted about the safe arrival of the third-in-line to the throne. Welcome to the world, the future monarch, and congratulations to the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.”
West Lothian’s Provost Tom Kerr said: “On behalf of the people of West Lothian I would like to wish the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge warmest best wishes on the safe arrival of their son.”
• THE birth of the baby prince means the monarchy has three generations of heirs to the throne for the first time since 1894. The last time the monarch met her great-grandson was when Queen Victoria was alive.