The Royal Baby Goes Home

The world's most anticipated baby made his royal debut on the steps of St. Mary's Hospital today as Prince William and Kate Middleton left for home with the Prince of Cambridge.

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge introduced the newborn royal baby to the world on the steps of the hospital where he was born, 31 years after the world met Wills in the same spot.

Kate Middleton was glowing in a light-blue dress with white polka dots as she emerged from the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital with the baby snugly in her arms. A few moments later she carefully transferred him into his father's arms, a move any parent knows is fraught with peril the first few tries.

The newborn prince was wrapped cozily in a blanket, making it difficult to see his face, but his little fingers reached up several times. According to William, "He’s got her looks, thankfully," causing Kate to heartily disagree. "No, no, no, I’m not sure about that."

"It's such a special time. Any family knows what this feeling is like," Kate said, calling the moment "very emotional."

"Well he has a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure," William joked. "He's a big boy, quite heavy."

William also confirmed that the baby was overdue, saying, "I will remind him of his tardiness when he is older."

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The couple then went back inside the hospital, placed the baby in a car seat and re-emerged to hop in their car — William placed the car seat securely in the back then drove his new family away himself.

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According to a statement from Clarence House, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace." The family is expected to remain there until William returns to work as an RAF search and rescue pilot in approximately two weeks, when it's rumored Kate and the little prince will shack up with her parents in their Bucklebury country house.

The couple currently reside in the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace while their luxe 20-room Apartment 1A in the main building is refurbished.

Two sets of grandparents visited the royal baby at the hospital earlier today. Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton arrived first, followed by a separate visit from Prince Charles and his second wife Camilla, Prince William's stepmother.

Now we're just missing one small but important detail: The royal baby's name. Prince William said they're "still working on a name," but will arrive at a decision "soon." If they need some help they could always turn to these royal baby name suggestions on Twitter.

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Mel July 23, 2013 | 8:26 PM

Was thinking the exact same thing!

Afton July 23, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The future ruler of Great Britain -- all 8 pounds, 6 ounces of him -- emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in London on Tuesday, swaddled in blankets and in the arms of his parents, William and Kate. A full head of blond hair poked out as the new Prince of Cambridge, who does not yet have a name, was passed from his mother to his father, who took him in a two-handed football hold. "He's got her looks, thankfully," Prince William said of his son, with a glance at his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. The balding prince also said his son "has way more hair" than he does.

Samantha Steiner July 23, 2013 | 1:41 PM

God save the queen! Not even twenty four hours after his birth, his Royal Highness, the Prince of Cambridge, has already taken the world by storm, hence the busy activity occurring yesterday afternoon, all around downtown and Central London. In fact, to mark the rather big and momentous occasion, several hundreds of fans and well wishers rushed outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, just in time and in hopes of catching a simple glance of the moment, when the first formal and official announcement of the baby’s birth was posted on the now infamous, gorgeous wooden, golden easel, not used since Prince William’s birth 31 years ago. Not to be outdone, the city put on a spectacular show, in lieu of the wonderful news. It's time to pop the champagne! From Piccadilly Circus, to the London Eye and back, there was certainly no shortage of celebration, as hues of red, white, and blue appropriately and happily welcomed the new heir, now third in line to the throne. In Trafalgar Square, a fountain was lit up in baby blue to honor London's newest prince. And of course, several social media outlets, reporters, and photographers, including fans and well wishers from all around the globe, and native Londoners, had an absolute field day with this historic event, as the royal couple proved yet again, to be a very hands on parenting duo with their new little one, and of course, wearing matching blue attire to introduce their new son to the world. And as for the pomp and circumstance? How about a royal 61 gun salute and church bells ringing all over town for hours? Not too shabby for the future king, right? After both sets of grandparents visited Baby Cambridge in the hospital earlier today, millions of flashbulbs went off, capturing such an incredibly special moment for the new family. Though Aunt Pippa and Uncle Harry were not in tow, they certainly weren't far from the minds of the media, as they continued to stake out their places in front of the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in Central London. And many people are still wondering, could they possibly become godparents to the new little heir? We will all have to wait and see. Now as the royal couple spend much needed family time back home in Kensington Palace, the wait is also on for the baby's name and official royal family photographs to be revealed. Are you excited?

Rex July 23, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Someone needs to show them how to strap that baby into the car seat correctly before he gets hurt : (

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