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With throngs of well wishers crowded at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Kate, William and the newest royal met the public.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The new parents couldn’t have looked any happier.

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PA Wire

William seemed every bit the proud papa.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

While Kate was radiant.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

You can see the size of the crowds in this picture from CNN’s David Wilkinson.

David Wilkinson, CNN

David Wilkinson, CNN

Kate seemed overcome with emotion when initially coming outside, seeing and hearing from all of those who wanted to meet the baby.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The couple took a few very quick questions from the media. William described his son:

“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy, he’s quite heavy!”

Georgina Brewer, ITV

Georgina Brewer, ITV

From the story on the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge website:

Speaking outside hospital, The Duke said: “He’s got her looks, thankfully,” while The Duchess replied: “No, no, I’m not sure about that.”

Say hello to HRH, the Prince of Cambridge.

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Splash News

More from from Simon Perry’s People magazine story:

“It’s very emotional,” Kate said of the experience. “It’s a moment that any parent having just given birth will know what this feeling feels like.”

Clarence House Twitter

Clarence House Twitter

But when it comes to what the little one will be called, William had this to say.

“We are still working on a name..so we’ll have that as soon as we can.”

Prince Harry’s name was announced when he left the hospital, it was approximately a week before we learned Prince William’s name, and almost a month to learn what Prince Charles would be called.  From the Telegraph’s live blog of events:

…when asked if he would be called George, which is the bookmakers favourite, William laughed and said: “Wait and see, wait and see.”

It was also revealed that William is the one who did the first diaper change. Back to the story from the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge website:

Asked about changing nappies The Duke said: “We’ve done that already,” and The Duchess agreed saying: “he’s done his first nappy already”.

Georgina Brewer, ITV (@GeorginaITV)

Georgina Brewer, ITV (@GeorginaITV)

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.”

William’s sense of humor was evident throughout the brief Q & A, back to the Telegraph’s blog.

He showed the young Prince’s head and added: “He has got more hair than me, thank God.”

For her first appearance as a new mother the Duchess wore a bespoke Jenny Packham dress.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

The cornflower blue and white polka dot dress is crafted of silk crepe-de-chine, with a gathered empire waist and self belt.  Below, a closer look at the material and the belt.

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Splash News

Kate’s hairdresser, Amanda Tucker, arrived several hours before her release.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail ONline

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

The Duchess accessorized with her trusty wedge sandals by Pied a Terre Imperia, now available only in red.

Pied a Terre

Pied a Terre

The brand is carried at Dune, but the broadest selection of styles seems to be at House of Fraser and at John Lewis.

The crowd was sizable, as illustrated by this picture from Kat Higgins of Sky TV.

Kat Higgins, Sky TV (@KatHigginsSky)

Kat Higgins, Sky TV (@KatHigginsSky)The family headed home to Kensington Palace where

The media crush was also intense as seen in this photo from Simon Perry of People magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

Another angle, this one also thanks to the kindness of ITV’s Georgina Brewer.

Georgina Brewer, ITV

Georgina Brewer, ITV

A much different sight than 1982 when Prince William was presented to the world. In fact, CNN’s Max Foster says that when Diana and Charles posed with William there were only 2 (two) television news camera crews on hand to record the event.

Below, a photo shared on Twitter by legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards shows the entire crowd of media waiting for Diana and Charles at the Lindo Wing when Prince William was born. Mr. Edwards can be see on the far left of the photo, wearing sunglasses with his right hand on what looks like a tripod.

Arthur J. Edwards Twitter

Arthur J. Edwards Twitter

The couple repeated their thanks to the staff  and hospital:

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received.

Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Matt Crossick/PA Wire

And in a thoroughly modern twist, the Prince of Cambridge was taken back into the hospital so he could get properly situated in his car seat.

PA Wire

PA Wire

From the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge website:

The Duke smiled from behind the wheel and Kate, who was sitting on the back seat, waved with her son next to her in a baby seat.

After that, it was off to Kensington Palace, where the little Prince was said to be meeting his Aunt Pippa.

Stefan Reimschuessel/PA Wire

Stefan Reimschuessel/PA Wire

You can just see Kate in the back seat with the baby.

PA Wire

PA Wire

Wrapping up with a few observations:

  • Many have asked if I believe Kate’s polka dot dress was a bit of an homage to the dress worn by Princess Diana when leaving St. Mary’s with a newborn William. I do think Kate’s choice was designed to reflect her respect for William’s mother, and sensitivity to the gap caused by her absence. I don’t know if homage is the precise word I would choose, but it is certainly appropriate under the circumstances.
  • Others asked if I thought there was an identical dress made for Kate to wear in pink, should she have given birth to a daughter. Yes, I do believe there was an identical, or very similar frock ready for the Duchess to wear in the event she checked out of the hospital with the Princess of Cambridge, as opposed to the Prince.
Corbis / Splash News

Corbis / Splash News

A quick look at a few of tomorrow’s front pages, beginning with The Sun.

The Sun

The Sun

The Wales Western Mail.

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The Western Mail – Wales

The Scotsman.

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

The Irish Daily Mirror.

The Irish Daily Mirror

The Irish Daily Mirror

The Daily Telegraph.

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph

And the Times of London.

The Times of London

The Times of London

This is one of those times when I am reminded of the saying, “So small the babe – so great the joy.”

Hewitt/Splash News

Hewitt/Splash News

 

 

  54 Responses to “Kate Radiant In Blue Jenny Packham As We Meet His Royal Highness”

  1. In some pictures you can see earrings, do you know who makes them?

  2. The press might have been greater in 2013, but the number of people is much less this time around. If you look at pictures from 1982, the crowds of people were much greater. And let’s not forget that Diana was induced and had the baby ten days before her due date. She wanted to avoid as much media as possible, she was only 20. Diana’s nephews from each of her siblings : George Mccorquodale (Sarah’s only son), Alexander Fellowes (Jane’s only son) and Louis Spencer (Earl Spencer’s eldest son).

  3. This is so lovely news. They are a beautiful family. Baby’s shawl is from G. H. Hurt & Sons. Not surprisingly, the shawl is in great demand.

  4. His name – Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!!

  5. All so lovely. Amazing woman to present herself so well, and so soon after the birth.
    “What HRH Baby Wore” – I saw somewhere his shawl is from G. H. Hurt & Son.

  6. I start to tear up every time I see that cover of the Scotsman…

  7. Great family, so lovely! Thanks for your amazing coverage and all the interesting stuff you share with us! :)

    Does anyone have a source with videos from Diana and Charles leaving the hospital with William?

  8. The best gift a baby can receive is to be born of 2 parents who love each other and want the child. This is obvious the case with William and Kate. They are off to an excellent beginning and if they follow through for the rest of their years, this and any other child they have will do very well.

  9. Hi,
    I noticed the same as Reader in Post 17: Seems to be the same blanket as of William. But the Telegraph wrote, that the australian governemnt gave a white blanket to Kate & William of the same kind it gave to Charles& Diana when William was born. So, maybe just an identical one? (If they actually used the present in both cases.)

  10. Just lovely! So thrilled for them.

    Any IDs on the baby swaddling blankets? Very curious about those, would love to know their source!

  11. Hurray! Even in my little hometown in Louisiana, they had a big billboard emblazoned, “It’s a Boy! The Prince of Cambridge has arrived!”. Truly, this child has sparked worldwide jubilation. It is so lovely to have something to celebrate.

    The Duchess looked exquisitely beautiful, poised, and perfect, just as we’ve come to expect. Of course, I’m grateful that we got to see the happy family, but I do mirror Elizamo’s thoughts: it’s a trifle sad that she has to manage this huge of a PR event immediately after giving birth. I hope she and William have some quality time with their infant before they have to face the public again… especially the Duchess!

    On a minor fashion note, Prince William’s belt was very interesting; it looked to me as if it had a tribal motif. Perhaps fatherhood is making him more fashionable? :)

  12. Wonderful photos.
    Though there’s an bittersweet feel to this happy occasion that Diana never saw her grandchild.

  13. What an adorable family. It’s so great to see them smiling and I love how much William was joking around, especially about the tardiness.

  14. I can only echo what everyone here is saying. Congratulations to the new parents! How inspiring to see their genuine love and happiness they share, and God’s great blessings on this lovely new baby and Royal heir. A beautiful family! And thank you for such a special tribute. You do a wonderful job.

  15. Beautiful photos. Kate looks stunning — the camera loves her.

    Congratulations to the Cambridge Family!

  16. What a beautiful family—and they seemed so happy and relaxed. I am so glad that they are trying to be as “normal” as they can under the circumstances (including Will wearing button down instead of a suit). Kate’s dress was lovely and the wedges were a smart choice, but I have to say that her hairdresser was apparently having an “off” day as the Duchess constantly had to readjust her hair while talking to the press, and it didnt seem to be holding its style.

  17. Thanks for the great coverage – I’ve seen pictures on here that weren’t on uk sites.

    In some ways it doesn’t seem all that long ago since Princess Diana stood on those steps – haven’t fashions changed! Kate looked lovely.

    So glad he’s here at long last, and Kate and William look so pleased. I just love the way William put his arm behind Kate – he always seems protective of her and that’s so nice to see.

  18. Mother and baby look safe and well and well and that’s all the appearance I care about. I salute the Duchess warmly for carrying the public appearance so well. What have we come to that we expect this of a woman so soon after giving birth. Congrats all round to the young family.

  19. what a beautiful post it made me cry. what an amazing day. I am so happy for them. prince William looks like such a beautiful father and im sure he is. I wish princess Diana was alive to witness this moment I know she would have been so proud. I miss her and I am sure William does today. I was so sad she wasn’t there but so happy and proud of her son and happy for kate. I am so lucky her and William found such happiness and joy and now have the full circle family. I cannot wait to find out what the baby’s name will be. what a blessed day. God bless them all!

  20. The baby was FAR from properly situated in that car seat. I think it may just be the first mistake the Duchess has ever made ;) Hope it brings some attention to the issue of carseat safety. Of course, I hear William was carried home on his mothers’s lap, so I guess there’s some progress there…

    Kate and William looked absolutely stunning. Very happy for them all!

    • Actually, those type of baby seats snap into a base already safely secured in the back seat. My grandchildren have both used them.

    • I agree. Here in Canada the carseats have two shoulder straps, a clip on the chest and a buckle between the legs. The baby cannot be swaddled in the seat. The nurse checks that the baby is properly strapped in before you are allowed to leave the hospital. Maybe the Canadian rules are more stringent.

    • Yes, I’ve seen a picture in the Royal Mail, a close up. He was properly strapped in, it’s not some strange British thing! Looked up the Britax car seat and it is like those in North America. His little hand moved in front of the one side strap in this photo. Newborns are so small. Easily fixed by Mom in the car.

    • ” I think it may just be the first mistake the Duchess has ever made”

      Hey now, we don’t know that. When I had my children, a nurse made sure they were buckled in properly before we even left the hospital. I am sure someone on staff signed off the way the baby was buckled in. And who is to say it wasn’t Will’s fault?

  21. am so happy for Kate & Will. finaly there is small prince :)

  22. What a lovely, warm post. Thank you!

    I was quite surprised to read that the website od the Duke and Duchess refers to her as Kate instead of Catherine. Is that a first?

  23. Lovely wrap up. Thank you.

  24. Oh, what a wonderful day. You are absolutely right- they couldn’t look happier! What a lovely, lovely TRIO! :) Thanks for your tireless work, Susan! What a great post and your live blogs have been superb!

    [One other note: I love that Kate didn't hide her body. She looked wonderfully appropriate and comfortable with herself- hopefully allowing other new mums to do the same! In the original news story by Clarence House (!), they mentioned she still had a small bump under her summer dress. I was aghast, and happy to see they quickly amended it, and removed the reference. Here's hoping that all the media-- including their own people-- give her space and time before body snarking.]

    Hip, hip hooray for the three of them. What a joy to follow this.

  25. This moment was so sweet to watch. I really think it’s wonderful that they gave themselves a few hours after he was born to enjoy him together before they “shared” him with the world. The little Prince was not too pleased with his car seat and I just love the picture of the new mommy comforting him in the back seat!

  26. Just gorgeous, all three of them! Welcome to the world Prince!

  27. The whole thing brought a tear to my eye. The 31 years since Diana carried baby William out of the same hospital has passed in the blink of an eye!

  28. Welcome to the world HRH Prince of Cambridge! We sure would like to see you one day! Lots of love from Top of the World Barrow, Alaska!

  29. It looks like the lacy knit blanket is the same one that William was wrapped in….awwww! That’s really sweet :)

  30. Such wonderful photos! Welcome to the world, little one.

    And on the fashion front, the dress was perfection. Soft and light, beautifully cut and well made. (much better than the bespoke Emilia wickstead pieces… I love Jennie packham!) the duchess looks amazing.

  31. There was also a brief moment when William move the family a bit to his left and Kate seemed unsure and he turned to her and said “stand next to me”. I thought it was sweet! He’s going to be even more protective of his wife and son now, what a great family!!!!! Welcome HRH the prince of Cambridge…. (I think they’ll go with John Michael Phillip Charles )…….

  32. Thank you for posting such beautiful photos! You always have the best and you always include the best little tidbits of info! I was wondering about the car seat, I noticed when watching a clip of when William was born they just held him in their arms in the backseat! I love that William drove himself, just like when they left their wedding! What a joyous moment for a beautiful family!

  33. I think Kate’s polka dots were quite clever. The coincidence has become its own little sensation in the media, and in so doing has ensured that Diana is again present in her own way.

  34. They both look radiant! What a happy day!

  35. For all the pomp and choreography of the day, William and Kate certainly seemed so relaxed! My heart just hurts, these pictures are so lovely. Thank you for the post as always! I can’t wait to hear his name!

  36. Beautiful, beautiful family. Welcome to the world little man.

  37. While fashion obviously isn’t the focus today, I must say that Kate is absolutely glowing in her Jenny Packham dress and couldn’t have chosen anything better for the occasion. Congratulations to the new parents!

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