The new baby prince and his proud parents
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Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge today as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London.

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LONDON — A beaming Prince William and his wife, Kate, emerged from a London hospital on Tuesday with their newborn baby boy, presenting the world with a first glimpse of the prince who is third in line to the British throne.

The royal couple, both 31, looked happy and relaxed as they waved at the crowds of journalists and onlookers gathered outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, posing for photographs and joking with reporters.

Kate, wearing a baby blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress, smiled and waved as she stepped out from the hospital doors with the future monarch in her arms.

“It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like,” she told journalists.

Kate then gave the baby to her husband, who, cradling their child, said:

“He’s got her looks, thankfully. He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure.”

William added: “He’s a big boy. He’s quite heavy,” and laughed when a reporter asked him about the baby’s hair.

“He’s got way more than me, thank God,” he said.

The couple also revealed that William has had a go at changing the infant’s first diaper.

“He’s very good at it,” Kate said.

The new parents drew whoops and excited applause from well-wishers as they revealed the newest member of Britain’s royal family. William said they’re still trying to decide what to name the little prince.

The couple re-entered the hospital to place the child in a car seat before re-emerging to get into an SUV. William drove them away — palace officials said they will head to an apartment in Kensington Palace and spend the night there.

The young family’s first public appearance together has been the moment that the world’s media and crowds of onlookers camped outside the hospital had long been waiting for, and the photographs snapped are likely to be reprinted for decades as the baby grows into adulthood and his role as a future king.

The appearance recalls a similar one three decades ago, when Princess Diana and Prince Charles carried a newborn William out to pose for photographs on the same steps in 1982.

Earlier, William’s father, Charles, and his wife, Camilla, as well as Michael and Carole Middleton — Kate’s parents — visited the young family at the hospital.

Charles called the baby “marvelous,” while a beaming Carole Middleton described the infant as “absolutely beautiful.”

It was not immediately clear when Queen Elizabeth II would meet the newborn heir.

The couple’s Kensington Palace office said Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy at 4:24 p.m. London time Monday.

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