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Prince William, Kate Introduce New Prince

Britain’s William, Kate Introduce Royal Baby to Worldi
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July 24, 2013 11:33 PM
Britain has a new royal baby. William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, presented their baby boy - as yet unnamed - to the world’s media Tuesday. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

Britain’s William, Kate Introduce Royal Baby to World

Henry Ridgwell
Britain has a new royal baby. William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, presented their baby boy - as yet unnamed - to the world’s media Tuesday.
 
Just a day after his arrival in the world, Britain’s third in line to throne entered the global spotlight in the arms of his mother Kate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stood on the hospital steps, the proud parents of a boy.  Unfazed by the attention of the world’s media, William and Kate brought him over to waiting reporters.

“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy, quite heavy. But we’re still working on a name so we’ll have that as soon as we can... it’s the first time we’ve seen him really so we’re having a proper chance to catch up," said the prince. 
 
“It’s very emotional, it’s such a special time, any parent will I think know what this feeling feels like, added the new mother. 

Moments later a royal car appeared. William, already getting used to the practicalities of fatherhood, fitted the car seat before driving his new family home.

  • Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate hold the Prince of Cambridge, July 23, 2013, outside the exclusive Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London where the Duchess gave birth.
  • Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge, July 23, 2013, outside St. Mary's Hospital in London.
  • Britain's Prince William carries his new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, into public view for the first time, outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, July 23, 2013.
  • Prince Charles and his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at St. Mary's Hospital in London where Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday July 22.
  • A Mothercare store displays a poster congratulating Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their baby boy, on Oxford Street, central London, July 23, 2013. 
  • A man buys a newspaper displaying the news of the royal birth by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, central London, July 23, 2013.
  • Michael and Carole Middleton arrive at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital the day after their daughter, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy, London, July 23, 2013. 
  • An impromptu picnic as supporters await the departure of Britain's Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Cambridge, outside the entrance of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, July 23, 2013.
  • Models of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their newborn baby, are seen on sale in a Mothercare store, central London, July 23, 2013. 
  • The British Telecom tower displays "it's a boy" to mark the birth of a baby boy for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, London July 23, 2013. 
  • The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-Gun Royal Salute to mark the birth of the royal baby, in Green Park, central London, July 23, 2013. 

The celebrations had already begun across Britain. 
 
The bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married in 2011, rang out for 3 hours across the capital.
 
Earlier, crowds had gathered at Buckingham Palace as the Guardsmen played ‘Congratulations’.
 
Thirty one years ago, William was born at the same London hospital. The echoes of history are a comfort for William after the pain of losing his mother, says royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. “William is a very proud father to have his son born at the same hospital he was. Regarding the future he’s absolutely determined that Kate will face certain pressures in a balanced way, that’s the way it’s been handled so far and it’s been done excellently," he said.
 
Kensington Palace, William’s childhood home, will be the new base for the royal baby. $1.5 million has been spent renovating one of the apartments. It has twenty-one rooms, including a drawing room, staff quarters and a nursery fit for a future king.
 
Despite agreements from the British media to respect the family’s privacy, the baby’s upbringing will be far from normal, says royal author Phil Dampier.
 
“Even if you managed to avoid the paparazzi and went for a walk in the park, there’s always likely to be a member of the public you’re going to bump into who wants to take a picture. So it’s going to be extremely difficult to get any privacy. Fortunately you’ve got the Royal residences. And then of course Kate’s got her family home with her parents in Berkshire," he said.
 
And the Middleton family home is where William and Kate are likely to take their son in the coming days, away from the media glare and with the extra care of his grandparents. 
 
An overjoyed mother and father getting to know their baby; as a nation celebrates the arrival of its future king. 

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