Following the announcement of the baby prince’s birth on Monday, 23 April 2018, the media and well-wishers waited with great anticipation for the Duke and Duchess to appear with their new son.
Then Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing around 4.00 pm and told reporters he would be ‘back in a minute’.
Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.
They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.Kensington Palace, 23 April 2018
A short time later, the crowd cheers as Prince William returns with Prince George, dressed in his Thomas’s Battersea school uniform, and Princess Charlotte, wearing a blue floral dress, gave a little wave before going inside, so the children meet their little brother in private.
Meanwhile, a black cab passes with the Queen sitting upright in the back, peering through the window, but it turns out to be a waxwork.
Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Cambridge would be leaving St Mary’s Hospital later that evening before she and Prince William travel home to Kensington Palace with their newborn son.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte had already returned home after leaving the hospital through another entrance.
The statement added:
‘Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.
‘They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.’
Kate eventually emerged from the hospital wearing a red Jenny Packham dress with a white collar carrying her newborn son bundled in a white blanket whilst wearing a white knitted bonnet.
A tiny hand emerges from the blanket. Was the little prince attempting his first wave?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waved as they introduced their third child.
More loud cheers as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reemerge from the hospital a second time to go home, with the little prince strapped in his capsule.
Britain’s Channel 5’s Simon Vigar said he asked Prince William whether they have decided on a name yet, so the decision could come sooner than expected.
However, the royal couple had to wait until a couple of ambulances passed before they were on their way home, with a police escort, which is a short drive from St Mary’s Hospital.
The following day, the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out at 1.00 pm to mark this special event.