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Prince William carries the Prince of Cambridge to the car as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London.

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Prince William carries the Prince of Cambridge to the car as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London.

LONDON -- A beaming Prince William and his wife, Kate, emerged from a London hospital on Tuesday with their newborn 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 said.

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 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 headed to an apartment in Kensington Palace and were to spend the night there.

The young family's first public appearance together was the moment the world's media and crowds of onlookers camped outside the hospital had long been waiting for, and the photographs snapped Tuesday 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.

Katie Allan, 26, was elated to witness the 2013 edition. "William gave us a wave as they drove away so it was perfect. Days like this really bring the country together," she said.

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 Associated Press

 

What will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call their newborn son? Join the conversation in the comments below.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2013 A5

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Updated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:28 AM CDT: Replaces photo, adds question for discussion

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