Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a private visit to Prince William and his wife, Kate, yesterday to meet their newborn son, her great-grandson who may one day inherit the throne.
The 87-year-old spent just over half an hour at Kensington Palace in London where the still unnamed infant, the third in line to the throne, was spending his first day after leaving hospital.
The queen had said on Tuesday she was “thrilled” about the latest addition to the family.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed the new prince to the world on Tuesday when they left St Mary’s Hospital in London to huge cheers.
Wearing a cornflower-blue polka-dot dress, a beaming Kate, 31, said the couple were “very emotional” following the birth of their first child on Monday.
William, also 31, said they were still choosing a name for the child dubbed Baby Cambridge and revealed he had already changed his first diapers.
The baby behaved impeccably, raising a tiny hand above his white blankets — his first royal wave of a lifetime that will be spent in the public eye.
William’s father, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, and Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, visited the hospital on Tuesday to meet their new grandson.
Yesterday’s meeting was the first between the queen and her new heir, and she became the first British monarch to meet a third-generation direct heir since queen Victoria a century ago.
The monarch, wearing a turquoise floral outfit, made the visit without her husband, Prince Philip, 92, who is convalescing following exploratory surgery on his abdomen last month.
Outside the hospital, the baby had remained peaceful, seemingly oblivious to the deafening cheers from well-wishers and shouts from journalists who had camped for three weeks outside the hospital.
“It’s a special time,” Kate said. “I think any new parent would know what this feeling feels like.”
Wearing jeans and a casual blue shirt, William told reporters: “He’s got her looks, thankfully,” as his wife laughed and interjected, “No, no, no, I’m not sure about that.”
Their son was born weighing a healthy 3.8kg and William described him as “a big boy, he’s quite heavy.”
“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” William said.
“We are still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can,” William said.
The first public appearance by the new family caused a storm on social media, with Twitter counting more than 18,000 tweets a minute — a testament to the global fascination with the couple since their fairytale wedding in 2011.
Chinese fortune tellers predicted the baby will grow up to be determined, but introverted — and a big hit with the ladies. The child is born in the Chinese Year of the Snake, but is under the sign of Cancer in the Western Zodiac.