The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Kate’s parents hours after the Queen meets her great grandson for the first time.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have travelled with their new baby to Bucklebury to spend time with Kate’s parents after a hectic day of Royal visitors.
The couple, who were driven from Kensington Palace in a black Range Rover, set off shortly after the Queen met her great grandson for the first time.
The as-yet-unnamed baby, who was born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, London, on Monday, also met his uncle, Prince Harry.
The Duke and Duchess smiled and waved at well-wishers as they set off on the 50-mile trip to Berkshire.
Kate sat in the back of the car alongside her two-day-old son while William, who drove his wife and baby home from hospital on Tuesday, sat in the front passenger seat.
The couple have not announced how long they plan to stay with Michael and Carole Middleton, although it is thought Kate may spend several weeks with her parents when William returns to work after his paternity leave.
It is possible they may have told the Queen what they intend to call their son during her visit to Kensington Palace, bringing the world a step closer to finding out the baby’s name.
Speaking on Monday, the Queen said she was “thrilled” by the arrival of the future king, who is third in line to the throne.
Sky’s Royal Correspondent Paul Harrison said meeting the baby would have been a “very special moment” and an “extremely emotional time” for her.
“We knew the Queen was keen to finally get to meet her great grandson but it was important for her, and certainly for William and Kate, for the baby to stay out of the public gaze for the time being,” he said.
“After that huge photocall outside the Lindo Wing on Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess want to spend time getting used to becoming a mum and dad and getting the baby settled.”
The Queen arrived without the Duke of Edinburgh, who continues to recover at Windsor Castle after exploratory abdominal surgery.
She made the short journey from Buckingham Palace, where she has been staying before leaving for Balmoral for her traditional Scottish summer break, in a dark green Bentley.
Historically, she would have had to approve the name of any Royal baby and although that is no longer the case, the Duke and Duchess are still likely to reveal their son’s name to her before announcing it publicly.
The Queen and Prince Harry’s visits came during a busy three days for the Duke and Duchess, who was admitted to hospital at around 6am on Monday.
While the world waited for its first glimpse of the Royal baby, William and Kate took delivery of numerous important items – from takeaway pizzas on Monday evening to their baby’s car seat the following day.
Kate’s parents were the first to be introduced to the newborn on Tuesday, followed later that day by William’s father Prince Charles, who was accompanied by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
When the couple finally emerged shortly after 7pm, they took turns to cradle their baby as they posed for pictures on the steps of the Lindo Wing.
The Duke told reporters: “He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy, he’s quite heavy.”
“It’s very emotional, it’s such a special time,” the Duchess added. “I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.”
After the excitement of the Royal baby’s first public appearance, a spokesman for Kensington Palace said William and Kate were now focused solely on caring for their firstborn.
“This is now a private and quiet time for them to get to know their son,” the spokesman said.Tags: Carole Middleton, Hospitals, Kate Middleton, kensington Palace, Prince Harry., prince william, Royal Baby, ST Mary's Hospital