William and Kate head home with new royal heir

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 2:36 PM

LONDON (AP) — Prince William, his wife Kate and their new baby boy have left a London hospital.

The royal couple appeared happy and relaxed as they emerged from the hospital with the prince who is third in line to the British throne. It was the public's first glimpse of the boy who was born yesterday.

Kate told reporters, "It's very emotional. It's such a special time." She said, "I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like."

She then gave the baby to her husband, who said, "He's got her looks, thankfully." He added, "He's a big boy. He's quite heavy." And when he was asked about the baby's hair, he said, "He's got way more than me, thank God."

William said he and his wife are still deciding what to name the baby.

They then re-entered the hospital to place the child in a car seat before re-emerging to get into an SUV. William then drove them away. Palace officials said they were headed to an apartment in Kensington Palace.

Today's much-anticipated appearance outside the hospital recalls a similar event three decades ago. Princess Diana and Prince Charles carried the newborn William out to pose for photographs on the same steps in 1982.

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APPHOTO LMD114: Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge react, as they talk to the media whilst holding the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, after posing for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London's Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (23 Jul 2013)

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