LONDON — Prince William and his wife Kate presented their newborn son to the world for the first time Tuesday, drawing whoops and wild applause from well-wishers as they revealed the new face of the British monarchy — though not, yet, his name.
“We’re still working on a name. So we’ll have that as soon as we can,” William told scores of reporters gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital as he cradled the child.
The young family’s debut public appearance was the moment the world’s media had been waiting for, but the royal couple showed no sign of stress in the face of dozens of flashing cameras. Instead the couple, both 31, laughed and joked with reporters as they took turns holding their baby son, who appeared to doze through it all.
“He’s got her looks, thankfully,” William said, referring to his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, as the newborn prince squirmed in his arms and poked a tiny hand out of his swaddling blanket, almost like a little royal wave.
“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” William added with a grin. “He’s a big boy. He’s quite heavy.”
The infant is third in line to become monarch one day, after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and William.
But for now, the media and the public were focused on getting all the details of new parenthood they could from the couple: How they feel, what the baby looks like, and even who changed the diapers.
Kate, wearing a simple baby blue dress, said William had already had a go at changing the first one.
“He’s very good at it,” she said.
Asked how she felt, she said: “It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.”