Kate Middleton gave birth to a boy on Monday morning, and later that evening, the world got the first glimpse ever of the new royal baby. As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left St. Mary’s Hospital in London, photographers snapped a few quick pictures of the happy parents and Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s little brother.
In the photos, which can be seen below, Middleton cradles the infant, who’s swaddled in a crocheted white blanket and matching white hat. Meanwhile, the new mom herself dressed in a flowy red dress with a white lace collar. According to a tweet by InStyle, her fashion choice is reportedly in honor of St. George’s Day (the feast day of England’s patron saint), although it may also be in honor of Princess Diana, who wore a similar outfit when debuting Prince Harry to the world following his birth. For his part, Prince William opted for the very new-dad outfit of a navy blazer over a light blue button-up and dark slacks.
According to the Kensington Palace Twitter account, the royal couple is on their way back to Kensington Palace. “Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received,” read an earlier tweet. “They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.”
Earlier in the day, the Kensington Palace account announced the royal baby’s arrival with a detailed tweet. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs,” it read. “The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” According to a follow-up tweet, the entire royal family is “delighted with the news.”
As of Monday evening, the royal highnesses have not yet revealed the name of their child, but betting types are putting their money on Prince Arthur or Albert.