The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have introduced their daughter to the world, as they left hospital to take her home to Kensington Palace. The princess, whose name has yet to be announced, slept in her mother’s arms during her first public appearance outside St Mary’s Hospital, in London. She is the first princess to be born into the British monarchy in 25 years. The last was Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie in 1990.
The couple rose up out of the healing facility to hordes of well-wishers and the world’s media. They remained on the steps quickly before heading over into the healing center to put the princess in an auto seat. Sovereign William then drove them to Kensington Palace. They didn’t address the media. The duchess had been in clinic for a little more than 12 hours prior to taking off. The child was conceived under three hours after the couple landed at the Lindo Wing, at St Mary’s Hospital.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed VIP visitors – including the Middletons, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall – to Kensington Palace on Sunday.
Royal gun salutes are being fired across London on Monday to mark the princess’s birth, with deafening volleys ringing out across the capital from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
The Duke and Duchess are expected to drive to Norfolk with their two children, where they will take the new baby to meet Her Majesty. Whether or not they wait until they have met the Queen before announcing the name is a matter of debate: there is no reason in terms of protocol, but they might decide it is good form to do so.
Princess Charlotte has a certain ring to it. Or how about Princess Alice? Charlotte and Alice remain the bookies’ favourites, but many punters believe Diana will feature as one of the royal baby’s names in tribute to Prince William’s late mother.