Even though the media is continuing the Great Kate Wait, camping outside the hospital to catch the first glimpse of the Duke, Duchess and baby, the royal couple has given folks a little something to snack on until their inevitable photo op: a press release. After receiving around-the-clock care at St Mary's Hospital, Kate and Will decided to show their gratitude to the staff in the Lindo Wing.
Clarence House released this statement from the new parents today:
"We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone -- staff, patients and visitors -- for their understanding during this time."
According to Kensington Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton aren't expected to leave the hospital before 6:00 pm London time at the earliest (some say we may have to wait until tomorrow). After that, the "wait" will continue, with the world holding its breath until the baby boy's name is announced.
Until then, we're glad to hear that the couple is doing well. Stay tuned and click over to our liveblog for updates.
We can't wait to see the beautiful baby boy!
07/24/2013 1:57 PM EDT
Behind The Royal Baby Name: George Alexander Louis Is Kate And Will's Choice
Speculation over the royal couple's choice of name has run wild in the time since the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy was announced, with Brits betting on front-runners with and without strong historical precedents.
07/24/2013 1:55 PM EDT
Will Kate Middleton Ever Escape Princess Diana's Shadow?
By choosing a polka-dotted dress for her hospital departure, Kate has inadvertently opened the flood gates to another wave of comparison to a woman she has never even met.
07/24/2013 1:54 PM EDT
Las Vegas Invites The Royal Baby To Visit... In 21 Years
Sin City has officially extended an offer for the royal baby to visit once he's of age. Do you think baby George's uncle, Prince Harry, will come along?
07/24/2013 1:23 PM EDT
The Royal Baby's Name Is...
07/24/2013 12:06 PM EDT
Queen Elizabeth Is Glad Her Great Grandson Doesn't Have His Dad's Ears
Your sex life will never be the same. In my day. What, not breast-feeding?
From diet tips to "little baby, little problems," sleep-deprived and super-stressed new parents have heard it all. And they want you to stop it.
As Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, move along on their parenting journey, it seems even the queen has had a what-not-to-say moment. According to a special edition of Us magazine on raising royals, she exclaimed soon after William's birth: "Thank goodness he hasn't ears like his father!"
07/24/2013 12:05 PM EDT
Will Kate's Mom Help Keep The Baby Real?
All of a sudden, there's a lot more interest in Carole Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's 58-year-old mom and the only biological grandmother of the littlest future king of England.
With Kate and her mom extremely close, and the new parents both eager to live somewhat of a normal life, you can be sure Grannie Middleton will want to be very hands-on in her new royal role. Here's what you need to know about Carole.
07/24/2013 10:15 AM EDT
12 Reasons Prince Harry Is Totally The 'Cool' Uncle
...as told by GIFs. See them here.
07/24/2013 7:18 AM EDT
The Queen Visits Her New Great Grandson
07/23/2013 4:57 PM EDT
The Nursery Isn't Quite Ready Yet
The Telegraph reports that the couple hasn't yet finished decorating a nursery because they are waiting for the completion of their new apartment within Kensington Palace. According to E! Online, this 20-room space, also known as Apartment 1A, will be ready for the growing family in August. Prior to the renovations, this vacant area was serving as an office and storage space.
07/23/2013 4:43 PM EDT
What Is The Royal Baby's Official Title?
The royal baby is here! Now that we've seen him and his parents have said some sweet words about the birth, we're left wondering... what is his official title?
Until Will and Kate choose a first name, the royal baby will officially be titled as "HRH Prince of Cambridge." It makes sense, given that his father is titled "Prince William, Duke of Cambridge" and Kate is titled "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge." In fact, the royal baby's title will be the first time "Prince of Cambridge" has been used in 194 years! Find out more about his royal title here.
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