The duchess arrived at the hospital early in the morning on July 22 through a secret entrance. She gave birth to the 8-pound, 6-ounce baby at 4:24 p.m that day, more than a week after his rumored due date.
"I'll remind him of his tardiness when he's a bit older," Prince William joked to the press waiting outside the hospital. Kate stood beside Will holding her newborn son while wearing a bespoke blue dress by British designer, Jenny Packham.
Earlier this morning, it was reported that the duchess' hairdresser had slipped into the hospital, sparking rumors that she would be departing today. Kensington Palace also confirmed that the royal couple wouldn't be leaving until 6:00 pm local time at the earliest. During the brief hospital stay, Carole and Michael Middleton as well as Prince Charles and Camilla paid the new parents a visit.
Baby Cambridge's grandfather, Prince Charles, told the press he and wife Camilla were "overjoyed" at the news of a healthy birth, and dignitaries around the world (including President Obama) have sent their congratulations.
Prince William, Kate and the baby are said to be headed back to Kensington Palace.
See more photos from the big day:
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.