Queen Elizabeth has had her first visit with the latest member of the Royal Family — the baby boy born Monday to her grandson Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The Queen, 87, arrived at Kensington Palace on Wednesday morning, a day after her great-grandson made his debut to the world, when his mother and father emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in London to throngs of well-wishers and media.
Prince Harry, William's brother, also reportedly dropped in Wednesday morning to see his nephew for the first time.
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Afterward, William and Kate took the baby to visit her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton in the village of Bucklebury, west of London.
William is taking two weeks' paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, and palace officials said he and Kate would now spend "private and quiet time for them to get to know their son."
The Queen made the short journey from Buckingham Palace to Kensington in a dark green Bentley. CBC's Ann MacMillan reported from London that the Queen spent about 40 minutes with her third great-grandchild, who is third in line to the British throne behind Prince Charles and his son William. Prince Harry is fourth.
She visited without her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who continues to recover from abdominal surgery. The Queen is also expected to leave for Balmoral in Scotland on Friday for her traditional summer break
Although there was no early word on how the Queen's visit went, she was said to be "thrilled" at the baby's arrival, and described him as a "big boy." He was born at 4:24 p.m. local time (11:24 p.m. ET) Monday, weighing eight pounds, six ounces.
The royal couple, both 31, and their newborn left the hospital Tuesday evening, about 27 hours after the birth, and settled in at Kensington to spend their first night following the birth at home.
The name of William and Kate's baby has yet to be announced. But he will carry the title "His Royal Highness Prince (insert name) of Cambridge.
Under British law, all births must be registered within 42 days, MacMillan noted.
"So worst-case scenario, it could be late August before we know the name, but given the huge worldwide interest in this baby, I think it's safe to say that he should be named in the next few days, maybe even today," she says.
Bonnie Brownlee, the CBC's royals commentator, said William and Kate likely presented some names to the Queen during Wednesday's visit, and "we may get a name today, maybe tomorrow."
Images of the prince, his little hand peeking above a white crocheted wrap, blanketed the front pages of newspapers Wednesday.
The Daily Mail offered a photo album image with the headline "Baby's First Royal Wave."
Kate was the first to emerge from the doors of the hospital's Lindo Wing carrying the baby, and after she handed him to William, the couple fielded a flurry of questions from reporters.
The prince slept through his public debut, though William assured the media he had "a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure."
Smiling and waving to the crowd, the couple expressed their happiness over their first-born.
"It's very emotional, it's such a special time," Kate said. "I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like."
William added, "It's very special."
Tributes to Diana
After emerging from St. Mary's Lindo Wing following her discharge Tuesday evening, Kate was wearing a baby blue, polka-dot dress, reminiscent of the seafoam green polka-dot dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, when she gave the first public viewing of William after leaving hospital.
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Brownlee said while Diana wasn't alive to see the new baby, William and Kate have been "very symbolic in the ways they showed gestures toward Diana."
"The only thing she [Kate] did was make the dress a little smaller because as we know, Diana hated that dress, which was like wearing a tent."
Following the birth of the new prince, Kate and William received a handful of visitors at the hospital. They included his father, Prince Charles, and the Prince of Wales's wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The first hospital visitors were Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
Kate's sister Pippa Middleton reportedly met her new nephew at Kensington Palace on Tuesday evening.
With files from The Associated Press
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