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Little Prince of Cambridge Makes His Royal Debut

July 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
It’s the moment the world has been waiting for: a first glance at the newest member of the British royal family. The Prince of Cambridge and his proud parents were greeted by fans and the media outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Tim Ewart of Independent Television News reports.
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 JUDY WOODRUFF: And to the first look at Britain’s new prince.

Tim Ewart of Independent Television News reports.

TIM EWART: Prince William had been presented on these same steps by his mother, Diana, princess of Wales. Today, 31 years on, there was a new prince and again the most eagerly awaited photograph in the world.

He was barely 24 hours old and yet to be given a name. But the Prince of Cambridge, third in line to the throne, was already commanding center stage. And his parents were happy to tell us all about him.

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES, United Kingdom, Duke of Cambridge: Well, he has got a good pair of lungs on him. That’s for sure. He’s a big boy. He is quite heavy.

But we’re still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can. But it’s the first time we have seen him, really, so we’re having a proper chance to catch up.

QUESTION: How does it feel to be parents finally? For you both, put it into a few words for us.

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: Very emotional.

KATE MIDDLETON, Duchess of Cambridge: Yes, it’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent I think probably could have known what this feeling feels like.

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: It’s very special.

QUESTION: How was the time between the birth time and when it was announced? That was time for you, I assume?

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: It was. And I will remind him of his tardiness when he is a bit older, because I know how long you have all have sat out here, so hopefully the hospital and you guys can all go back to normal now and we can look after him. So…

QUESTION: Who does he look like? Does he look like you or Catherine?

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: He has got her looks thankfully.

KATE MIDDLETON: No, no, no.

QUESTION: Have you called him George?

 PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: Wait and see, Peter. Wait and see.

QUESTION: Have you changed your first nappy?

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: Oh, we have done that already.

KATE MIDDLETON: Oh yes, we’ve changed the first nappy.

QUESTION: Who changed the first one?

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: Good.

QUESTION: … How much hair?

PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES: He’s got way more than me, thank God.

Thanks a lot, thank you.

REPORTER: Congratulations, yes.

TIM EWART: Earlier, the grandparents came to visit, first Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate’s parents. They were the first to tell the world about the new baby.

CAROLE MIDDLETON, mother of Kate Middleton: He is absolutely beautiful. They’re both doing really well, and we’re so thrilled.

QUESTION: How are the parents doing?

CAROLE MIDDLETON: Fabulously.

CAROLE MIDDLETON: Amazing. It’s all coming back.

CAROLE MIDDLETON: Absolutely not.

Thank you.

TIM EWART: And then the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It’s the first time since the 1890s that there have been three living direct heirs to the throne. Today, they were in the same room.

All new parents face the challenge of the car seat, but most don’t have to get it secured in front of a live global television audience. William and Kate managed it well. And then, with the new baby in the back and the new father behind the wheel, they set off to start their new life.