The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the night with their son as the world waits to catch a glimpse of the future king.
Showing the new third-in-line to the throne to the world on Tuesday night, the couple described becoming parents as “such a special time”.
The Duke revealed naming the prince was now a priority as he told the press: “We’re still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.”
Bookmakers William Hill have backed George as the favourite at 2/1, while James is 4/1 and Alexander is 9/1.
William and Kate, looking relaxed and happy, brought their baby out into the public gaze and joked about their newborn being a “big boy”.
On the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London the Cambridges posed for the press and waved and smiled at the cheering well-wishers who had gathered to witness the special event.
The baby prince was the star attraction and appeared oblivious to the flashguns of the world’s press photographers going off, but did seem to be partially awake during his first public appearance, as his hand poked over the white shawl he was wrapped in.
The Duchess, who still had a little bump under her bespoke Jenny Packham summer dress, held her son first before handing him to the Duke who was casually dressed in dark trousers and a pale blue shirt with his sleeves rolled up.
The Royal couple gave an impromptu and good-humoured press conference telling reporters about how their lives had changed.
Asked how he felt, William said: “Very emotional,” and the Duchess agreed: “It’s very emotional and such a special time and I think any parent will probably know what this feeling feels like.”