At long last, the royal baby has arrived. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday, weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz., with Prince William at her side, but what will happen now?
In keeping with tradition, as the new parents leave St Mary's Hospital, Catherine and William are expected to appear on the steps of the building with the newborn, as Princess Diana did with Princes William and Harry.
Given that Catherine appears to have had a relatively normal delivery, this could happen as early as 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The prince is expected to address well-wishers and media gathered outside the hospital early in the day.
Catherine's mother and father, Carole and Michael Middleton, may also make a statement.
The royal baby name game has been going on since Catherine's pregnancy was announced in December and speculation has reached fever pitch. The earliest an announcement is expected is when the new family leaves St. Mary's hospital.
Prince William's name was announced a few days after his birth, while his brother Harry's was unveiled upon departure from the hospital.
Many expect Catherine and William to choose a traditional name, with George, James, Alexander, Louis and Henry, the favorites, according to British bookmakers Ladbrokes. Spencer, the maiden name of William's late mother, Princess Diana, is also a contender.
A multi-gun salute marked the birth in style on Tuesday morning. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery released 41 rounds in London's Green Park, while the Honorable Artillery Company at the Tower of London sounded 62 rounds.
London landmarks have also been lit up in style celebrating the new prince. Soon after the birth, Hungerford Bridge, which crosses the Thames, was lit up in blue and the London Eye was decked out in red, white and blue.
A message announcing "It's a boy" was also displayed around the top of the CN Tower, while the water in the fountain in Trafalgar Square was dyed blue in celebration of the birth.
The next stop for the new family may be the Queen's estate at Sandringham in Norfolk, Balmoral in Scotland, or the Middletons' home village of Bucklebury, in Berkshire, but exactly where the baby will spend its first weeks is being kept a closely guarded secret.
Eventually, the new family will live at Kensington Palace, where a new apartment is being refitted for them.
Catherine and William are said to be set on giving their baby as normal an upbringing as possible, and are reportedly not planning to employ a nanny. There's already speculation on what the baby's first word will be and what university the boy will attend, with St. Andrews University in Scotland, where William and Catherine first met, the odds-on favorite.
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