Royal protocol dictates the newest monarch’s arrival was marked by uniformed members of the royal artillery companies, who fired 41 blanks from six field guns in Green Park, not far from Buckingham Palace.
So what else is in store over the first days of the little Prince’s life?
By the end of Tuesday night, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor skipped a visit to the Queen at Buckingham Palace and headed home to Kensington Palace to rest up.
It may be a while before the newborn gets to live in Buckingham Palace since he’s now third in line to the throne, following his grandfather, Prince Charles and dad, Prince William. But that does mean the little guy is already making history! Three kings simultaneously in succession has not happened in the United Kingdom for well over a century.
It was then off to spend more time with his mom’s side of the family at the Middleton’s home in Bucklebury, a town just outside London.
From there, William and Kate will get him settled in again at their luxurious digs, the recently renovated Kensington Palace.
Luckily, William, a helicopter search and rescue pilot for the Ministry of Defense, will have two weeks of paternity leave, so he will have a bit of time to bond with his boy.
During these weeks, it’s also expected that the couple will finally decide what they should call their son.
“We’re still working on a name so we’ll have that as soon as we can,” William told well-wishers outside of St. Mary’s Hospital on July 23.
Some popular guesses include Alexander, Louis and Henry. Whatever it will be, protocol dictates that the couple is almost certain to choose a name that has been passed down in the Royal Family for generations.
Despite all the protocol, pomp and circumstance surrounding the newborn’s arrival, behind the scenes William and Kate are experiencing some very special firsts as a family.
“[This is a] very emotional, such a special time,” says Kate. “I think every parent knows how this feels.”