Duchess Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, arrived at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday morning to see their grandchild for the first time. The couple is expected to have a fairly large role in raising the new heir, as watchers are predicting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will rely more heavily on help from their family than from nannies.

Carole and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at St. Mary’s Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Outside of the hospital, Carole Middleton told reporters “[the baby] is absolutely beautiful,” and that the first cuddle was “amazing.” Asked if they have suggested a name, Middleton said “absolutely not.”


Will and Kate are expected to return to Kensington Palace later Tuesday afternoon. Although they have not commented publicly on their new baby boy, they did issue a statement thanking the hospital staff.

We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time.


Carole Middleton, centre right, the mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, meets Jonathan Ramsey, head of the Lindo Wing, as she arrives at St. Mary’s Hospital (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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