These past 27 hours have skulked by more slowly than an amateur croquet match on a scorching summer day in St. Helier. The dreadful anticipation over the first glimpse of Kate Middleton and Prince William's newborn baby — a boy, born Monday afternoon — has anchored such a weight to the public that we had no discernible choice but to glue our eyes to a livestream of the Lindo Wing door of St. Mary's Hospital in London, where the royal couple has been situated since yesterday. But finally, after hours of obsessive eye-drop application and neglect of all worldly responsibility, we got a look at the new prince.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged from the building shortly after 7 PM local time — the latter wearing a bespoke cornflower blue crêpe de chine dress from designer Jenny Packham (a possible homage to the late Princess Diana) — to share a glance at their son and some expressions of cheer. "He's got way more hair than me, and Kate's looks... thank God!" Prince William joked with the hordes of reporters gathered about the hospital doorstep, adding, "He's quite heavy."
After showing off the yet unnamed baby ("We're still working on a name. We'll have that as soon as we can," William said), the new parents retreated back into the hospital to load their son into a car seat before taking off (with William behind the wheel) to start their life anew. "You guys can all go back to normal now," William said, "and we can look after him."