IT was a long, long wait for the camera crews and photographers camped outside St Mary’s Hospital in London.
But for them it was worth the wait.
When the doors to the Lindo Wing opened just after 7.15pm, Baby Cambridge was brought out into the world to the sound of a battery of flash guns.
Just over 24 hours earlier at 4.42 pm, the future king was born, tipping the scales at 8lbs 6oz.
Here was his first taste of the summer air and the waiting media who will follow his every move for the rest of his life.
Held first in the arms of mum Kate, Baby Cambridge was gently handed over to his helicopter pilot dad William.
For Royal watchers it was a moment in history: a future king of England holding a future king of England.
Asked how his son was doing, Prince William said: “He has a big set of lungs on him.”
And asked who he looked must like, he added: “He has his mum’s good looks!”
After a few more photographs, the proud parents went back into the hospital before re-emerging with their new son in a car seat.
Dad William safely secured him in the back seat mum before he hopped into the driver’s seat of a Range Rover and drove off to spend their first night at home as a family in Kensington Palace.
In Northern Ireland, parties are already being planned for the new Royal.
The new parents are Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus.
And in the Co Antrim town, plans are already afoot to host street parties this weekend to usher in the new royal and future king.
Mayor of Carrickfergus Billy Ashe: “I would love to see a whole week of celebrations.
“We know that the community sector are planning a few street parties.
“We would love to have the royals come to Carrickfergus to show off the newborn baby.”
No name has yet been announced for the baby, but it could be expected within the next 24 hours.
Earlier in the day, Kate Middleton’s parents paid a visit.
After an hour and half with their grandson, daughter and son-in-law, proud grandmother Carole Middleton said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby was “absolutely beautiful”.
She added: “They’re both doing really well – we’re so thrilled.”
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were next to visit on Tuesday afternoon.
As he got out of his car, Charles joked with the press, asking: “Have you had a long wait?”
When leaving, he described his new grandson as “marvellous”.