ROYAL BABY: Kate's Parents Visit Royal Baby

ROYAL BABY: Kate's Parents Visit Royal Baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have received their first visitors after the birth of their son - the duchess's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

ROYAL BABY: Kate's Parents Visit Royal Baby

The couple earlier thanked hospital staff for their "tremendous" care. It is understood the family will leave hospital on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday morning.

Gun salutes in Green Park and the Tower of London and the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey have marked the birth of the third in line to the throne.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park at 14:00 BST, after riding past Buckingham Palace.

At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company - the City of London's army reserve regiment - fired a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.

Meanwhile, the church bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April 2011, rung for three hours.

The Middletons arrived at private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in Paddington, west London, by taxi shortly after 15:00 BST.

They were greeted by its lead clinician, Jonathan Ramsay, and paused briefly on the steps for the mass of photographers gathered outside before going inside.

Prince William was at the hospital for the birth at 16:24 BST on Monday, and stayed with his wife and son overnight.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Mother, son and father are all doing well."

The couple said, "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.

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