Not even two days after she gave birth, Kate Middleton, Prince William and His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge are homeward bound.
Monday saw Middleton give birth to the as-yet-unnamed heir to the throne. Tuesday saw the proud parents pose for the first Royal Baby photos.
Wednesday, they're home. Simple as that.
Reporters and fans cheered loudly as William, 31, emerged out of the large double doors of St. Mary's Hospital with a Britax car seat in hand last night.
The good-natured prince hopped around the back of a waiting black Range Rover, securing his precious cargo in the back behind the driver's seat.
Kate Middleton slid into the back next to her son.
After giving waiting spectators one last wave, an excited Will mock-wiped sweat off his forehead, ducked into the driver's seat and drove off.
"Most of their time in the hospital was spent getting to know the baby," a palace aide says, adding that it will take "a little bit of downtime to get to know him."
Kate and William first introduced their 8 lb., 6 oz. bundle of joy to the world earlier on Tuesday, cradling the baby outside the hospital's Lindo Wing.
"I'll remind him of his tardiness when he's older," William joked of his son's birth, which took place well after Middleton's reported mid-July due date.
Not that their little prince's belated arrival was all bad. If anything, Middleton revealed, the delay just gave William more time to prepare for parenthood.
"He's done the first nappy already, he's very good," Kate, 31, said. "[It's a] very emotional, such a special time. I think every parent knows how this feels."
Congratulations again to the happy family!