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Royal Baby Flashback: Watch Prince William's 1982 Debut at St. Mary's Hospital

Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince William Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

On July 23, 2013, Prince William and Kate Middleton introduced their baby boy on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital.

But back in 1982 on those very same steps, it was William who was introduced to the world's media as the future King of England. Prince Charles, with Princess Diana by his side, carried the newborn out of the hospital before placing him gently in his wife's arms. (Fast-forward 31 years, and new mum Kate emerged holding the young royal, then handed off the tot to dad William.)

Diana and Charles didn't announce William's name until June 28, 1982, a week after his birth! It's possible this could be the case with Kate and Wills' newborn, too. The doting dad told reporters he and the duchess "are still working on a name, so we will have that as soon as we can."

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When William arrived back in 1982, his parents didn't bother with a car seat.  Diana simply climbed into the now oh-so-dated looking station wagon and placed her newborn son on her lap. Things have certainly changed, though, in the past 31 years, and Prince William made sure his son was safely and securely strapped in to his black Britax B-Safe Car Seat.

And while Prince Charles joined his wife in the backseat and was chauffeured away from the hospital to the palace, William actually took the wheel of the Range Rover into his own hands. This modern day dad had no need for a driver! He was A-OK to be the one in charge of transporting Kate and their precious prince to their home at Kensington Palace.

A new adventure has just begun!

PHOTOS: Check out these pics of today's royal baby!

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