The 63-year-old was seen picking up essentials from Boots and Peter Jones while Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte paid a visit to the new royal bundle of joy.
The Duchess of Cambridge's mum strolled along King's Road, west London in casual attire as her daughter was prepared to introduce her third child to the world's media.
Despite not paying a visit to Kate in hospital it is thought Carole will be one of the first to visit the royal tot at Kensington Palace.
At 11:08am the royal tot was welcomed into the world weighing 8lb 7oz – the heaviest of Kate Middleton's three children.
Proud dad Prince William was seen taking royal siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the maternity ward while Carole stocked up on supplies.
Confident Charlotte, 2, smiled and waved enthusiastically to the cameras as she walked up the steps to the £10,000-a-night maternity ward this afternoon.
Prince George, 4, arrived dressed in school uniform appearing more wary of the world's media.
The royal family are said to be delighted with the news, with the Queen having been informed of the arrival of the fifth-in-line to the throne.
Speculation now surrounds what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will name their third child with the likes of Arthur, Albert and Philip among the bookies favourites.
When asked by journalists outside the £10,000-a-night maternity ward for a the potential name of their son, Prince William replied: "You will find out sooner or later."
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.
"The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.
"The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."
It's the first time in history that a boy will not precede his older sister in the line of succession, with Princess Charlotte remaining fourth, behind brother George but in front of her new male sibling.
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