The day has finally arrived!
Kate Middleton has been admitted to hospital, Kensington Palace has announced.
The Duchess of Cambridge was taken to the private Lindon wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London earlier this morning, as she prepares to give birth to her third royal baby.
In a statement, Kensington Palace revealed: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.
'The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.'
The baby's title will be HRH Prince or Princess of Cambridge and will be fifth in line to the throne.
The Daily Mail reports the duchess is being cared for by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon-gynaecologist to the household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist - who also helped deliver Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
It’s expected the royal couple will welcome their baby today following an expected swift delivery. Kate is reportedly hospital for a natural birth and is still in the dark when it comes to the gender of her child.
Kate was in labour for 10-and-a-half hours with Prince George after being admitted to hospital, with Princess Charlotte taking a quick two hours and 34 minutes, after Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing.
The birth announcement will be emailed to the press with a celebratory tweet to follow on the Kensington Palace Instagram page.
Following with royal traditional, a framed paper proclaiming the birth will be placed on an ornate stand behind the iron railings of Buckingham Palace.
There's a baby on the way, people!
This page will be updated in due course.
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