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Kate in labour: Royal baby due – Duchess of Cambridge taken to hospital on St George's Day

KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, has gone into labour after arriving at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital for the birth of her third royal baby with Prince William earlier this morning.

By NICOLE STINSON

The 'Great Kate Wait' has officially begun as royal fans across the world excitedly wait to hear news of the new arrival.

A Kensington Palace confirmed Kate was driven to the private maternity Lindo Wing in Paddington with husband, Prince William.

Kensington Palace tweeted: “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.

“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

Kate's labour coincides with St George's Day which is the feast day of Saint George as celebrated by various Christian Churches.

The world’s media and well-wishers have begun setting up camp outside the hospital’s entrance, although several royal fans have been camping out since last week.

An official page has been set up on the Royal Family's website, which will be updated after the little one's birth.

The couple are not expected to make any further comment until they are ready to announce their new son or daughter’s birth.

The latests odds on the royal baby, which were published before Kate going into labour, favour Kate having a royal baby girl with Princess Alice as the leading contender for the name, according to OddsMonkey.

Prince Philip’s mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

Prince George was four hours old when Kensington Palace confirmed the arrival of a future king.
This allowed for the new parents to savour a private moment with their first-born.

Prince George was born at 4.24pm on the afternoon of July 22 and it wasn’t until 8.30pm that Kensington Palace officially confirmed the news by email.

Meanwhile, the royal couple waited just over two hours to tell the world of a new princess, their second child Princess Charlotte.

Prince George’s little sister was born at 8.34am on May 2, weighing in at 8lbs 3oz.

The royal baby will be the fifth in line to the British throne, pushing uncle Prince Harry into sixth place.

He or she will be the Queen and Prince Philip’s sixth great-grandchild and it comes after Her Majesty celebrated her 92nd birthday over the weekend.

Kate was noticably absent from the Queen's birthday party on Saturday, which was attended by William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Duke and Duchess confirmed they were expecting their third child on September 4 as Kate battled with severe morning sickness, also experienced in her previous two pregnancies.


Her final royal duty before going on maternity leave was a visit to the Olympic Park for a SportAid event on March 22.

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