Kate Middleton in labour: Rushed to an exclusive maternity unit to give birth
8 months ago, 23 Apr 11:36
The Duchess of Cambridge was today admitted to hospital as she prepares to give birth to her third child.
Kate, 36, was driven from Kensington Palace earlier this morning to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where she is said to be in the "early stages of labour".
Prince William has also travelled to hospital.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: "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."
The exclusive maternity unit is where Kate gave birth to her older children George, four, and Charlotte, two.
Kate is pictured undertaking her last royal duties with husband William before going on maternity leave
The couple are seen with their two older children, George, four, and two-year-old Charlotte
The baby prince or princess will be fifth in line to the throne, shifting Prince Harry to sixth in the royal succession, and will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild.
Royal watchers will be expecting a swift delivery.
With George, the Duchess gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to hospital, but Charlotte was born just two hours and 34 minutes after Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing.
Die-hard fans have been camped outside the front entrance of the hospital for several days in anticipation of a first glimpse of the newest member of the Royal Family.
The baby's title will be HRH Prince or Princess of Cambridge.
Favourite names at the bookmakers include Mary, Alice, Alexandra, Elizabeth, and Victoria for a girl and Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip for a boy.
There had been speculation that the Duchess would choose to give birth at home, the norm for generations of royal mothers, after two problem-free labours.
But she eventually decided to return to the London hospital where she had delivered her two older children.
The Cambridges have chosen not to know the sex of their new baby – a pattern they have followed throughout all three pregnancies.
Kate beams as she cradles George after delivering him at the exclusive maternity unit in Paddington
She and William pose with their daughter Charlotte after she was also born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital
There have been other less pleasant similarities, with the Duchess once again suffering from the extreme form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum.
Kate undertook her last official engagement on March 22 before going on maternity leave.
Chic in a £600 cream coat from Goat and a top from high street favourite Hobbs, the future Queen looked relaxed and glowing ahead of the arrival of her third child.
The Duchess is due to attend the wedding of brother-in-law Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle in Windsor on May 19. George and Charlotte are expected to have a starring role.
There had been speculation that Kate, pictured on March 21, would choose to give birth at home
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