Royal Baby: Kate Middleton Has Gone Into Labour With Her Third Child
Kate Middleton has gone into labour ahead of the birth of her and Prince William's third child.
The Duchess of Cambridge was taken in a car to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, alongside her husband, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
A tweet from Kensington Palace earlier read: "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."
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.
- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
The Duchess had been on maternity leave for several weeks since her last public engagement at a charity lunch for 'The Commonwealth Big Lunch' on March 22nd.
The baby will be the couple's third child after Prince George, who is four years old, and Princess Charlotte, who is two.
Little was known about the potential due date of the couple's latest child - only that the birth was announced in October and expected at some point in April.
The child will become the fifth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom behind Prince Charles, Prince Charles, and it's two siblings.
Earlier in her pregnancy, as with her other pregnancies, the Duchess has suffered with hyperemesis gravidarium - a very severe form of morning sickness.
The new baby will become the Queen's sixth great-grandchild.
As with tradition, a framed proclamation announcing the birth will be placed behind the gates at Buckingham Palace.
Kate and William don't know the gender of the child yet, and - as with all of her other children - they are hoping to be able to have a natural birth.
The birth will take place in the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. A standard room at the private wing of the London hospital costs £5,900 per night and has been used by George and Amal Clooney amongst others.
Included in the service are a waiter, who takes orders for both mother and father's meals. Afternoon tea can also be ordered to arrive on a three-tiered cake stand.