Royal baby birth announcement

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    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:40:15 AM
      The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary's Hospital in London in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace said today.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:41:15 AM

      She travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing of the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge.

    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:41:52 AM
      Kate is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex's two children.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:52:02 AM
      Assisting him is Alan Farthing, the former fiance of murdered TV presenter Jill Dando and the Queen's current gynaecologist.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:52:58 AM

      The world's press have been camped outside St Mary's in Paddington for days in anticipation of the birth

    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:53:42 AM
      The hospital's Lindo wing is a private obstetric unit, with prices starting at just under £5,000 for a normal delivery package over 24 hours, with consultants' fees around £6,000 extra depending on the care required.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:53:51 AM
      Prices increase if the delivery is a difficult one or the mother has a caesarean section
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:54:19 AM
      But Kate is intending to have a natural birth and does not know whether she is going to have a boy or girl.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:54:31 AM

      The news that what had been dubbed by bored journalists 'the Great Kate Wait' was finally over was announced in a brief statement from Kensington Palace at 7.30am after rumours she had been spotted began circulating.

    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:55:30 AM
      The statement read: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, 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."
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:56:37 AM

      The Duke and his younger brother Prince Harry were born in the Lindo wing and the Prince and Princess of Wales famously posed on the building's steps in 1982 holding baby William in turn.

    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:59:15 AM
      The Duchess was taken to the Lindo wing just before 6am.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:59:27 AM
      Kate and William, who spent the weekend at Kensington Palace, travelled without a police escort, their spokesman said.
    • Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 6:59:31 AM
      He added: "Things are progressing as normal."
    • by Tom_Pugh82 via twitter edited by Amy Crowther, Press... 7/22/2013 7:01:01 AM
      Kensington Palace spox said Kate and William travelled without police escort. He said: "Things are progressing as normal."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:07:00 AM
      Betting on the name of the royal baby, which will be third-in-line to the throne, has produced one favourite with a number of bookies - Alexandra.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:07:47 AM

      Many punters believe William and Kate, seen here visiting Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East, will have a girl and have put their money on the name.

    • Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London 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.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:11:17 AM
      Other monikers that have attracted royal fans include Charlotte, Diana, Elizabeth and Victoria, with George and James picked by those who think the new baby will be a boy.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:12:06 AM

      William will take paternity leave from his job as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:12:46 AM
      But it is not known how long the Duchess will take off from her royal duties to care for her first child.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:15:05 AM

      Police outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted in the early stages of labour.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:26:15 AM

      Well-wishers are also camped outside the hospital - the early start looks to have taken its toll on this royal fan

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:29:05 AM
      The new royal baby will be the Queen's third great-grandchild and is destined to be crowned monarch.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:29:22 AM
      It will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, it follows reigns by Charles then William.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:30:22 AM
      The Duke is known to want a daughter while the Duchess is hoping for a son.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:31:56 AM

      When Kate met Guardsman Lee Wheeler, 29, during a a St Patrick's Day parade in Aldershot, Hampshire, she told him she did not know the sex of her baby.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:32:54 AM
      The soldier said: "I asked her 'Do you know if it's a girl or boy?', and she said 'Not yet'.

      "She said 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl'. That's always the way."
    • by Tom_Pugh82 via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:33:56 AM
      Charles is today due to visit the National Railway Museum in #York as part of a two-day visit to Yorkshire.
    • by RyanJHooper via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:34:03 AM
      News of royal labour gradually filtering through to visitors at Buckingham Palace
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:34:43 AM
      Recent changes to the rules of succession mean if a girl is born she will not be leapfrogged by a younger brother at a later date.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:34:47 AM
      The sex of an infant in direct line to the throne no longer determines whether he or she wears the crown.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:36:07 AM
      Confirmation that the Duchess is in hospital also means the nation is aware that Kate is in labour.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:36:11 AM
      This is something that would have been unthinkable when the last granddaughter-in-law of a reigning queen to give birth to a future monarch did so in the 1890s.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:36:23 AM
      George V's wife Mary of Teck, who was then the Duchess of York, had the future Edward VIII in 1894 and the future George VI in 1895, but news of her 'confinement' was limited.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:36:51 AM

      There was a strong police presence around the hospital and two police officers guarded the entrance to the private wing.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:40:29 AM
      Carly Gargett, 31, an event manager from Sydney, Australia, who lives in London, said: "I have been doing live Facebook updates to all my friends back in Australia."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:41:21 AM
      "They were texting me this morning saying 'What's going on?' because I'd missed it happening so early.

      "So I came down to the site on my way to work."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:41:25 AM
      "I am a real royalist.

      "I was at the Coronation Festival last week and was hoping she would go into labour then."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:53:15 AM
      And anticipation is mounting online too...
    • by Ben Newton via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:53:18 AM

      Kate is in labour. Celebrate the birth of the #RoyalBaby

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:54:27 AM
      Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to the Queen, said the birth will be a historic first.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:55:04 AM
      "There will be three heirs in waiting while the sovereign is fit and well, and that's a first," he said.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, Press... 7/22/2013 7:55:18 AM

      Mr Arbiter said William will be by the Duchess's side supporting her but the Royal Family will not visit once the new addition arrives.

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