The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital and is in the early stages of labour.
Kensington Palace confirmed in a brief statement: “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.”
Barriers have been erected outside the hospital for members of the public expected to gather, in addition to the media pens which have been in place since 1 July as the world’s press have camped outside in anticipation of the birth.
As is tradition, the announcement of the birth will be made by a royal aide taking a medical bulletin signed by doctors confirming the sex and weight of the baby to Buckingham Palace who will place the statement on an ornate wooden easel behind the railings on the forecourt once the Queen and members of the couple’s family have been informed.
The royal couple do not know the gender of their first child but the baby will become third in line to the throne, regardless of gender.