Kate Middleton is in labour, royal baby's birth is soon!

Published Saturday, May 2 2015, 08:17 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Kate Middleton is in labour!

Kensington Palace has confirmed that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child is on the way. How exciting!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their new son leave The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, 23 July 2013

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Kate and William outside the Lindo Wing with Prince George in July 2013.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 33, was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, at 6am this morning (Saturday 2 May) where she will give birth to George's little brother or sister.

An announcement issued by Kensington Palace via email and Twitter said: "HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 06.00hrs to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London and is in the early stages of labour.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
during the Team Pursuit Track Cycling Qualifying on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome
London, England - 02.08.12


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

Kate is booked into the Lindo Wing once again. It's the same maternity ward where she delivered Prince George in July 2013.

The royal couple did not learn their second child's sex ahead of the birth, so we don't know whether the world is getting another little prince or a new princess!

We can't wait to find out!

General view of press pens set up today outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth within the next couple of weeks on April 16, 2015 in London, England.

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Security barriers went up at the Lindo Wing last week.

John Loughrey, Amy Thompson and Maria Scott (R) pose with Union Jack flags outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital as they wait for the Duchess of Cambridge to go into labour on April 17, 2015 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth at the Lindo Wing within the next couple of weeks to give a younger sibling to Prince George of Cambridge.

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Fans outside the hospital.

If you remember, when Prince George arrived nearly two years ago, there was a HUGE amount of fanfare outside the St. Mary's Hospital. Hundreds of journalists and photographers were camped out once news of Kate's labour spread.

Fans also joined in the throng, holding posters and jostling for position so they could get a glimpse at the royal baby when he or she made his or her first public appearance.

News of the birth came late on 22 July… traditionally, a royal birth is announced by official bulletin. A bulletin is signed by the delivery doctor, taken by escorted car to Buckingham Palace and displayed on an easel in the forecourt.

An easel stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4:24 p.m. to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013. The proclamation was mounted on a gold-trimmed wooden easel


The easel outside Buckingham Palace displaying George's birth notice.

A crowd of people take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2013. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy at 16.24 BST, with William the Duke of Cambridge present for the arrival. A bulletin announcing the birth has been posted in the forecourt at Buckingham Palace


Fans jostled to see the easel.

While that did happen for Prince George's birth, the palace also embraced the modern age and announced the little prince's arrival via social media. He was born at 4.24pm on 22 July 2013 weighing 8lbs 6oz.

Although we had to wait quite a long time until we learned the tot's name: Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

His birth heralded excitement around the world - especially here in the UK. The Royal Mint issued commemorative coins, the BT Tower lit up with a special display. Street parties were held. Gun salutes rang out, church bells chimed. It was all rather exciting.

Official photograph of the christening of Prince George, 23 October 2013

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George's official Christening picture.

George is third in line to the throne. His new brother or sister will be fourth.

New laws came into effect earlier this year meaning boys would longer jump girls in the line of succession. So if the next royal baby is a girl, then a third one is a boy, the boy no longer jumps above his older sister in the line of succession.

In honour of the new royal baby, we look back at some of little George's cutest outfits!

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