The big day has finally arrived!
Palace officials have confirmed that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labor.
She was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London accompanied by her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge early Monday morning. The couple arrived without a police escort through the side door.
“It seems it was a very orderly arrival,” Sky News’ royal correspondent Paul Harrison reported. “There were two vehicles. A Ranger Rover-type vehicle, and behind it there was an Audi vehicle.”
According to the couple’s spokesman, “Things are progressing as normal,” and the Duchess is reportedly doing “very well,” according to Harrison. “Prince William had said from the beginning that he wanted to be alongside his wife when she went into labor.”
According to Fox News, the Duchess is “expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana also gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.”
The royal baby’s arrival is perhaps one of the most anticipated deliveries around the world.
Today reports, “Just days earlier while touring a children’s hospice, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, also spoke about her hopes that the future king or queen would arrive soon.”
“We’re all waiting at the end of the telephone,” she said.
The baby, who’s gender is still unknown will be third in line to the throne of Britain, behind Prince William.
According to Fox News, protocol requires the Queen to be notified of the baby’s birth before the general public.
“Palace officials have said that the first hint will come when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.
“At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an official announcement on Twitter and the media will be formally notified. The document will give the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.”
With the advantage of social media, the baby’s arrival will quickly spread around the globe; however, the name of the child could still remain a mystery for a few days or even a week.
“But it is the baby’s gender that is of particular interest because the prospect of Kate’s pregnancy prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother. Boy or girl, the child will be the prospective future monarch.”
*A king is born! After 14 hours of labor, Kate delivered a healthy 8 lbs 6 oz little boy. Congrats to the beautiful couple and royal family.