The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour as Britain’s royal family awaits her first child to be born.
The boy or girl will be the third in line to the throne and a media circus is firmly in place at London’s St Mary’s Hospital following the royal couple’s arrival by car this morning.
Members of the public have also been gathering near the clinic in eager anticipation of an announcement.
Austrian tourist Gabrielle Haas said: “We’ve been here for six days and we had hoped so much that the princess would have her baby. Today is our final day and we have to go to the airport, and we heard that she’s here in the hospital. And we said St Mary’s, it’s right here! So we came. So here we are and we really, I hope it will happen today.”
Sentiments shared by royal fan John Loughrey: “I won’t stop spinning until the baby comes out, until William and Catherine and the baby come out. And one thing we want, we all want a healthy baby and of course a healthy mother, that is the priority, then what comes next is is it a girl? I hope it is a girl, we all do, I am sure the whole nation wants a girl.”
“I can’t wait for this baby to be born, we sensed that there was something going on last night and then we heard the news this morning that she was in there, in labour and we gave a big cheer, because there’s a few of us camping out and we are so happy,” said another royal watcher Maria Scott.
The birth will be announced in the traditional way with an envelope containing the baby’s details taken from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, where the news will be posted on a board outside the main gates.