The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital for the birth of her first child, the future heir to the British throne.
The Duke and Duchess left Kensington Palace by car early this morning for the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s hospital where she is said to be in the early stages of labour.
The due date or sex of the baby has never been officially announced but it was widely expected to be born around the middle of July.
Now begins another highly anticipated wait, which can be extremely long, especially for a first birth.
By tradition, the Queen will be the first person to be informed when the baby is born, with a handwritten note taken from the hospital to Buckingham Palace. A note will then be pinned outside the gates of the palace.
“Things are progressing as normal. It wasn’t an emergency,” a royal spokeswoman said.
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was an exciting time for Britain. “Best wishes to them, a very exciting occasion and the whole country is excited with them. Everyone’s hoping for the best,” Cameron said.
The Duke and Duchess’ child and will be third in line to the throne – regardless of whether it is a male or a female – after succession laws were recently changed.
Bookmakers have a girl as the favourite with preferred names Alexandra, Victoria, Charlotte and Diana, in honour of William’s mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. George is the favourite boy’s name followed by James.