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Kate Middleton goes into labour

The wait for the royal baby will soon be over! Kate Middleton is in her early stages of labour, say palace officials in a statement released today.

The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted this morning to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, as revealed in the royal birth plan Pregnant.sg shared earlier last week.

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Details about Kate Middleton in labour

According to updates from Clarence House on Twitter: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted 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.”

Last shot of Kate Middleton before the royal baby arrives

The swarm of reporters camping outside St Mary’s Hospital, some of whom have been doing so since July 1, were heavily disappointed by the failed opportunity to capture a final shot of Middleton before she entered the hospital just before 6 a.m. — she travelled by car from Kensington Palace straight to the private Lindo Wing with her husband, Prince William, beside her.

The late Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, in the same wing.

As she goes into her final stages of labour, the Duchess will be cared for by royal gynaecologist, Dr. Marcus Setchell  and his team of medical staff. Setchell has served the royal family for nearly two decades now, both as the Queen’s surgeon and gynaecologist.

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Upon the royal baby’s delivery, it’s been speculated that Prince William will inform the Queen, followed by the other members of the royal family and the Middleton family, on an encrypted phone.

Satchell and his medical team will, subsequently, sign a formal announcement revealing the baby’s gender that will then be taken to Buckingham Palace by car. As with royal tradition, this notice will be placed on a wooden easel just within the gates of the palace. News of Middleton and Prince William’s baby gender reveal will also be broadcasted via Twitter and other social networking platforms.

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The public and reporters will get their first glimpse of the newest addition to the royal family when Kate and Middleton leave the hospital, at an as yet unspecified time.

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