As the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is in labour at the Lindo Wing in London, here’s everything you need to know about the third royal baby…
Is Kate Middleton in labour?
As of Monday morning (23 April 2018), the Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labour.
Kate travelled with The Duke of Cambridge by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
In a statement released shortly after 8.20am, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter that the Duchess travelled to the hospital by car and was in the “early stages of labour”.
She is understood to have been taken to hospital before 6am.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning 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.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
When was the royal baby due?
There was speculation that the Duchess of Cambridge could give birth to the third royal baby on St. George’s Day after parking restrictions went up outside the exclusive Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, on 9 April.
Kensington Palace confirmed the news that a new royal baby was on the way back in September 2017 and on 17 October 17, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter that the due date was in April.
Kate’s two previous births have been fairly quick so if the third birth follows suit, the announcement will be imminent.
Kate was only in hospital just over 24 hours when she gave birth to her first child, George, on 22 July, 2013.
And for her second child, Charlotte, on 2 May 2015, Kate was in and out of hospital in just 10 hours.
What will Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third baby be called?
Arthur, Albert and Philip are among the current bookies’ favourites for a boy while Mary, Alice and Victoria are rumoured for a girl.
For their first two children, the Duke and Duchess chose traditional options, seen as a tribute to previous members of the royal family.
George Louis Alexander was a nod to six former kings, as well as Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana reflected William’s mother and grandmother.
What will the new royal baby’s title be?
If Kate and Wills’ new addition is a boy, his formal title would be, His Royal Highness Prince (Name) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
If it’s a girl, her formal title would be, Her Royal Highness Princess (Name) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.