Breaking news, royal watchers: Kate Middleton has gone into labour. Yes, the royal baby is on it’s way! Clarence House released a statement at 7.30am this morning saying: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour. The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.'
It's thought that Kate's labour started naturally in the early hours of the morning and she was driven from Kensington Palace to St Mary's by her husband Prince William. That means the Royal Baby - third in line to the throne - will arrive in the same hospital that Prince William was born in 1982. The baby is to be delivered by Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s former gynaecologist, and aided by the Queen’s current gynaecologist Alan Farthing.
We are expected to find out whether it is a girl or boy via ... easel. After the birth an aide will leave the hospital with a piece of paper detailing the baby's sex, weight and time of birth. It will then be hand-delivered to a driver and sent to Buckingham Palace, where it will be put on an easel for the public to read.
The news will be then shared on the official Twitter feed a while after the easel has been posted, as the palace said: 'it’s important that this is done with a degree of dignity and with half an eye on the historical significance.'
The palace said about this tradition: 'We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands. This is the birth of a child who will be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do it with some historical precedence.’ They added: ‘It is very important that it will not be announced first on Twitter, although it will be announced on Twitter in due course.’
Stay tuned to Grazia Daily for the latest Royal Baby news... we are on the look out for the easel!