The Big Day is Here…Kate Goes Into Labor

At around 5:30am, Kate was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in the early stages of labor.

The Duchess of Cambridge travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing of the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge.

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The couple spent the weekend at Kensington Palace and travelled without a police escort to the hospital. They entered the hospital through a rear entrance which was the same one used by Princess Diana when she gave birth to Prince William in 1982.

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The excitement began after photographer Jesal Parshotam tweeted:

This sent the press into a tail spin.

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Outside the Lindo Wing there is a strong police presence with two police officers guarding the entrance to the private wing.

About the Lindo Wing

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The Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London is an exclusive private facility offering “bespoke care packages”. Fully refurbished last year, the wing describes itself as having offered “leading private obstetric and neonatal care for 60 years”. It has private en suite rooms designed to provide “comfort and privacy”. The Lindo also boasts state-of-the-art clinical and emergency facilities.

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Each room is fitted with satellite TV, a radio, a safe, bedside phone and fridge. The Duchess will also be able to access the internet and have a choice of daily newspapers delivered to her room each morning throughout her stay.

Who will deliver Baby Cambridge?

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Kate is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen’s former gynecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex’s two children. Alan Farthing, who is a consultant gynaecologist at St Mary’s, will be assisting with the labor.

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How will the birth of Baby Cambridge be announced?
 
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The birth will be announced in exactly the same way as Prince William’s to retain ‘the theatre’ of a genuine royal occasion. As soon as the baby is born, a proclamation signed by doctors who delivered the boy or girl will be rushed from the ward and displayed at the gates of Buckingham Palace within minutes.

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