|Security: Policemen wait outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, after it was announced that Kate Middleton had gone into labour in the early hours of this morning|
The baby will be fourth in line to the throne, knocking uncle Prince Harry down to fifth place. He or she will be delivered by the same elite medical team who brought Prince George into the world in July 2013 led by royal obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and including Surgeon gynaecologist Alan Farthing.
Bookies have strongly favoured the baby being a girl, with favourite names including Alice, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Victoria. If it's a boy top choices include James, Arthur, Louis and Philip
|The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Mary's in 2013 with their newborn son, George|
The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured left and right on her final public engagements on March 27, was taken from her apartment at Kensington Palace to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington
The announcement came after days of waiting for the media and royal fans as Kate went well past her due date. She told crowds she was due "mid to late April" but by the royal baby will now be born in May. It means his or her star sign will be Taurus, represented by the symbol of the bull.
Kensington Palace tweeted the news that the Duchess is in labour at 6.39am this morning. A message from the royals' official account read:
"HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 06.00hrs to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London and is 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."
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 06.00hrs to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London and is in the early stages of labour.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 2, 2015
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) May 2, 2015
My best wishes to the Duchess of Cambridge, who is having her second child today. The whole country will wish her well.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 2, 2015
The Royal Baby's Here! Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, Is 'Doing Well' After Giving Birth To Her Second Child Weighing 8lbs 3oz
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The princess was born at 8.34am this morning weighing 8lbs 3oz, with the Duke of Cambridge present for her birth.
Kensington Palace announced the birth shortly after 11am, some five hours after Kate was admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.
The Duchess and her newborn daughter are both 'doing well', a palace spokesman said.
The announcement came by way of a statement released by Kensington Palace shortly after 11am. It was then posted on the palace's official Twitter page two minutes later. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am,' it said. 'The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz. 'The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth
'The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. 'Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.'
At around 12.30 a framed certificate signed by Kate's medical team was placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace with the same words. The baby's name is not yet known but Alice and Charlotte are the most popular among bookmakers.