Update: The future King of England has arrived.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is in labor at this hour at the prestigious Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, UK’s Daily MailOnline reports.
Huge crowds gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace, where the announcement of the baby’s birth will be placed on an easel to be displayed by the gates, as per tradition.
Middleton is reportedly a week overdue to deliver her and Prince William’s first child. The couple don’t know the sex of the baby.
Sources told MailOnline that Kate went into labour naturally, and was not induced like reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The source added that things are “progressing well” for the mother-to-be.
According to MailOnline, Kate and William arrived at the hospital around 5:30 a.m. (EST) without a police escort after spending the weekend at Kensington Palace. The Queen is at Windsor Castle today where she is being informed about Kate’s condition. Last week the Queen reportedly said she wished the baby would hurry up and arrive so she could begin her vacation.
The baby will become third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York (Prince Andrew) to fifth in line to the throne. If the baby is a girl, she will be Queen, or King if he’s a boy.
The baby is expected to arrive later this evening EST time. He or she will be born in the same hospital ward where their father and uncle Harry were born.
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