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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour with second child

Kensington Palace announced at 6:00am this morning (2nd May) that HRH Duchess of Cambridge had gone into early signs of labour and had been taken to the Lindo Wing at Paddington hospital, London. 

Although the Duchess' due date was never confirmed, Kate did let slip at an event that the baby was expected towards the end of April making the new arrival late to make their entrance. The Lindo wing was also chosen for the birth of their first child, Prince George in summer 2013 and dozens of people have been camped out for days to get the best spot.

Showing they're a modern couple, the birth of the baby will be announced through Twitter @KensingtonRoyal and hundreds of people have started to follow the account to get the news first. Although keeping with royal traditional an Easel announcing the birth will be placed outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. 

Naming the new arrival

If the royal couple keep with the full process they followed in 2013, the name of the child will not be known for a few days. 

Many, including, Prince Charles, have let slip that they hope for a Princess.The bookies favourites for names include Diana, Elizabeth, Alice and Charlotte for a girl and James, Alexander and Albert for a boy.

A country life awaits: moving to Norfolk

Once the baby is born, the Duke of Cambridge, Duchess and their two children will live in Anmer Hall, Norfolk. This rural setting was given as a gift to the couple when they married and it on the Sandringham Estate, where the royals gather at Christmas. This will provide privacy for the couple although they will keep their London residence. William, after paternity leave will take up his position with the East Anglia Air Ambulance, located 50 miles away at Cambridge.

Official Tweets from Kensington Palace

  • "HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 06:00hrs to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London and is in he 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"

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