Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in London in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace said today.
She travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing of the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge.
She is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex’s two children.
Assisting him is Alan Farthing, the former fiance of murdered TV presenter Jill Dando and the Queen’s current gynaecologist.
The world’s press have been camped outside St Mary’s in Paddington for days in anticipation of the birth.
The hospital’s Lindo wing is a private obstetric unit, with prices starting at just under £5,000 (€5,804) for a normal delivery package over 24 hours, with consultants’ fees around £6,000 (€6,965) extra depending on the care required.
Prices increase if the delivery is a difficult one or the mother has a caesarean section.
But Ms Middleton is intending to have a natural birth and does not know whether she is going to have a boy or girl.