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Royal Baby: Duchess Of Cambridge In Labour
Excitement builds at a private hospital in London after the Duchess of Cambridge was taken there with William at her side.
10:02am UK, Monday 22 July 2013
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The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be "very well" after she was admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.
Kate, who is thought to be more than a week past her due date, was taken through a side entrance of the private Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London just before 6am.
The Duke of Cambridge travelled with her by car from Kensington Palace, where she went into labour naturally after spending the weekend there.
She plans to have a normal birth and the couple's spokesman said: "Things are progressing as normal."
Photographers gather in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge entered to give birth in London The 'Great Kate Wait', as it was dubbed by the press, is reaching an end
Sky News' Royal Correspondent Paul Harrison said her condition had been described as "very well".
He said: "It seems it was a very orderly arrival. There were two vehicles. A Range Rover-type vehicle, and behind it there was an Audi vehicle.
"Prince William had said from the beginning that he wanted to be alongside his wife when she went into labour."
Further officially confirmed details are likely to be thin on the ground until the baby is born.
There is a strong police presence around the hospital, including two police officers who are guarding the entrance to the private wing.
Kate 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.
The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The National Portrait Gallery Kate is thought to be more than a week past her due date
Former midwife Clare Byam-Cook told Sky News: "The Duke and Duchess will be as excited as any other new parents.
"I'm sure she'll be looked after to perfection.
"They'll be monitoring her very carefully to check that the baby is doing well."
Kate's due date has never been announced, but it was widely believed to be July 13.
The world's press have been camped outside St Mary's in Paddington for days in anticipation of the birth.
The news that the Duchess was in labour was confirmed in a brief statement from the palace at 7.30am.
The Duchess Of Cambridge Goes Into Labour There is a robust police presence at the hospital
The Duke and his younger brother Prince Harry were born in the same hospital wing and the Prince and Princess of Wales famously posed on the building's steps in 1982 holding baby William.