The Duchess of Cambridge went to the hospital at 5.30am today and delivered a royal baby boy ten hours later!
Prince William was with his wife at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, where he himself was born in 1982 – when the baby was born.
The last picture of Kate in public before the birth:
‘The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing with The Duke of Cambridge’.
Kate and William, who spent the weekend at Kensington Palace, travelled without a police escort.
Sources told MailOnline that Kate went into labour naturally and things are ‘progressing well’.
Prince Charles arrived at the hospital via train. The baby is said to look “exactly like Charles.”
The Queen is at Windsor Castle today and was kept informed about Kate’s condition – and is thrilled that the baby – born 8 punds, 6 ounces – is healthy.
Prime Minister David Cameron said today it was a ‘very exciting occasion’ and whole country and… the world.
Inside the hospital providing help, advice and logistical support were the royal couple’s most loyal aides: Miguel Head, Prince William’s unflappable private secretary, and his young colleague Rebecca Deacon, who works as private secretary to the Duchess.
When his wife went into labor, Prince William played a set of tennis, then left for the hospital:
Palace officials chose to make the announcement that Kate had a girl in an attempt to balance her ‘dignity’ with the fact that social media makes it almost impossible to keep her baby’s imminent arrival a secret.
Queen Victoria, who reigned until 1901, was still sovereign when her great grandchild Edward VIII, who later abdicated, was born third in line in 1894.
William and Kate’s baby is the great great great great great grandchild of Queen Victoria and the present Queen’s third great grandchild.
Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to the Queen, said the birth is a historic first.
‘There will be three heirs in waiting while the sovereign is fit and well, and that’s a first,’ he said.
Mr Arbiter said William will be by the Duchess’s side supporting her but the Royal Family will not visit once the new addition arrives.
‘The Queen will be the first to be informed because William will telephone her as soon as something happens’.