After weeks of speculations and rumors over the arrival of the highly expected baby, Kate Middleton was taken shortly before 0500 GMT (1 a.m. ET) on Monday to the private part of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where her royal husband was born.
“The duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with the Duke of Cambridge,” Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement. “Things are progressing as normal. It wasn’t an emergency.”
Sources familiar with the matter has eralier disclosed that the Duchess of Cambridge planned a natural birth with William, a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot, to be at her side.
The couple’s spokesman said, “Things are progressing as normal,” while Sky News’ royal correspondent Paul Harrison said Kate’s condition had been described as “very well”.
“It seems it was a very orderly arrival,” Harrison informed. “There were two vehicles. A Ranger 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 labor.”
The sex of the baby, who will be third in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and William, is still unknown as the royal couple want it to be a surprise.
As Reuters reports, the birth of the royal baby will be announced as traditions require, with an envelope where notice of the baby’s details taken from the hospital to the queen’s London residence, where the news will be posted on a board outside the main gates.
“It’s a lovely idea they are going to have an envelope rushed over to Buckingham Palace and the figure crossing the forecourt with the easel and putting up the announcement,” royal historian Hugo Vickers told the media.
“I think that’s absolutely great, it’s rather theatrical. I think we’ll all enjoy that hugely.”
While the baby’s sex is said to be unknown to the public, previous rumors claimed that the child will be a girl as the duchess one accepted a teddy from a well-wisher saying: “Thank you, I’ll take this for my d…”.
Meanwhile, bookmakers are accepting stake. Alexandra is the clear favorite for the baby-girl’s name, followed by Charlotte and Diana, in honor of William’s mother who died in a car accident in 1997. George is the favorite boy’s name followed by James.
However, it looks like the name will not be announced immediately after the baby’s birth. William’s was unveiled to the public more than a week.
After the birth, if rumors are true to live, the Duchess of Cambridge was expected to spend some time at her parents’ house in the village of Bucklebury, about 50 miles west of London.
The couple’s baby has already caused huge excitement and talks all over the world making his parent global stars after some 2 billion people tuned in to watch their sumptuous marriage.
Analysts estimate baby fever could boost the ailing British economy by 240 million pounds ($380 million) from tourism and souvenirs.