Royal baby's arrival nears, Kate in labour
The wife of Prince William, Kate, is now in the early stages of labor in a private wing of a central London hospital, palace officials said today.
It is a historic moment for the British monarchy - the couple's first child will become third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William, and should eventually become king or queen.
The baby is in line to become Britain's monarch and be recognised as head of state in 15 other countries, including Jamaica, playing a leading role in charting the future of the Commonwealth.
William and Kate entered St Mary's Hospital in central London through a side door early this morning.
Royal officials said they traveled by car, without a police escort, just before 6 a.m. Kate - also known as the Duchess of Cambridge - is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana also gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.
"Things are progressing as normal," the couple's spokesman said.
She will be looked after by a top-notch medical team led by royal gynecologist Dr Marcus Setchell.
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