Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in Early Stages of Labor, Palace Says

23 April, 2018, 13:43 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Britain's Prince William, has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labor, the royal family announced. As with any huge royal baby announcement, bookies have been taking bets on what the Duke and Duchess might name their newborn child.

Other favourite monikers include Alice, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Victoria, Arthur, Albert, Frederick and James.

The rules were changed with the Succession to the Crown act 2013, when the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with Prince George.

The full statement from Kensington Palace read, 'Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.

Kate is being cared for by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist - part of the trusted team who delivered George and Charlotte.

No exact due date has been given, with officials saying only that the baby was due in April.

Anywhoo, people are exceptionally excited about royal baby number three.

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The baby prince or princess will be born fifth in line to the throne, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild and a younger brother or sister for Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two.

Fifth in line to the throne, the new royal will push Prince Harry to sixth ahead of his wedding to former actress Meghan Markle on May 19.

Although much alike gorgeous Princess Charlotte in 2015, the media will not be allowed anywhere near the hospital wing until Kensington Palace announces the birth and good health of both mother and bub.

As with her two previous pregnancies, Kate, 36, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness which can cause severe nausea and vomiting and requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.

Of course, depending on London's famous traffic, the journey to hospital could take a little longer than planned.

The family also has a country retreat, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk on the queen's Sandringham estate, where they may spend some time post-baby. Tune in back here for all of the royal baby news updates...

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