BREAKING NEWS: Duchess of Cambridge in labour with third child

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BREAKING NEWS: Duchess of Cambridge in labour with third child

This is not a drill… Kate Middleton has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour with her third child, according to Kensington Palace.

Kate Middleton, married to Prince William, was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, this morning (April 23). She travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge.

Kensington Palace tweeted out the update at around 8.20am.

Speculation mounted over the due date of the Duchess after she went on maternity leave following her final royal duty to the Olympic Park for a SportAid event on March 22, followed by a Commonwealth Big Lunch and Commonwealth quiz.

Prince William with Kate Middleton

Temporary parking restrictions were placed at the hospital on April 9, which was set to expire on April 30.

And it now looks as though she will be giving birth on St George’s Day.

The Cambridges will now have three children, after Prince George was born in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.

Kensington Palace only confirmed April was the month of the due date when they announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “delighted” to be expecting their third child on October 17.

Generally, expectant mums wait until the 12 week mark before letting the world know they are pregnant, due to the higher risk of miscarriage before that stage.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour. Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour. Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE

Will it be a boy or a girl?
We have absolutely no idea, and nor does anyone else if they’re honest. Some people got incredibly excited when Kate appeared wearing a blue dress for her first public engagement after the pregnancy announcement. No wonder she picked pink for her second outing.

That won’t stop people betting on it, though . And Kate wearing a pink Mulberry coat from her pregnancy with Charlotte for a trip to Coventry in January led bookies to cut the odds on Kate having a girl.

Last time around people got it right after it was reported Kate had been spotted shopping for pink baby clothes and some paint samples traditionally used for girls had arrived at the couple’s home.

Will it be a boy or a girl?
We have absolutely no idea, and nor does anyone else if they’re honest. Some people got incredibly excited when Kate appeared wearing a blue dress for her first public engagement after the pregnancy announcement. No wonder she picked pink for her second outing.

That won’t stop people betting on it, though . And Kate wearing a pink Mulberry coat from her pregnancy with Charlotte for a trip to Coventry in January led bookies to cut the odds on Kate having a girl.

Last time around people got it right after it was reported Kate had been spotted shopping for pink baby clothes and some paint samples traditionally used for girls had arrived at the couple’s home.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour. Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour. Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE

What will the baby be called?
Alice, Arthur and Victoria had been the previous favourites for the couple’s baby.

But these have now been replaced by Mary, who has shot in from 16/1 to as short as 3/1.

A common name amongst royals, Mary is one of the Queen’s middle names and also her grandmother’s name.

Alice was the bookies’ early favourite – but they said that last time around. Alice is a traditional royal name and is the middle name of Princess Anne and Prince Edward’s daughter Lady Louise.

You can probably count out Diana, though, as it is one of Charlotte’s middle names, as is Elizabeth .

When it comes to boys, Arthur was the early favourite with the bookies, but Frederick and Albert have now moved ahead with some bookmakers. Philip has also grown in popularity with some bookmakers, particularly since Prince Philip was admitted for hip surgery.

George already has Alexander and Louis as his middle names, so those are unlikely options.

Bookies are taking bets, with William Hill giving the royal baby name odds as:

Mary 3-1
Alice 6-1
Victoria 8-1
Elizabeth 12-1
Albert 14-1
Arthur 14-1
Fred/Frederick 14-1
Alexandra 16-1
Grace 16-1
James 16-1
Phillip 16-1
Alexander 20-1
Catherine 20-1
Diana 20-1
Henry 20-1
As for the least favourite names , well, the sky is the limit.

But William Hill have listed Wayne, Chardonnay and the almost-extinct Nigel as some unlikely choices.

Source: cambridge-news co uk

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