Royal baby girl born: Kate Middleton and family leave hospital – live updates – Telegraph.co.uk

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The Princess’s shawl was from GH Hurt and Son Ltd. The company has a long-standing connection with the Royal Family.

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Some pics:

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And they have now left the hospital. The Duke and Duchess have taken the new Princess Cambridge home. They did not speak to the media.

18.13

Well, that was short but sweet. Kate and William have disappeared back inside the hospital.

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And here they are. The Duke and Duchess have appeared with their new baby daughter. The new royal princess appears to be fast asleep, oblivious to the media circus surrounidng her.

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The anticipation outside the Lindo Wing is palpable – all eyes are fixed on the doors to the hospital.

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The latest update we’re hearing is that the Duke and Duchess will be leaving the hospital with their new baby girl imminently.

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We’re being told the baby moment is likely to happen at around 6.30

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Here is the official announcement from Kensington Palace:

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington this evening.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their daughter will travel home to Kensington Palace.

Prince George has now returned to Kensington Palace.

Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received. They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.

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WE WILL SEE THE BABY TODAY

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The arrival of a Princess will be celebrated by fashion retailers, who can expect to generate up to £150 million a year in sales when she is older.

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, said: “As well as the boost to baby clothing sales that we have seen from Prince George, a Princess would be able to set trends throughout her life, which will be great for the people who designed her clothes or those who can make quick knock-off copies.”

17.27

The Royal Mint is giving silver pennies to babies born today. The first of them was Laiyah Qanbour, who arrived at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow at 8.53.

Laiyah Qanbour, with her mother Areej and silver penny

17.25

A reminder of the key facts of the day:

• The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl weighing 8lbs 3oz
• The baby was born at 8.34am, just two and a half hours after the Duchess was admitted
• Prince William takes Prince George to see his new baby sister
• Duke and Duchess may leave hospital with their baby today
• No news on the baby’s name yet

17.23

The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope was at Ed Miliband’s final rally in London today, and feels he missed a trick.

17.17

No official news yet on whether the Duchess will emerge with her new baby today, but the buzz outside the Lindo Wing is that she will. Royal protection officers and Kensington Palace staff have the air of people preparing for a major event.

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Patrick Sawer reports from the Lindo Wing on Prince George’s show-stopping appearance

QuoteAfter the excitement and anticipation of the imminent arrival, it was time for Prince George to meet his new sister.

With a shy glance and a coy wave to the mass of photographers and cameramen waiting outside the London hospital, where his mother had given birth a few hours earlier, the little Prince went inside for the happiest of family reunions

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…but we’re still waiting for George’s first smile.

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A kiss for George…

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And here’s a video of that Prince George moment…

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Prince George, as ever, has stolen the show, for now at least. On his first “official” appearance in front of the public in Britain since the day after his birth, he waved obediently at his father’s command, though his first smile in public is yet to come.

George toddled a few steps after William put him down on the pavement, then reached up to be picked up, and, wearing all blue like his father, waved to the gathering, screaming crowd across the road before posing on the steps and waving again, for which he earned a quick kiss from his father.

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Not far from the Lindo to Kensington Palace, so William will be back soon. He has already left.

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Prince William has left the Lindo Wing, driving himself to Kensington Palace. He said “we’re very,very happy,” adding: “I’m just going to pick up George.”

So George to visit his Mum and sister in hospital? And Kate to stay in overnight perhaps?

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Prince William’s Range Rover has arrived…

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A better picture of the Queen in pink in North Yorkshire

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Prince William will leave the Lindo Wing at about 4pm to visit Prince George at Kensington Palace. Will he bring him back to see his sister?

15.24

Monika Tano, of Birmingham, has given birth on the same day as the Duchess of Cambridge for the second time. Her daughter Liliana shares Prince George’s birthday and a second daughter, Aurelia, arrived today.

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Unless the Queen had made changes to the rules in 2012, the Cambridges’ daughter would have not have been a Princess. Under the old rules, the baby would have been Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, because only the first-born son of a Duke of Cambridge was entitled to be called a prince.

But the Queen issued letters patent when the Duchess was three months pregnant with Prince George, declaring that “all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour”.

Baby Cambridge might one day become Princess Royal, the title given to the eldest daughter of the monarch.

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The two footmen who were given the honour of placing the official announcement of the birth on an easel outside Buckingham Palace were George Oates, 26, from North Yorkshire, and Simon Garnett, 30, from Cumbria.

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are “absolutely delighted” by the arrival of the new princess, Clarence House has said. The Prince said earlier in the week he was hoping for a granddaughter.

Earl Spencer, Prince William’s uncle, said: “It’s wonderful news – we are all thrilled for all four of them.”

15.01

The Queen, who is carrying out an engagement in Richmond, North Yorkshire, is wearing pink. Naturally. Did she have a blue outfit with her as well?

14.36

Updated rumour: the smart money outside the Lindo Wing is on the Duke and Duchess coming out of the hospital at 4pm. That may be based on nothing more than the fact that 2.30 rumour turned out to be wrong.

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The fact that the Duke and Duchess have had no visitors since the baby was born six hours ago suggests the families know the baby will be on her way home soon.

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If you’re late to the party (or if you went to a party and have just woken up in a daze) here are the key points:

• The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl weighing 8lbs 3oz
• The baby was born at 8.34am, just two and a half hours after the Duchess was admitted
• Duke and Duchess expected to leave hospital with their baby today
• No news on the baby’s name yet

14.12

In the US, royal fans have woken up to the news of the royal birth.

In New York, the tabloid Daily News says “YAY! A LITTLE PRINCESS”, while the New York Post is a bit more restrained with “It’s a princess! Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby girl.”

The New York Times, a stickler for correct style, announces: “Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to a Baby Girl”.

In Los Angeles, the LA Times also records the news using the correct title. “It’s a princess: Duchess of Cambridge has a baby girl.”

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For the first time in its 500 year history the Royal Mail will commemorate the royal birth with a special postmark to be stamped on all letters on Tuesday.

Millions of letters and parcels delivered on Tuesday will have a postmark reading: “Congratulations TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter”.

It is the first time the company has marked a royal birth in this way.

13.30

Unconfirmed rumours doing the rounds outside Lindo Wing that the Duke and Duchess will come out at 2.30 with their baby. Maybe William wants to be home in time for the Aston Villa game.

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Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker has reportedly been seen going into the hospital. That can only mean one thing: we will see the Duke, Duchess and their baby today…

13.22

What sort of life will Princess Cambridge have and how can the Duke and Duchess protect her from the massive interest there will be in her as she grows up as the most senior Royal princess born into the Royal family since Princess Anne?

Royal biographer Penny Junor gives her thoughts

QuoteGeorge is not public property, any more than William or Kate are. One day, he will have a public role in life and, in the meantime, the public has an undeniable right to know that he is safe and well. But he also has a right to enjoy the sort of carefree childhood that most other children take for granted. And the same will go for the spare

13.11

Paddy Power has just cut the price on Olivia from 50/1 to 4/1 after a hefty bet from a punter in Newmarket.

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The BT Tower is also getting in on the act

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Tower Bridge is among the buildings that have been dressed up to celebrate

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Here’s a video of that all-important easel moment

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Celebrations are in full swing outside the Lindo Wing with royal fans singing: “Princess! Princess! Princess!”

After several days of camping outside, dedicated royalists were singing and dancing with joy at the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl.

Terry Hutt, who celebrated his 80th birthday this week and is from Weston-super-Mare, said: “I’m on top of the world.”

He said he did not expect the birth to happen as soon as it did, but said: “Babies come when they’re ready.”

Mr Hutt added: “If Diana was here, she’d be very, very proud.”

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Here’s how news of the birth dominated Twitter

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Blimey. Cadbury’s have made an entire pram out of chocolate to celebrate the birth, which weighs 10kg and is made from Dairy Milk. It will go on display at Cadbury World.

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The easel is up at Buckingham Palace

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Here is how the politicians reacted

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Will we get to see the princess today? There is a rumour that the Duke and Duchess will leave the Lindo Wing with their baby as early as 2.30pm. Watch this space…

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Prince William wanted a girl, Kate wanted a girl, Prince Charles wanted a girl and the nation wanted a girl. The only people who didn’t are the nation’s bookmakers, who face a £500,000 payout after most punters correctly guessed the gender.

Nicola McGeady, of Coral, said:

QuotePunters were spot on with their gamble on the royal baby being a girl, leaving British bookmakers with a payout in excess of £500,000. Ten of thousands of bets are now coming in on Alice in the name betting, while Charlotte and Elizabeth have also been popular

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The Royal Navy have been quick off the mark (unless they did this twice for both eventualities)

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Nigel Farage has issued orders for Ukippers:

QuoteI would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the latest addition to their family. The arrival of a royal baby is always an exciting and joyous event for millions of patriotic British people and many places will no doubt be decked out in red, white and blue to mark the occasion.

I strongly urge all UKIP candidates to take at least an hour out of campaigning in order to toast the new arrival. I shall certainly be setting an example in that regard. After all, some things are worth interrupting politics for

12.09

After a mammoth Great Kate Wait (albeit that it ended quite quickly) Eleanor Steafel contemplates the very real possibility that the Duke and Duchess will have more children, meaning we could be going through all this again in a couple of years’s time.

QuoteThe Duke of Cambridge will have a third child before she is 35, friends have claimed.

The royal couple reportedly decided to have their first two children less than two years apart because they intend to have a third child before Kate turns 35.

The Duchess, who is 33, is one of three siblings, which may have influenced her desire to have three children of her own.

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Lots of reaction to the news:

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The Princess is the first born into the Royal family for 25 years, the last being Princess Eugenie in 1990 (though there have been other girls, including Lady Louise Windsor and Mia Tindall)

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Latest odds from Ladbrokes on baby name, now we know the sex:

Alice 7/4

Charlotte 3/1

Victoria 5/1

Elizabeth 6/1

Diana 10/1

Alexandra 14/1

Alexandrina 25/1

Anne 25/1

Catherine 25/1

Eleanor 25/1

Florence 25/1

Frances 25/1

Grace 25/1

Katherine 25/1

Margaret 25/1

Mary 25/1

Rose 25/1

Samantha 25/1

Sarah 25/1

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This from Nigel Farage’s biographer:

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Prince George was 8lbs 6oz, his sister is 8lbs 3oz. Remarkable consistency from the Duchess.

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Here’s how the news went down at the Lindo Wing, courtesy of Patrick Sawer

QuoteCheering broke out just after 11am as word spread that Kensington Palace had announced the birth of a baby girl.

First through a notice on its website, then via a tweet two minutes later, the palace stated that the Duchess “was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.”

That was the signal for cries of “three cheers for the royal baby” to begin, followed by a lusty “hip hip hooray” from assembled well wishers and passers-by.

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No name yet for the baby princess, who is fourth in line to the throne after the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince George

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The medical staff who delivered the princess were:Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Surgeon Gynaecologist to The Royal Household, Mr Alan Farthing, Surgeon Gynaecologist to HM The Queen, Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist at Imperial College NHS Trust, Professor Huw Thomas, Physician to HM The Queen and Head of the Medical Household.

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Official announcement from Kensington Palace

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am.

The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

11.10

It’s a GIRL !!!

11.01

News from Paddy Power that David is moving up the betting because of the likelihood that the baby will be born today, Beckham’s 40th birthday. David now 25/1.

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The latest from Patrick Sawer at the Lindo Wing

QuoteTwo hospital workers observing the mounting excitement outside the Lindo Wing delivered a typically British verdict on the proceedings, part cynical, part genuinely excited.

Maria, a ward cleaner, said: “For us its a normal working day. Sort of. We still have to clean the hospitals and look after the patients. But its exiting all the same. I hope everything goes well for her.”

Her colleague Deborah, who has worked at St Mary’s for nearly 40 years said: “Its going to be a cold business waiting out here for her to give birth. It was much warmer for the last one.

“Her first baby was born in July wasn’t he? It was a really sunny day as far as I can remember. Not like today. Typical Bank Holiday weather.”

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Terry Hutt, the royal superfan who celebrated his 80th birthday on the pavement outside the Lindo Wing, where he has been camping out for days, said: “I’m so excited that I can’t talk to you all that much. It’s been a long wait but it’s all been worth it.”

Terry Hutt

10.18

An alternative point of view from Graham Smith, chief executive of the campaign group Republic, who, um, campaign for a republic.

QuoteThis may be news, but it’s not big news, it’s not headline news and it’s not news most people are interested in beyond brief curiosity.

When there’s a hugely important election just days away and crises overseas, to spend more than 30 seconds talking about the non-story of a royal baby is a complete over-reaction

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And here are the thoughts of Nick Clegg: “Best of luck to the Duchess of Cambridge today, as she gives birth to her second child. The thoughts of the whole country will be with her.”

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How long will we have to wait for the baby? Prince George arrived after around 11 hours but second babies tend to arrive more quickly and also tend to be heavier. George was 8lbs 6oz. The average for a second labour is five hours.

Mervi Jokinen, of the Royal College of Midwives and president of the European Midwives Association, said

QuoteIndividual labours are different, but we definitely see shorter labours second time around.

Your body seems to be programmed. The hormones kick in quicker and progression is faster. It’s a little bit like a computer. Your body needs to be programmed first time around.

The pushing stage can also be quicker because it’s your second one. Muscles have been stretched so you have less resistance and you have the ability to push the baby past the birth canal

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Meanwhile, at Battersea…

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A group of rugby fans from Toulon has turned up the Lindo Wing, singing their team song.

Philippe Daniel, 44, said he is “not especially” a royal fan, but added: “There is no royal family in France so the English royal family is ours.”

09.47

In the spirit of election impartiality, here is what Ed Miliband had to say about the happy news:

Quote I want to pass on my best wishes to the Duchess of Cambridge. My thoughts are with her and the Duke of Cambridge today. I wish them well

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Prince Harry, who is in Australia, was among the first to be told that his nephew or niece is on the way. The Queen, the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal family were also told as early as possible, according to a Kensington Palace spokesman.

“All members of the royal family were informed as soon as it was practically possible,” they said.

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Patrick Sawer, outside the Lindo Wing, reports:

QuoteFor some the timing of Kate’s labour could not be better. Maria Scott, 44, and her daughter Amy Thompson, 14 have been waiting outside the Lindo Wing for 13 days now, but were having to return to their native Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday.

“A couple more days and we wouldn’t be here,” said Amy, a school student. “So it was a relief when we heard she’d arrived this morning. It’s great timing for us.”

Mother and daughter had only intended spending a few days outside St Mary’s Hospital after coming to London two weeks ago.

But when Amy dislocated her knee they decided they might as well make the most of her limited mobility and bed down outside the hospital for the duration.

Mrs Scott said: “It’s so exciting now that it’s finally happening. Now we’re just hoping for a healthy baby and a healthy mother.”

09.29

David Cameron, no doubt hoping for a baby bounce in the polls as the feel-good factor kicks in, has been on BBC Breakfast giving his thoughts.

QuoteOne of the privileges of my job is you get to see them up front and they are a wonderful couple, they are loving parents.

With the rest of the nation I’ll be wishing them well today, hoping for a healthy and happy outcome.”

I know St Mary’s Paddington quite well, my son Ivan spent a lot of time there, so I can write a guidebook about all the local pubs and restaurants – but I’m not sure they’ll have a lot of time for that – but wishing them well and hoping for a happy outcome today

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Assuming the baby is born today, it will share its birthday with David Beckham (40) and Englebert Humperdinck. Prince William is good friends with Becks, so he will no doubt have a private joke with him about how he upstaged the big Beckham bash next time they meet.

PA

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For those of you who had the luxury of a lie-in this morning, a reminder of how Kensington Palace broke the news this morning

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And before you ask, the fact that I’m wearing a pink gingham shirt does NOT mean I know the sex of the baby…

09.16

Devoted followers of this live blog (ahem) will remember the Royal baby Union flag tie I promised to wear when Kate went into hospital, and the newsroom bell. Well, here’s the tie…

09.10

Ladbrokes have now suspended betting on all Royal baby bets except the name, (lest someone at the hospital manages to put a stack of cash on the sex of the baby after it’s already been born, presumably).

Ladbrokes’ Jessica Bridge, who will be as relieved as anyone that the baby is finally coming. said

QuoteAs soon as the nation’s awake baby betting is going to go berserk. Punters have been well in favour of a girl over the last 9 months, and it would be a huge surprise to them if George is joined by a little brother soon

Here are the latest odds on the name:

Alice 6/4

Charlotte 3/1

Elizabeth 6/1

Victoria 10/1

James 14/1

Diana 14/1

Alexandra 16/1

Arthur 16/1

Henry 25/1

Catherine 25/1

Phillip 25/1

William 25/1

Frances 25/1

Mary 25/1

Albert 25/1

Alexander 25/1

09.00

Interesting that no-one seems to have got pictures of the Duchess going into the hospital, though perhaps not that surprising given that no-one did last time either. The royal protection officers have been staking out the Lindo Wing for days, and they have had plenty of time to think about it. No news yet on whether it was Prince William who was driving the car.

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Here are the latest pictures from the scene outside the Lindo Wing – check out our picture gallery for more:

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The betting market favours a girl - it is odds on 4/9 at Ladbrokes that it will be a princess.

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The new royal baby will be fourth in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George.

It means Prince Harry will drop down to fifth in line, and every other member of the Royal family will be one step further away from the throne.

Because of recent changes to the laws governing succession, the baby’s sex will make no difference, as boys no longer have precedence over girls. So if the baby is a girl and the couple one day have another son, that son would be behind his sister in the line of succession.

08.21

Who are the doctors who will deliver Kate Middleton’s second baby? Well, Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston will be in charge of the team that delivers the royal baby at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

Here we have an interesting profile of them both. It’s clear that the Duchess of Cambridge will be in familiar hands.

Guy Thorpe-Beeston (left) and Alan Farthing (right) with Sir Marcus Setchell (centre) after the birth of Prince George Photo: GETTY

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Prince George was born at around 4.30 in the afternoon from memory. Given that second babies are normally quicker, could we have a baby by 12pm?

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Royal commentators are hoping that Prince William, who is at the Duchess of Cambridge’s bedside, might bring along little Prince George for the occasion.

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This is the scene at the Lindo Wing right now

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Royal commentator Alistair Bruce has just arrived on the scene. “When you think of the incredibly tough time she has had in the process of morning sickness, now her journey on this task is coming to an end. This is a tremendous hospital and she will have excellent care,” he tells Sky News.

08.00

Good morning to those just joining us at 8am. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was taken to the Lindo Wing at 6am, after going into the early stages of labour. The Great Kate Wait is over! This is the latest from Kensington Palace:

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Thought for the morning

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The scene outside the Lindo Wing is quickly changing. Just over an hour ago the media pen that has been positioned outside those famous doors to the hospital was deserted. Now it is quickly filling up with the world’s media.

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If the Duchess has a girl, she will be known as Princess [name] of Cambridge.

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Security has been stepped up. Security officers who work closely with William and Kate have been in the area ensuring that the Royal family can arrive in safety.

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We are not expected to receive any more announcements now from the Lindo Wing until the baby has been delivered.

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An elderly gentleman interviewed outside the Lindo Wing was just asked whether he thought it would be a boy or a girl. “I think there will be a girl,” he replied. “But then I think she’ll also have a boy a few minutes later.”

Now that would be a good story.

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An excellent video created by our team on the history of “The Spare”:

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The Prime Minister speaks for all of us here:

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Here is how the announcement was made in this digital age:

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Thus far the timings are very similar to when Prince George was born in 2013. Now, George was born at around 4.30pm. Is that an indicator?

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So, what kind of care will Kate be receiving at the Lindo Wing. Anna Maxted has written this piece:

“On first sight, I was disappointed that the Lindo Wing wasn’t more luxurious, in view of the first 24-hours normal delivery package costing £5,215 (or £6,745 for Caesarean section) plus £1,155 for the deluxe package per additional night. I briefly forgot it was a hospital, not a five-star hotel.

I was swiftly reminded. Upon our arrival – soon after my waters broke – my husband and I were ushered to a spartan, white private room, and I was wired up to monitors to track my blood pressure and the baby’s heartbeat…”

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If you’ve been with us since the announcement that Kate Midddleton has gone into labour, please refresh your page and you will be able to watch a live stream of news from outside the Lindo Wing. If you’ve just joined us, well, welcome. You too can watch the live stream above.

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So, what will the baby be called. Well, the bookies, like Prince Charles and many other people around the country, seem to think it’s going to be a girl (pile on odds of 13-8 for a boy, if you fancy), and Alice and Charlotte are the favourite names.

Royal baby names: options for girls’ names
Royal baby names: options for boys’ names

07.18

The politicians will be delighted. Kate’s due date was nine days ago and her pregnancy could potentially have extended through to Thursday – the day of the election. Now Cameron, Miliband and co should have the limelight back for themselves by the end of next week.

07.15

After the first Great Kate Wait, now the second, as the country longs for news of the arrival of a brother or sister for George. Here is a piece on how the news of the birth will be announced.

07.10

Here’s what we know: Kate and William arrived by car at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, at around 6am this morning. It is believe they weren’t spotted and no pictures were taken off them as they entered the hospital. The Duchess is in the early stages of labour.

It’s all very similar to when Prince George was born two years ago. The royal security team have done a stellar job.

07.08

These people who have been camped outside the Lindo Wing for up to a month will be excited:

07.05

Prince Harry will not be able to meet his new niece or nephew until mid-May after he returned to Australia.

He flew back Down Under on Monday, April 27, to spend time with Australian Army units in Perth and Sydney before he embarks on an official tour of New Zealand from May 9 to May 16.

Harry jetted into the UK for a brief stay to present medals at the London Marathon on Sunday after a trip to Turkey for the Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

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The medical team in charge of safely delivering the royal baby will be led by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Royal Household.

Mr Thorpe-Beeston, an obstetrician who specialises in high-risk pregnancies, has a private Harley Street practice and is a consultant at the Portland private hospital and at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the NHS.

A Cambridge graduate, he worked at King’s College Hospital in London before becoming a consultant in foetal medicine at Chelsea and Westminster in 1996.

He will be assisted by Alan Farthing, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Queen, who was the fiance of the television presenter Jill Dando at the time of her murder in 1999, and has been part of the Queen’s medical household since 2008.

Both men were present for the birth of Prince George, though they will this time be without the services of Sir Marcus Setchell, the former royal surgeon-gynaecologist who delayed his retirement to lead the time that delivered the Duchess’s son in 2013.

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Here is a timeline of Kate’s second pregnancy:

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s due date has never been officially confirmed by palace officials, but the Duchess told a volunteer at a children’s centre in March that she was due mid to late April.

06.44

The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where she will give birth to her second child, Kensington Palace has announced.

Prince William will be present for the birth in the hospital’s private Lindo Wing, where Prince George was born in July 2013.

The Duchess was driven to the hospital from her London home, Kensington Palace, a mile and a half away.

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Hello and welcome to our live rolling coverage of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child. The royal prince or princess will be a brother or sister to Prince George and will take Prince Harry’s place as fourth in line to the throne. The couple do not know the sex of their baby, but the betting public seems convinced it will be a girl, with up to 80 per cent of all bets on the baby’s gender being wagered on a girl.

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