Duchess Kate admitted to hospital in labour

The royal baby watch is nearly over! Kensington Palace has officially confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Taking to their Twitter account shortly after 3 am EST on Monday (April 23), the palace shared the exciting news: "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. The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."

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Royal Family watchers have been waiting patiently for a glimpse of Kate and Prince William's third bundle of joy since preparations started being made at Lindo Wing on April 9. While an exact due date was not given, it was guessed that would be around this exact time – right before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding! And to add to the exciting of a new baby entering the royal fold, Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthewsare also expecting their first baby, according to The Sun on Sunday.

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We're willing to bet that the Kate and William's first two children have been eager to become big siblings, too! Emily Nash, Hello!'s royal correspondent, opened up about covering the births of Prince George in July 2013 and Princess Charlotte in May 2015. "I covered the two previous royal births at the Lindo Wing and both have been very exciting moments for the media and royal watchers."

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She continued: "Prince George's arrival happened at the end of the first Great Kate Wait, which saw many of us spend days outside the hospital. Lots of royal fans even started camping outside to ensure they'd be there for his first public appearance." Like with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the public have been kept in the dark about the royal baby's gender until he or she will be born.

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