Royal Baby 2018: Live updates from the Lindo Wing

Chloe Best

Prince William and Katehave officially welcomed a baby boy! On Monday morning (April 23), the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington with a statement released via Kensington Palace announcing: "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."

Keep an eye on our live stream from the Lindo Wing to see all of the action as it happens, including our very first glimpse of William and Kate's bundle of joy…

11:42 am: Prince William is back and he's got Prince George and Princess Charlotte with him!

The Duke of Cambridge was back at the steps of the Lindo Wing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in tow 30 minutes later. Clad in his school uniform, the four-year-old big brother hopped out of the car with help from dad before the duo went to get two-year-old Charlotte. The little girl melted hearts around the world as she turned back to wave at the crowds while walking up the steps into St Mary's Hospital.

11:12 am: The Duke of Cambridge pops out of the hospital

Prince William hopped in his Range Rover at 11:12 am to go get new big brother and big sister Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The proud new dad, who promised he'd be back in a few minutes, waved excitedly to the crowds.

10:53 am: The Lindo Wing barriers

The barriers have closed outside the Lindo Wing, prompting speculation that Prince William will soon leave to pick up Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and bring them to meet their new baby brother.

10:26 am: A fake Queen Elizabeth arrives!

Crowds that gathered outside the Lindo Wing were shocked to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty driving past – but it wasn't all as it seemed! A wax figure of the monarch was sat in the back of a cab that drove down the road, past the hospital.

10:06 am: Buckingham Palace raises the Union Jack flag

The flag is up! A Union Jack can be seen fluttering in the wind over Buckingham Palace to mark the momentous birth of Prince William and Kate's third royal baby. The State Standard has also been raised over Windsor Castle.

9:34 am: An easel was placed outside Buckingham Palace to announce the prince's birth

Outside of Buckingham Palace, as per tradition, an easel was placed to officially announce the welcoming of Prince William and Kate's little prince. Exactly like what happened for Charlotte and George's births, the easel – which will remain there for 24 hours – shared an official statement from Kensington Palace and was signed by the hospital team. This practice has been alive since 1837. The notice will be sent to the Privy Council Office for their records after the 24 hours is done.

9:02 am: Sniffer dogs and police begin patrolling the area outside the hospital

In preparation for the hospital doors to open, revealing the new baby boy, police and their canine partners have been spotted searching the area outside. Will they leave soon, or will Charlotte and George appear to meet their baby brother?

8:56 am: UK Prime Minister Theresa May formally congratulates the royal couple

The Prime Minister took to Twitter to congratulate the royal couple on the welcoming of their new baby boy: "My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy. I wish them great happiness for the future." East Anglia Children's Hospices, of whom Kate is a patron, also shared a sweet message congratulating the couple on Twitter. "We would like to share our delight at the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. We wish them and their family every health and happiness," their message read.

8:42 am: The city of London has begun celebrating the little prince's arrival

The exciting announcement calls for celebration! The BT Tower in London, within an hour of the news, celebrated with a blue screen reading, "It's a Boy!"

8:37 am: Where was Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, at the time of birth?

While the Duchess of Cambridge was in labour with her third child, her sister – who is pregnant with her first child – was working out at the gym! The 34-year-old was spotted heading to the gym in Chelsea on Monday morning, just a day after it was announced that she and James Matthews are expecting.

8:29 am: The town crier announces the royal baby's arrival

The Lindo Wing, abuzz with excitement, got a visit from a town crier to announce the birth of their baby boy. The royalist commemorated the moment by saying, "God save the Queen," and the crowd surrounding him erupted in cheers.

8:25 am: Princess Charlotte makes history!

The two-year-old has made history with the birth of her baby sibling. Since the change of succession law, Charlotte has become the first girl who will not be overtaken by any future younger brothers. The new baby will be fifth-in-line, regardless of gender.

8:20 am: Kate's son is her heaviest child to date

Weighing in a 8lbs 7ozs, the Duchess's third child weighs a bit more than her previous kids. Prince George weighed 8lbs 6oz, while Princess Charlotte weighed 8lbs 3ozs.

8:02 am: A little prince is born!

Kensington Palace took to Twitter to announce the William and Kate officially welcomed a baby boy into the royal fold. Born at 6:01 am EST, the baby weighs 8lbs 7oz and the Duke 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," a tweet from Kensington Palace read.

7:56 am: The Duke and Duchess always delay their baby announcement, but why?

Five hours have passed since the Palace announced that Kate was in labour, and it could very well be that she's already given birth. When Kate and William had their first two children, they were able to enjoy the exciting time privately for a few hours before announcing it to their royal watchers. They celebrated in private at the Lindo Wing in St Mary's Hospital, with William making the all-important calls to their closest family members.

7:52 am: The bets are in!

As of now, we don't know if the new royal baby is a boy or a girl, but that hasn't stopped fans from

We may not yet know if the royal couple have welcomed a baby boy or girl, but fans are already placing bets on what Prince William and Kate will name the royal baby. Among the favourite names for a boy are Arthur, James and Albert, while Alice and Mary are the hotly-tipped names for a girl.

7:22 am: The crowds are going wild as the Royal Baby Wait drives on

The are outside the Lindo Wing is filling up with more and more excited spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they leave the hospital with their bundle of joy!

7:10 am: Natasha Archer was spotted leaving the Lindo Wing

Kate's stylist, who was originally the Duchess's personal assistant, was on hand to ensure that Kate looked her best for the big reveal. She was spotted heading out of the hospital following the baby's arrival, for which she was also on hand when Kate gave birth to Prince Goerge in 2013.

5:45 am: HELLO! goes live from the Lindo Wing

Watch as HELLO!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash goes live outside the Lindo Wing, as they prepare for Prince William and Kate's royal baby announcement.

5:34 am: Another family emerge from the Lindo Wing

HELLO!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash is among the reporters who have gathered outside the hospital, with the waiting crowds getting excited to see the doors to the Lindo Wing open – only to reveal another set of new parents. "Gotta feel for these new parents who have just emerged with their newborn to a sea of cameras!" she tweeted.

3:22 am: Kensington Palace announces that Kate is in labour

The palace revealed that Kate had been admitted to the hospital at 7 am UK time with a statement on Twitter, saying:

"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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