BABY BOY CAMBRIDGE IS HERE!

July 22, 2013

Royal baby: Kate gives birth to boy

A formal bulletin confirming the birth of a baby boy has been displayed at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced.

The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz.

The Duke of Cambridge said in a statement the couple “could not be happier”. He and the duchess will remain in the hospital overnight.

The news has been displayed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.

A bulletin – signed by the Queen’s gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby – was taken by a royal aide from St Mary’s to the palace under police escort.

The document said: “Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today.

  • William and Kate’s son has replaced Prince Harry as third in line to the throne
  • William and Kate’s son weighed 8lbs 6oz. In 1982 William weighed 7lbs 1 and a half ounces; Charles was 7 pounds 6 ounces.

    Prince William will spend the night at the hospital with his wife and son.

    • Prince William on the birth if his son: “We could not be happier
  • Prince William is not expected to speak tonight to the media about the birth of his son. He’s expected to spend the night at the hospital.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

The Kensington Palace press release said the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of his son, who will be known as the Prince of Cambridge.

“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,” it said.

And the Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he and the Duchess of Cornwall were “overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild.

“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” he added.

“Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the duke and duchess spent time bonding with their son before they told the family their news.

Royal doctor Mr Setchell described the new arrival as “wonderful baby, beautiful baby”, our correspondent added.

Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking outside Downing Street, hailed the “wonderful news”.

“It is an important moment in the life of our nation but I suppose, above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who’ve got a brand new baby boy,” he added.

He said the Royal Family could “know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight”.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am sure that people across Scotland will be absolutely thrilled to hear the news of the birth of a baby boy to the Royal couple and will want to join me in wishing the proud parents many congratulations.”

And Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones congratulated the couple “on behalf of the people of Wales” as “they enter their journey into parenthood”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, meanwhile, said he was “delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy”.

“Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time,” he added.

“May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead.”

IT’S A BOY – DUCHESS KATE MIDDLETON GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY!

KATE BIRTH

DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY!  

The couple did not know the sex of their first child Continue reading the main story

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced.

The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz.

The palace said in a statement that the duchess and the baby were “doing well” and would stay in hospital overnight.

The news has been displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.

A bulletin – signed by the Queen’s gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby – was taken by a royal aide from St Mary’s to the palace under police escort.

The document said: “Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

The Kensington Palace press release said 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,” it said.

And the Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he was enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time”, adding that it was “an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine”.

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: “I’m delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They’ll make wonderful parents.”

And Labour leader Ed Miliband, also writing on Twitter, said: “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them and their son all happiness and good health.”

THE GREAT ROYAL BABY WAIT – KATE GOES INTO LABOR 5:30 AM LONDON TIME

Monday, Jul 22 2013 6PM

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Thousands gather outside Buckingham Palace as  Queen arrives home to await news of royal birth after Kate goes into labour

  • Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to  hospital at around 5.30am and arrived in car with Prince William
  • Royal sources tell MailOnline: ‘Kate went  into labour naturally and things are progressing well’
  • The 31-year-old is planning to give birth to  the royal baby naturally and she was not induced into labour
  • Future king or queen will be born at  hospital in Paddington where Princess  Diana had Princes William and Harry
  • Prince William is by his wife’s side at the  Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London
  • He will take two weeks’ paternity leave when  the baby is born and accept the full entitlement of £136.78 per week
  • The Queen arrives back at Buckingham Palace  and has asked to be kept informed of Kate’s condition
  • Prince Charles is on two-day trip to  Yorkshire and told crowds there was ‘no news yet’ from hospital  ward
  • The royal couple do not know the sex of the  baby who will replace Harry as third in line to the throne
  • Kate’s mother Carole and her younger sister  Pippa will likely be with 31-year-old during labour, but are yet to  arrive
  • Miguel  Head, William’s private secretary  and Duchess’s private secretary  Rebecca Deacon supporting them
  • Royal couple helped to St Mary’s by  protection officer who went with Prince Harry on infamous Vegas trip last  year
  • Police officer shows off his security  briefing note in full view of hundreds of cameras this afternoon
  • Birth will be announced on document placed  on an easel to be displayed by the gates of Buckingham  Palace
  • By  Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent and Martin Robinson

    PUBLISHED: 01:31 EST, 22  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 12:18 EST, 22 July 2013

    Thousands of well-wishers have gathered  outside Buckingham Palace and the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge  is in labour as the world anxiously waits for her to give birth to the future  king or queen.

    Despite being the hottest day of the year so  far, huge crowds have formed in the  capital to celebrate the royal baby’s arrival while the Queen is now waiting at  her home for her great-grandchild to be born.

    Kate who has Prince William by her side, was  driven from Kensington Palace to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in  Paddington, west London, at around 5.30am  today.

    A team of royal protection officers rushed  the mother-to-be in via a rear exit, the same route taken by Princess Diana when  she gave birth to William in 1982.

    This afternoon there was a large police  presence around the hospital as royal fans gathered as they waited for news  about the soon-to-be mother and baby.

    Meanwhile, many more gathered outside  Buckingham Palace, where the official announcement of the baby’s birth will be  made on an easel to be placed at its gates. 

    Scroll down for  videos and a live feed from the Lindo Wing

    Vast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham Palace todayVast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the  steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham  Palace today as they wait for the royal baby to be born

    Preparations: Crowds have flocked to the areas outside Buckingham Palace, where the baby's birth will be announced in the coming hoursPreparations: Crowds have flocked to the areas outside  Buckingham Palace, where the baby’s birth will be announced in the coming  hours

    Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside  Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds

    Anticipation: For weeks people have been sleeping outside the Lindo Wing, where the baby is born, and now many will also wait outside the Queen's homeAnticipation: For weeks people have been sleeping  outside the Lindo Wing, where the baby is born, and now many will also wait  outside the Queen’s home

    Royal excitement: Enthusiasts gather outside Buckingham Palace today and some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the hottest day of the yearRoyal excitement: Enthusiasts gather outside Buckingham  Palace today and some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the  hottest day of the year

    Royal baby coming: Members of the public cool off in the pools outside Buckingham Palace today as the country waits for news about the royal birthRoyal baby coming: Members of the public cool off in the  pools outside Buckingham Palace today as the country waits for news about the  royal birth

    Fever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with her corgis this afternoon ahead of the birth of the royal babyFever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd  as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with her corgis this afternoon  ahead of the birth of the royal baby

    Excitement reached feverish levels outside  Buckingham Palace this afternoon when the Queen arrived home from Windsor  Castle, where the huge crowd surged dangerously as she was driven through the  gates.

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    Final public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is seen for the last time before she was due to give birthFinal public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge  arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is  seen for the last time before she was due to give birth

    Scores of people ran towards her vehicle  screaming ‘the Queen!’, while others  reached into their pockets to grab their  camera phones in an effort to  catch Her Majesty’s fleeting  appearance.

    The months of speculation and  anticipation –  dubbed the Great Kate Wait – built to a climax this  morning amid news that the  Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted to  hospital in the early stages of  labour.

    ‘The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted  this morning to St. Mary’s  Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of  labour,’ a royal  spokesman said.

    ‘The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington  Palace to the Lindo Wing with The Duke of Cambridge’.

    Kate and William, who spent the weekend at  Kensington Palace, travelled without a police escort and entered the hospital  through a rear entrance.

    Sources told MailOnline that Kate went into  labour naturally, and was not induced, adding that things are ‘progressing well’  for the mother-to-be.

    William’s father Prince Charles is on a  two-day visit to Yorkshire and told crowds this morning there was ‘no news yet’  from his son.

    Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a  ‘very exciting occasion’ and whole country is ‘hoping for the best’.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev  Justin Welby, tweeted: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with Kate and the whole  family on this enormously special day.’

    Kate’s controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith was  the first member of her family to speak out today after she went into  labour.

    He wrote on Twitter: ‘Woke up to Thunder this  morning but not a drop of rain? Now it’s blistering & supposedly the hottest  day if the year oh & very very exciting’.

    There is a strong police presence around the  hospital and two police officers guarded the entrance to the private  wing.

    Experts believe that the Duchess of Cambridge  should expect to be in labour for around half a day.

    Consultant obstetrician Patrick O’Brien said  that the average length of labour for a first-time mother is about 12 hours, so  the royal baby could be born in the late afternoon or early evening.

    There will be a gap between the birth taking  place and the official announcement being made.

    The couple’s child will become third in the  line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to  fifth.

    As a result of recent, long-anticipated  changes in the law, the baby will also be made an HRH (His or Her Royal  Highness) and given the title Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

    Anticipated: A journalist broadcasts live from the palace, where the baby's name and weight will be displayed on an easel when it arrives
    Business as usual: Tourists and monarchists are flooding to the palace, which will be absolutely packed as soon as the baby is born

    Anticipated: A journalist broadcasts live from  the  palace, where the baby’s name and weight will be displayed on an  easel when it  arrives, while tourists watch the changing of the guard

    Flashback: A bogus easel similar to the one that will be used to announce the royal baby's birth is placed outside the Palace as tourists mill around Flashback: A bogus easel similar to the one that will be  used to announce the royal baby’s birth is placed outside the Palace as tourists  mill around

    Getting a better view: These excited children climb the gates of the Palace and are among the hundreds getting swept away in the excitement of the royal baby's impending arrival Getting a better view: These excited children climb the  gates of the Palace and are among the hundreds getting swept away in the  excitement of the royal baby’s impending arrival

    Members of the public are pictured outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the Royal baby
    With the Queen Victoria statue in the background, members of the public gather to take pictures

    Waiting: Queues of people snake around  Buckingham  Palace ahead of the arrival of the royal baby as others take  pictures with the  Queen Victoria Memorial statue in the background,  which faces the Queen’s  home

    Royal fans: A young girl looks-on as Royal well wishers Sarah Haggie, left, and Fi Thompson, right, pose in Union flag themed jackets outside Buckingham Palace in central LondonRoyal fans: A young girl looks-on as Royal well wishers  Sarah Haggie, left, and Fi Thompson, right, pose in Union flag themed jackets  outside Buckingham Palace in central London

    If she is a girl she will, one day, become  Queen, just as a boy will become King.

    He or she is also destined to become a future  head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and head of  the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations across the world, and subsequently  head of state of 16 countries.

    The birth is also a momentous event for the  present Queen personally.

    The last time a still-serving monarch got to  meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120  years ago.

    Another royal supporter John Loughrey poses with his royal baby memorabilia as he waits across the street from the hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing Dedication: Another royal supporter John Loughrey poses  with his royal baby memorabilia as he waits across the street from the  hospital’s exclusive Lindo Wing

    In for the long haul: Royal supporter John Loughrey looks out from his tent outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's HospitalIn for the long haul: Royal supporter John Loughrey  looks out from his tent outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital

    Royal fans: A small crowd gathers outside the hospital over the weekend as royal fans wait for Kate to be admitted to the hospital

    Royal fans: A small crowd gathers outside the hospital  over the weekend as royal fans wait for Kate to be admitted to the hospital

    Little prince - or princess? Royal supporters have both balloons with them as they wait outside the hospital ahead of the birthLittle prince – or princess? Royal supporters have both  balloons with them as they wait outside the hospital ahead of the  birth

    Can't wait: Passionate monarchists who have camped out for days and weeks are just hours away from the announcement of the royal birthCan’t wait: Passionate monarchists who have camped out  for days and weeks are just hours away from the announcement of the royal  birth

    Baker: Teba Diatta holds a cake outside the Lindo Wing, which says 'Come on Kate, we can't wait, give us something to celebrate'Baker: Teba Diatta holds a cake outside the Lindo Wing,  which says ‘Come on Kate, we can’t wait, give us something to  celebrate’

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    Inside the hospital providing help, advice  and logistical support were the royal couple’s most loyal aides: Miguel Head,  Prince William’s unflappable private secretary, and his young colleague Rebecca  Deacon, who works as private secretary to the Duchess.

    Both are as close to the Duke and Duchess as  any member of Royal Household staff can be and are trusted  implicitly.

    Two of the couple’s small press team – press  secretary Ed Perkins and his assistant Nick Loughran – were also on permanent  standby at the hospital, flitting between the Lindo Wing and the hundreds of  photographers, journalists and camera crews waiting outside.

    Lastly, the couple’s team of Scotland Yard  bodyguards were never far away.

    Indeed, the couple’s police protection  officers, who were photographed ushering them safely into hospital, would have  been among the first to know that the Duchess was in labour.

    Royal arrival: This is the moment Kate and her royal protection officers went through the Mary Sandford entrance of the hospital at just before 6am this morningRoyal arrival: This is the moment Kate and her royal  protection officers went through the Mary Sandford entrance of the hospital at  just before 6am this morning

    Kate's team march into the hospital after her
    A member of the protection squad then headed back to the car

    Protection: Kate’s security team are shown here  marching into the hospital after her and soon afterwards a member of the protection squad then headed back to the cars, which then swept  away

    Palace officials chose to make the  announcement that Kate was in hospital public in an attempt to  balance her  ‘dignity’ with the fact that social media makes it almost  impossible to keep  her baby’s imminent arrival a secret.

    Queen Victoria, who reigned until  1901, was  still sovereign when her great grandchild Edward VIII, who  later abdicated, was  born third in line in 1894.

    William and Kate’s baby will be the  great  great great great great grandchild of Queen Victoria and the  present Queen’s  third great grandchild.

    The couple still do not know the sex  of  their baby, bucking the trend of 75 per cent of British parents who  now choose  to discover the gender of their child.

    Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to  the Queen, said the birth will be a historic first. ‘There will be three heirs  in waiting while the sovereign is fit and well, and that’s a first,’ he  said.

    Mr Arbiter said William will be by the Duchess’s side supporting her but the Royal Family will not visit once  the new  addition arrives.

    ‘The Queen will be the first to be informed  because William will telephone her as soon as something happens’.

    TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle’s  pregnant sister Tamara is also in the Lindo Wing. She has not had her baby  yet.

    Fogle said: ‘It is a very exciting time,  which I suppose is easy for the husband to say.

    ‘We don’t have to go through the  pain.’

    Great expectations: A crowd gathers outside St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, after Kate went into labourGreat expectations: A crowd gathers outside St Mary’s  Hospital, Paddington, after Kate went into labour

    Press pack: The media crowd gathers outside the hospital waiting for news of the royal birth to breakPress pack: The media crowd gathers outside the hospital  waiting for news of the royal birth to break

    Away from the press pack: A journalist files copy from a coffee shop as the world as reporters wait for news of the royal birthAway from the press pack: A journalist files copy from a  coffee shop as the world as reporters wait for news of the royal birth

    Hot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water outside St Mary's Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave continuesHot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water  outside St Mary’s Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave  continues

    Police presence: A major security operation is underway at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain orderPolice presence: A major security operation is underway  at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain  order

    Scrum: Reporters from round the world have been gathered outside the hospital for the last two weeks waiting for the day when the royal baby is bornScrum: Reporters from round the world have been gathered  outside the hospital for the last two weeks waiting for the day when the royal  baby is born

    Insatiable: The press and broadcasters from all over the world are crammed into a small area outside St Mary's Hospital as they wait for the royal birth Insatiable: The press and broadcasters from all over the  world are crammed into a small area outside St Mary’s Hospital as they wait for  the royal birth

    Time to roll: Members of the world's media gather outside The Lindo Wing after days of waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to be admitted Time to roll: Members of the world’s media gather  outside The Lindo Wing after days of waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to be  admitted

    Global broadcasters: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, reports live from outside St Mary's Hospital, west London, as the world waits for newsGlobal broadcasters: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US,  reports live from outside St Mary’s Hospital, west London, as the world waits  for news

    World event: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, has make-up applied to her face as she prepares to go liveWorld event: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, has  make-up applied to her face as she prepares to go live

    Big event: Sky News' Kay Burley applies make-up outside the Lindo Wing, at St Mary's Hospital, where she has been broadcastingBig event: Sky News’ Kay Burley applies make-up outside  the Lindo Wing, at St Mary’s Hospital, where she has been  broadcasting

    Excitement building: Members of the public gather outside St Mary's Hospital this morning as the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labourExcitement building: Members of the public gather  outside St Mary’s Hospital this morning as the Duchess of Cambridge goes into  labour

    Royal excitement: Tourists take photographs of the front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital as it emerged that the Duchess had gone into labourRoyal excitement: Tourists take photographs of the front  of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital as it emerged that the Duchess has gone  into labour

    Where's William? A cameraman with a Prince William mask on the back of his head as he waits for news outside the Lindo WingWhere’s William? A cameraman with a Prince William mask  on the back of his head as he waits for news outside the Lindo Wing

    Going live: Broadcaster Natalie Morales, of NBC News, reports from outside the Lindo Wing as the world waits for news on the royal birthGoing live: Broadcaster Natalie Morales, of NBC News,  reports from outside the Lindo Wing as the world waits for news on the royal  birth

    Excitement: A crowd gathers outside the hospital as members of the public gather in the fleeting hope that they can get a first glimpse of the royal babyExcitement: A crowd gathers outside the hospital as  members of the public gather in the fleeting hope that they can get a first  glimpse of the royal baby

    Insiders: Staff working on the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital take pictures of the media outside after the Duchess was admitted to hospitalInsiders: Staff working on the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s  Hospital take pictures of the media outside after the Duchess was admitted to  hospital

    Popping by: TV star Ben Fogle's has sister was also admitted to the Lindo wing at 8am this morning to have her babyPopping by: TV star Ben Fogle’s has sister was also  admitted to the Lindo wing at 8am this morning to have her baby

    With royal watchers and the world’s media  gathering outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is giving birth,  vigilant police officers have to keep constant watch for the first sign of  trouble.

    But one officer standing guard seemingly  didn’t get the message – because he showed off his confidential briefing note in  full view of hundreds of cameras this afternoon.

    The memo, headed ‘Briefing note Lindo Wing  posts’, could clearly be read by any of the long lens cameras trained on the  front door of the private unit.

    The incident raises fears that security has  been compromised at the hospital which Kate Middleton was admitted to at 5.30am  this morning as she went into labour.

    Bungle: A police officer, standing on the steps of the Lingo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, shows off a confidential briefing note in full view of the world's mediaBungle: A police officer, standing on the steps of the  Lingo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, shows off a confidential briefing note in full  view of the world’s media

    Security scare: The officer inadvertently shows off his briefing note outside the hospital this afternoon, raising fears that security has been compromisedSecurity scare: The officer inadvertently shows off his  briefing note outside the hospital this afternoon, raising fears that security  has been compromised

    Great-grandmother: The Queen left Windsor Castle this afternoon on her way back to Buckingham PalaceGreat-grandmother: The Queen left Windsor Castle this  afternoon on her way back to Buckingham Palace

    Return: The Queen is set to be in London when the Duchess of Cambridge gives birthReturn: The Queen is set to be in London when the  Duchess of Cambridge gives birth

    The Prince of Wales during a visit to the National Railway Museum in York today
    The Prince in the cab of a train today

    Business as usual: The Prince of Wales was  relaxed  while visiting the National Railway Museum in York today, and  told reporters  there was ‘no news’ from the hospital and he would keep  to his two-day schedule  in Yorkshire

    Britain's Prince Charles arrives on the Bittern steam locomotive
    Britain's Prince Charles arrives on the Bittern steam locomotive

    Passion: Train lover the Prince of Wales is  surrounded  by steam on a visit to mark the 75th anniversary of the  world-famous Mallard  Locomotive

    Grandfather-to-be: Prince Charles out and about in York today going ahead with his normal schedule as his son was at the Duchess' bedside in west London
    Grandfather-to-be: Prince Charles out and about in York today going ahead with his normal schedule as his son was at the Duchess' bedside in west London

    Grandfather-to-be: Prince Charles out and about in York  today going ahead with his normal schedule as his son was at the Duchess’  bedside in west London

    Calm: Prince Charles strolls with his hands behind his back as he passes a train named after his son, who could become a father todayCalm: Prince Charles strolls with his hands behind his  back as he passes a train named after his son, who could become a father  today

    Prince Charles has continued with  business  as usual as he arrived in Yorkshire – while the country holds  its breath for  the imminent arrival of the royal baby.

    Expectant mother: Kate, pictured when she was seen in public for the last time in June, has been admitted to hospital after she went into labour this morningExpectant mother: Kate, pictured when she was seen in  public for the last time in June, has been admitted to hospital after she went  into labour this morning

    He arrived in York to visit the  National  Railway Museum and York minster during the morning, before  continuing to West  Yorkshire during the afternoon.

    His wife Camilla will meet him and the two  will visit  Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

    Royal fan Terry Hutt, 78, from Cambridge, has  been camped outside St Mary’s Hospital for 12 days.

    The former soldier, who served with the Royal  Ordnance Corps, is sleeping on a bench across the road from the Lindo  Wing.

    ‘I have the best royal bed in town,’ he  said.

    ‘I have lost my voice with all the  excitement. At night we’re watching the hospital in two-hour stints, like the  Army.

    ‘The health of the baby, and Kate, is the  only important element.’

    Mr Hutt is wearing a Union flag suit and tie  which a Dutch firm donated to him.

    ‘My trousers are 10 inches too long,’ he  said, adding that his wife of 51 years, Joy, think he is a bit mad.

    The septuagenarian has been joined  outside  the hospital by ‘Diana Superfan’ John Loughrey, 58, from  Wandsworth, south-west  London.

    ‘I’m so excited I’m like a washing machine –  I’m on full spin,’ he said.

    ‘I can’t stop spinning. I’ve been here for  seven days and heard gossip overnight that Kate was here.

    ‘If it’s a girl I think Diana will be  the  middle name. If it’s a boy I believe Charles will be the name,  because he has  nurtured William and Harry.’

    A close friend of Prince William spoke of his  excitement ahead of the birth of the Duke and Duchess’s first child as he  arrived back from what is believed to be the first recorded kayak crossing of  the North Sea between Britain and Norway.

    Adventurer Oliver Hicks, 31, said he was  looking forward to being introduced to the infant after battling 7ft waves on  the 200-mile mission with fellow rower Patrick Winterton.

    Mr Hicks, who attended the royal wedding and  was greeted by the Prince when he became the youngest person to row solo from  America to Britain aged 23, said: ‘I was very keen to find out whether William  and Kate’s baby had arrived on making landfall.

    ‘It was very exciting to hear the baby is now  on its way as we landed back in the UK. It is such great – and very happy –  news.

    ‘I hope it all goes smoothly and wonder if  the little one will be like William or Kate.

    ‘I look forward to meeting the nipper in due  course.’

    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge was last seen  officially at the Trooping The Colour parade in mid-June

    While Prince William has also kept a  low  profile since attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of  Northumberland’s  daughter Lady Melissa Percy to Thomas van Straubenzee  alone.

    Well-wishers from around the globe  began  gathering outside Buckingham Palace today, as news of the royal  baby’s imminent  arrival broke.

    Tourists armed with cameras peered  hopefully  through the Palace gates on the off-chance of spotting the  easel, due to be  placed on the forecourt detailing confirmation of the  birth.

    Westminster City Council today announced that  the Golden Jubilee  Bridges and fountains at Marble Arch will turn pink or blue  depending on the sex of the royal baby.

    From this evening lights on the bridges and  fountains  will alternate between the two colours at one minute intervals until  the official announcement is made.

    Royal baby: Wait is finally over for royal  watchers as Kate…

    A police officer guards the rear entrance to the hospital
    Another guards a second entrance

    Historic: Met officers guard the rear Mary  Stanford  entrances, which Kate used to enter the hospital this  morning and was the same  one used by Princess Diana when she gave birth  to Prince William in  1982

    Media pack: Journalists from around the world gather outside the hospital after the Duchess was admitted shortly after 6am

    Media pack: Journalists from around the world gather  outside the hospital after the Duchess was admitted shortly after 6am

    Throng: This narrow strip of street outside St Mary's has been cordoned off for the media and the public, who have been patiently waiting for three weeks for today's newsThrong: This narrow strip of street outside St Mary’s  has been cordoned off for the media and the public, who have been patiently  waiting for three weeks for today’s news

    Gifts: Police take a set of balloons from a woman standing at a barrier outside the hospital today as monarchists arrive Gifts: Police take a set of balloons from a woman  standing at a barrier outside the hospital today as monarchists arrive for the  birth

    Dawning realisation: A well-wisher sleeping on a bench outside the Lindo Wing wakes to the news that the Duchess had arrived and is about to give birthDawning realisation: A well-wisher sleeping on a bench  outside the Lindo Wing wakes to the news that the Duchess had arrived and is  about to give birth

    Ring of steel: Large numbers of officers from Scotland Yard have been called in this morning and installed outside St Mary's hospitalRing of steel: Large numbers of officers from Scotland  Yard have been called in this morning and installed outside St Mary’s  hospital

    The media area outside the Lindo Wing is packed out with cameramen, photographers and journalists there to report on this huge storyThe media area outside the Lindo Wing is packed out with  cameramen, photographers and journalists there to report on this huge  story

    Modern age: Clarence House sent a press release and tweeted when they were able to confirm that the royal baby was on its wayModern age: Clarence House sent a press release and  tweeted when they were able to confirm that the royal baby was on its  way

    Wait is over: Two police officers stand guard outside the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, after the Duchess was admitted at 6amWait is over: Two police officers stand guard outside  the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, after the Duchess was  admitted at 6am

    Excitement: Clarence House made the announcement this morning that the Duchess was finally in labour Excitement: Clarence House made the announcement this  morning that the Duchess was finally in labour

    Big moment: The Palace announced Kate was in labour to retain her 'dignity', and will not say anything more until the baby is bornBig moment: The Palace announced Kate was in labour to  retain her ‘dignity’, and will not say anything more until the baby is  born

    On her way: Carole Middleton is thought to be with her daughter
    Kate's sister Pippa is also thought to be going to the hospital

    On their way: Carole Middleton, left, is thought to be  with her daughter while Kate’s sister Pippa, right, is also believed to be  heading to  hospital to support her sister through labour

    Kate has kept a low profile in recent weeks
    William is seen at a friend's wedding

    Gone quiet: In the run-up to the birth, Kate was last  seen officially at the Trooping The Colour parade in mid-June, while Prince  William has  also kept a low profile since attending a wedding alone on June  22

    Taking it easy: The Duchess, her husband and their dog Lupo were given a lift home from Wales by friend Simon Oliphant-Hope in his helicopter on June 25Taking it easy: The Duchess, her husband and their dog  Lupo were given a lift home from Wales by friend Simon Oliphant-Hope in his  helicopter on June 25

    In Australia, a set of commemorative baby  stamps has already been commissioned to mark the royal birth.

    Lynette Traynor, a postal worker from  Melbourne who is on holiday in London, said: ‘We love everything to do  with  the royals, so the news is full of it.

    ‘We have a set of baby stamps ready to go, as  soon as it has been confirmed. We can’t get enough of it.’

    Another visitor to the Palace,  26-year-old  German Veronika Schwarz, said she thought there was greater  excitement outside  of England.

    ‘We don’t have anything like the Royal Family  in Germany, so we are all getting quite carried away with this.

    ‘My friends in London seem like they just  want the baby to come out now, I think they are tired of waiting.’

    Sources close to the new royal  mother-to-be  suggest that she is definitely not ‘too posh to push’ and  wants – unless nature  intervenes – to opt for a natural birth rather  than an elective caesarean  section like many celebrity figures.

    The Royal Household’s official  surgeon-gynaecologist, Alan Farthing, the former fiancé of murdered  television  presenter Jill Dando, is the consultant gynaecologist at St  Mary’s and will be  assisting with the labour.

    He will be led by the Queen’s own  surgeon-gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell.

    The Duchess of Cambridge is likely be  relieved their baby is finally on its way after coping with being  pregnant in  the middle of Britain’s longest heatwave for seven years.

    Kate has been admitted to hospital on what is  expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.

    The mercury is expected to reach 33C  (91.4F), with the Midlands and the South of England the likely  contenders for  the hot spots.

    Mervi Jokinen, of the Royal College of Midwives, said: ‘It gets quite uncomfortable being pregnant in the  heat. Your  legs swell more. It’s actually more uncomfortable. If you go  into labour, it  can be a relief.’

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    ROYAL BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT WILL  BE THE SAME AS PRINCE WILLIAM’S

    Same again: On June 22 1982 a sign on an easel was placed at the gates of Buckingham Palace announcing the birth, the previous day, of Prince William. The same will happen this year with his childThe birth of the Duke and Duchess of  Cambridge’s first child – a future heir to the throne – will be announced in  exactly the same way as Prince William’s to retain ‘the theatre’ of a genuine  royal occasion.

    As soon as the baby is born, a proclamation  signed by doctors who delivered the boy or girl will be rushed from the ward and  displayed at the gates of Buckingham Palace within minutes.

    Although both Buckingham Palace and Clarence  House have their own Twitter accounts on which details of royal events are  frequently now broken, it will most definitely not be the preferred medium to  announce the new royal baby.

    Instead a formal notice on a piece of creamy  A4 size Buckingham Palace-headed paper, signed by the medical staff who have  assisted the Duchess, will be brought out of the Lindo’s front entrance by a  press officer.

    It will then be handed to a waiting driver  and driven through the streets of London – escorted by police outriders – to the  Privy Purse Door at the front of Buckingham Palace.

    There it will then be placed on an easel,  last used to announce Prince William’s birth, by the main gates in the palace  forecourt.

    This will signify to an eager public that a  new royal baby has been born.

    ‘We wanted to retain some of the theatre of  the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the  degree of dignity that the event demands. This is the birth of a child who will  be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do  it with some historical precedence,’ a Palace spokesman said.

    ‘It is very important [to us] that it will  not be announced first on Twitter, although it will be announced on Twitter in  due course.’

    The joyous arrival of Baby Cambridge  will  set the seal on an immensely happy – and settled – period for the  Royal Family,  after several decades dominated by highly public marital  strife.

    More pertinently, it will be time of  immeasurable joy for first-time parents William and Kate, who have made  no  secret of their desire to start a family.

    In an interview to mark their  engagement in  2010, Kate said of the importance of family to her: ‘Yes.  It’s very important  to me. And I hope we will be able to have a happy  family ourselves.’

    When asked about his future plans in  the  military, William added in an interview last year: ‘More  importantly, I’d  rather like to have children. So that’s the key thing  really.’ He also revealed  that he would like two children.

    During a two-day visit to Scotland in April,  Kate disclosed she had taken up knitting ahead of the birth.

    ‘I’ve been trying to knit and I’m really bad.  I should be asking for tips,’ she admitted.

    It is believed that the Duchess fell  pregnant last October, within days of returning home from the couple’s  hugely  successful Diamond Jubilee tour on behalf of the Queen to Asia  and the South  Pacific.

    William is said to be determined to  make it  to the delivery suite, following in the footsteps of his own  father who broke  royal tradition to be with his wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, for the birth of  both their children.

    When the Queen was born in her  grandparents’  London home in Mayfair, the home secretary Sir William  Joynson-Hicks waited in  the next room as part of an age-old custom  designed to prevent a substitute  baby being smuggled in.

    Fortunately, Kate will not have to  suffer  such ignominy as the birth of the Queen’s cousin, Princess  Alexandra in 1936,  was the last occasion a home secretary was present.

    King George VI declared that a  minister was  needed only for those in direct line of succession, but by  the time Prince  Charles was born in 1948 it had been abandoned  completely as constitutionally  unnecessary.

    The Home Secretary is now only  required to  notify certain officials including the Lord Mayor of London, while the Queen’s  Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt informs  Governor Generals  overseas.

    MailOnline understands that William  himself  is likely to phone the Queen before anyone else, even his own  father, depending  on what time of day the baby is born.

    After this call a traditional and  dramatic  chain of events will be kick-started that will lead to the  announcement of the  future monarch’s birth – following exactly the same  process as Prince William’s  to retain ‘the theatre’ of a genuine royal  occasion.

    As soon as the baby is born, a proclamation  signed by the doctors who delivered the boy or girl will be rushed from the  ward.

    The sheet of creamy A4-size Buckingham  Palace-headed paper will be brought out of the Lindo’s front entrance by a press  officer.

    It will then be handed to a waiting  driver  and driven through the streets of London – escorted by police  outriders – to  the Privy Purse Door at the front of Buckingham Palace.

    There it will then be placed on an  easel,  last used to announce Prince William’s birth, by the main gates  in the palace  forecourt.

    A palace spokesman explained that the  rather  theatrical nature of the announcement was crucial to retaining a  sense of  dignity appropriate for the birth of an heir to the throne.

    He said: ‘We wanted to retain some of  the  theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly  and with the degree of dignity that the event demands.

    ‘This is the birth of a child who will be in  line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be  able to do it  with some historical precedence.’

    It is understood Kate’s mother Carole and  sister Pippa had planned to be at the hospital with her.

    It is also hoped that William will  make a  short statement on the steps of the hospital after the good news  has been  declared – as will the Middletons.

    Palace sources have also made clear  the  birth will not be made public until the Queen and senior members of  the royal  family have been informed.

    The Middletons, in the unlikely event that  they are not at the hospital, will also be informed of the birth in  advance.

    The procedure is to avoid announcing the  birth on Twitter.

    However if the baby is born between  10.30pm  and 8am, the news will be sent out via press release with the  easel being  erected later that morning, at around 9am.

    Echoes through time: Charles and Diana showed off their newborn son Prince William to an enthralled nation outside the Lindo Wing in 1982Echoes through time: Charles and Diana showed off their  newborn son Prince William to an enthralled nation outside the Lindo Wing in  1982

    ROYAL PROTECTION OFFICER WHO  SPED KATE TO HOSPITAL WAS ON PRINCE HARRY’S VEGAS TRIP

    Protection officer

    The royal protection officer (right) who  helped speed the Duchess of Cambridge to hospital this morning is the trusted  bodyguard who was on Prince Harry’s notorious and debauched ‘lads’ holiday to  Las Vegas last year.

    He is the one of the royal family’s most  long-serving protection officers, who has worked for them since 1995. 

    As Prince WIlliam’s younger brother blew off  steam before returning to Afghanistan last summer, the round-the-clock  protection officer accompanied Harry to Vegas  and was photographed with Harry  at the Wet Republic pool party at the  MGM hotel.

    He was also in charge of the Prince when he  was partying in the private  suite at the exclusive Wynn Hotel, where Harry was  photographed playing naked billiards with young woman.

    On his Facebook page, which has now been  deleted, he has posted a series of pictures of himself with Harry, who he refers  to as ‘Spike’.

    In one he is photographed on Everest waving  a Union Jack flag during the Walking with the Wounded expedition that Harry took  part in in 2012.

    In another, he is on holiday in the Okavenga  Delta in Botswana with  Prince Harry. In the picture the officer, who is  stripped to the waist,  is fishing.

    One of his friends posted the comment: ‘Hard  at work – again.’

    On a trip to France for the 2007 rugby World  Cup the pair were photographed hugging as Englandwon a crucial  match.

    A source  said at the time of the ill-fated  Vegas trip: ‘Harry and his protection officer get along very well. 

    ‘If Harry has a boring event he’ll take any  protection officer, but when it comes to parties and going away he wants his  No 1 man with him  because he is very much one of the boys.’

    But is is no surprise that he is now helping  out Prince William and his wife as the royal couple are known to get along  famously with the amiable officer, who was a guest at their wedding in April  2011.

    Prince William is due to take just two weeks’  statutory paternity leave – for which he will be paid £136.78 a  week – before  returning to his normal shift pattern.

    His wife, however, will definitely not return  with him to their home on Anglesey with the new baby.

    A palace spokesman had said that there was  ‘still some discussion’ about where Kate and their new-born will be  based.

    But the Daily Mail has already  revealed that  she plans to move in with her parents at their £4.8million Berkshire mansion for  around six weeks after William returns to work,  as builders are still putting  the finishing touches to their new  apartment at Kensington Palace.

    She chose St Mary’s Lindo Wing, like  the  late Princess Diana before her, where a natural birth, staying in a  private  suite, is likely to cost up to £10,000.

    The couple’s choice of the private  wing is  unsurprising, but nevertheless touching given the link with  William’s late  mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

    William has always, by and large, kept his  feelings about his mother close to his chest – aside from admitting he gave Kate  her engagement ring as a way of keeping her ‘close to it  all’.

    He became the first future monarch in  history to be born in a hospital when he was delivered there on 21st  June  1982, followed by his brother, Harry.

    The Lindo underwent an extensive  refurbishment in June 2012 and now provides what it boasts is the  ‘highest  quality of care’ for patients experiencing both  ‘straightforward’ and complex  pregnancies.

    All rooms are equipped with satellite  television, wi-fi, radio, a safe and a fridge. There is also a bedside  telephone, internet access and a team of ‘catering staff’.

    The hospital wing even offers its own  wine  list should patients and their guests wish to enjoy a glass of  champagne to  celebrate their baby’s arrival.

    The bill for delivery is staggered per 24  hours – with a quick, natural birth costing £4,965. Staying in a  suite – as the  Duchess is likely to do – would cost an additional £1,000 plus per night on top  of that, meaning the delivery could cost up to  £10,000.

    The child will be known as Prince or  Princess, then their first name, followed by the words ‘of  Cambridge’.

    They came up with a shortlist of names, but  Kate said it was ‘very difficult’ and that her friends had been texting her  ideas.

    The name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  give their first-born will most likely set a trend for the next generation of  babies.

    Royal infants mostly have safe,  historical  names which are passed down through the monarchy, with  bookmaker William Hill  reporting George as the favourite for a boy and,  after a flurry of  bets,

    Alexandra – one of the Queen’s middle names –  as the favourite for a girl, while Charlotte is also thought to be a  contender.

    Elizabeth, in tribute to the Queen,  and  Diana, to pay homage to William’s late mother, are also expected to  make an  appearance if the baby is a girl, while Charles, in honour of  the Prince of  Wales, or Philip, for the Duke of Edinburgh, are  possibilities if it is a  boy.

    The Cambridges are also likely to take inspiration from Kate’s side of the family, perhaps honouring her  father  Michael or mother Carole.

    Francis is a recurring name in Kate’s  family  tree. It is both her father and her grandfather’s middle name and Frances was  her great-great-great grandmother’s first name. It was also William’s mother’s  middle name.

    The Queen will undoubtedly be informed of the  chosen names prior to their announcement, but is unlikely veto  any.

    The nation is on tenterhooks as it  waits to  here whether our future monarch is a girl or a boy, but  astrologers claim its  star-sign will provide the biggest clues as to the type of monarch it will  become.

    The timing of the baby’s birth today will  dictate whether the baby is an emotional Cancer or fiery Leo, astrologers  say.

    If the child is born before 4.54  today, it  will be a Cancerian, like its father Prince William and  grandmother Diana,  Princess of Wales.

    But if the baby comes later, astrologers say  it will be Leo, like its great-grandmother Princess Margaret, Countess of  Snowdon.

    Buckingham Palace say that, as an HRH, the  youngster does not require a surname, indeed William and his  brother Harry were  christened using just their first names.

    The Royal Household's official surgeon-gynaecologist, Alan Farthing (left), the former fiancé of murdered television presenter Jill Dando, is the consultant gynaecologist at St Mary¿s and will be assisting with the labour
    Leading the birth: The Queen's own surgeon-gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell

    The Royal Household’s official surgeon-gynaecologist,  Alan Farthing  (left), the former fiancé of murdered television presenter Jill  Dando,  is the consultant gynaecologist at St Mary’s and will be assisting with  the labour. He will be led by the Queen’s own surgeon-gynaecologist,  Marcus  Setchell (right)

    Its website explains: ‘For the most  part,  members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and  dignity of HRH  Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any  time any of them do  need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is  Mountbatten-Windsor.’

    However William has chosen to use the  surname Wales professionally in the forces, as has Harry. His children  might  use Cambridge in the same way, or even Wales, too, as William  still retains his  title Prince William of Wales as well as that of the  Duke of  Cambridge.

    The good news is that summer babies are  thought to be more optimistic than those arriving in winter.

    The new third-in-line-to the-throne is likely  to be born under the star sign of Cancer, assuming its arrival  falls between  June 21 and July 22.

    Cancerian babies – including Prince  William’s late mother who was born on July 1 – are meant to be ‘soft,  sensitive and affectionate’  as well as ‘imaginative, kind and gentle  souls’.

    Kate’s bumpy path to birth: How the Duchess’s pregnancy was announced early  after bout of severe morning sickness

    They had planned to save their happy  announcement for Christmas Day when the royal family were all due to gather  together to enjoy the festive period at Sandringham.

    But on December 4 last year – exactly three  weeks before they planned to reveal they were having a baby –  the Duke and  Duchess of Cambridge’s intense joy was tinged with fear as Kate was struck down  with acute morning sickness.

    Soon afterwards Kate was admitted to hospital  and they had little choice but had to make the ‘reluctant and difficult’  decision to make the announcement.

    Early days: Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital with his wife, where she had spent four days being treated for acute morning sickness at the start of her pregnancy last yearEarly days: Prince William leaves the King Edward VII  hospital with his wife, where she had spent four days being treated for acute  morning sickness at the start of her pregnancy last year

    The couple initially had ‘no plans  whatsoever’ to announce the pregnancy until after she had had her 12-week scan,  MailOnline understood at the time.

    The 31-year-old was suffering from  hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) – a rare and severe form of morning sickness  believed to affect up to two per cent of women in pregnancy.

    It is understood that Kate was put on a drip  as she struggled to remain hydrated.

    Members of the Royal Family – including the  Queen and grandfather-to-be Prince Charles – were informed less than an hour  before the statement was put out at 4pm that day.

    Uncle-to-be Prince Harry, who is serving in  Afghanistan, was told by email at his base and the announcement was also Tweeted  by Clarence House, prompting the couple’s official website to crash. 

    Attentive: The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured at a reception in London in November, was rushed to the King Edward VII Hospital with acute morning sickness
    Prince William stayed by her side while she was in hospital

    Attentive: The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured left at a  reception in London in November, was rushed to the King Edward VII Hospital with  acute morning sickness, and Prince William, right, stayed by her  side

    Tense: Prince William looked pale and tired after his wife fell ill suddenly on December 4 last yearTense: Prince William looked pale and tired after his  wife fell ill suddenly on December 4 last year

    It was believed that Kate’s parents, Michael  and Carole Middleton, became aware of their daughter’s news at the weekend,  however.

    She was staying with them in Berkshire when  her condition deteriorated.

    Shame: Nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII hospital was found dead after she was duped by two Australian DJsShame: Nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII  hospital was found dead after she was duped by two Australian DJs

    Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) tends to be more  common in young mothers, women who are in their first pregnancy, and those with  multiple pregnancies.

    Experts say it normally occurs during weeks  six and eight of pregnancy, when the placenta takes over production of hormones  from the ovaries.

    Women with HG often lose weight – usually  over 10 per cent of their body weight – and feel tired and dizzy.

    At the time Kate looked particularly  thin.

    Victims may also find they are passing water  less often than usual, and the main risk is dehydration which can lead to  headache, palpitations and confusion.

    After her release from hospital it was clear  that the Duchess had been hit badly by the illness, which affects three in every  one thousand pregnant women, and she was forced to rest quietly at their home in  Kensington Palace for several more weeks.

    As is usual, the illness appeared to have  passed by 21 weeks of pregnancy, and Kate went on to be publicly active until  the weeks before she went into labour.

    The Duchess made a full recovery and  continued with a light diary of public engagements until mid-June, setting the  fashion world alight with her choice of elegant maternity outfits – ranging from  Topshop dresses to bespoke Emelia Wickstead outfits.

    The last time she was officially seen in  public was at Trooping the Colour on June 15.

    But her stay in hospital was marked with  tragedy when a prank call made by Australian DJs Michael Christian and his  co-host Mel Greig, who were working on Sydney’s 2Day FM radio station, rang the  hospital pretending to be Prince Charles and the Queen and were put through to  the Duchess of Cambridge’s ward at King Edward VII’s Hospital.

    Jacintha Saldanha, a night sister, was the  senior nurse on duty when she took a call at 5.30am from Australian DJs Mel  Greig and Michael Christian, who were pretending to be the Queen and Prince  Charles.

    She unwittingly transferred the call to a  colleague, who described in detail the condition of Kate, who was being treated  for severe morning sickness.

    Mrs Saldanha later committed  suicide.

    A ROYAL BABY COUNTDOWN: THE KEY  MOMENTS LEADING UP TO THE BIRTH OF NEW PRINCE OR PRINCESS

    As Britain holds  its breath awaiting the announcement of new Prince or Princess, here are the  moments that led to the royal birth:

    June  13: Kate carries out her last solo official engagement when she named a  new cruise liner, the Royal Princess.

    June  15: The Duchess of Cambridge made her last public appearance ahead of the  birth of her first child at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in centre  London.

    June  22: The Duchess opts out of  attending the wedding of William’s close  friend Thomas van Straubenzee  due to risk she may go into labour. 

    The queen was surrounded by members of her family, who watched a Royal Air Force fly pass by on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

    Last official appearance: Kate made her last official  public appearance alongside other members of her family, pictured watching a  Royal Air Force fly pass by on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, for the  Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 22

    June 26:  The Duke and Duchess of  Cambridge are spotted getting a lift in a  friend’s helicopter from North Wales to Denham in Buckinghamshire. 

    July  11: Kate misses the Coronation  Festival at Buckingham Palace which was  attended by her parents, sister  Pippa and brother James.

    July  13: The date widely reported as being Kate’s due date comes and go  without a royal baby in sight.

    July 14:  Prince William and Prince Harry both compete in charity polo matches in  Gloucestershire just a day  after his baby’s due date.

    July  15: Camilla, the Duchess of  Cornwall, reveals members of the royal  family are waiting by the phone  as the baby is expected at the end of the  week  during a visit to Little Harbour children’s hospice at Porthpean,  near St Austell, Cornwall.

    July  16: Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith predicts that the Duchess of Cambridge  will give birth to a baby girl.

    July 17:  Queen Elizabeth sparks rumours  Kate is overdue after telling a  schoolgirl on a trip to Cumbria: ‘I  would very much like it to arrive because  I’m going on holiday soon… I  wish it would hurry up.’

    July  19: Speculation mounts that the  royal baby is due imminently as fire  fighters rush to Kate’s family home in west Berkshire – to rescue her pet  spaniel Lupo after he got his  head trapped in a gate.

    July  20: Kate and Prince William spend  the weekend together at their  Kensington Palace home as they wait for  the arrival of their first-born who is  widely reported to be overdue.

    July 21,  11pm:  Police cordon off the street surrounding St Mary’s Hospital  in Paddington.

    July 22,  5.30am: Royal couple leave  their home in Kensington Palace in central  London and drive to hospital  without a police escort.

    July 22,  5.55am: The Duchess of  Cambridge is admitted to the private Lindo Wing  of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, where Prince William and Harry  were both born.

    July 22,  7.29am: Palace officials  confirm that Kate has gone into labour to  preserve her ‘dignity’ as  social media makes keeping baby’s imminent arrival a  secret virtually  impossible.

    July 22,  9am: The world’s media take  position outside the hospital awaiting a  public statement from Prince  William when the baby is born.

    July 22,  10am: Well-wishers from around the world surround Buckingham Palace with  camera hoping to spot the easel outside which will hold the notice announcing  the baby’s birth. 

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