The royal baby is going to arrive soon. Buckingham Palace released a statement on Monday morning, July 22, at local time, saying that Kate Middleton went to hospital with Prince William to give birth to their first child.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labor. The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge," the statement read.
Former OBGYN to Queen Elizabeth II Dr. Marcus Setchell will be Kate's head doctor. Dr. Alan Farthing, who serves as the queen's current surgeon/gynecologist, will be present in the delivery room too.
The baby will be the Queen's third great-grandchildren. Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William and Harry in St. Mary's hospital. Princess Anne also delivered her children in the hospital.
The royal baby's arrival will be announced after the queen, royal family and the Middletons received the news. The announcement will be traditionally posted on an easel outside Buckingham palace. The paper will include details such as the baby's sex, weight and time of birth, and will be signed by the doctors.
"We wanted to retain some of the theater 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 spokesperson said, as quoted by Daily Mail. "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 spokesperson added.