Royal Baby on the Way: Kate Middleton Goes Into Labor

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Make way for the future king... or queen! Kensington Palace confirmed this morning that Kate Middleton was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital “in the early stages of labor,” just one week past her initial due date.

The Duchess and Prince William arrived to the hospital via Range Rover and Audi around 6:00 a.m., making sure to use a side entrance and avoid camped out media who've been awaiting the royal baby's birth. She and the Prince were then escorted to the facility's Lindo Wing where a spokesperson added that “things are progressing as normal.” Queen Elizabeth's current and former physicians, Alan Farthing and Marcus Setchell, are on hand for the delivery, which could clock in at up to £12,000 (roughly $18,400 dollars), according to Telegraph.

After the pair's families are informed of His Royal Highness Prince or Her Royal Highness Princess’s arrival, an aide will deliver the news to Buckingham Palace where the child's gender, weight, and time of birth will go on public display. “It’s important that this is done with a degree of dignity and with half an eye on the historical significance,” cited a palace source, adding that this was the same protocol used to announce the birth of Prince Charles in 1948 and Prince William in 1982. Shortly thereafter, the Palace will share the news with the media and on its official Twitter feed (perhaps, with a #RoyalBaby hashtag).

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have elected not to discover the sex of their little one until he or she arrives through natural birth. If it's a girl, London's latest royal could make history as the first female monarch who won't be passed up for the throne by a younger brother; the royal ascent was secured by an amendment in British Parliament that will make the baby third in line to the throne, regardless of gender. Which begs the question on what names have been set aside for the couple's first bundle of joy. We bet it'll be a bit more traditional than North.