ROYAL BIRTH: Kate Middleton Goes Into Labour (PHOTOS)

ROYAL BIRTH: Kate Middleton Goes Into Labour (PHOTOS)

The Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labour and was admitted to hospital at just before 6am today as she prepares to give birth to the future king or queen.

Prince William is with his wife at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, where he himself was born in 1982.

ROYAL BIRTH: Kate Middleton Goes Into Labour (PHOTOS)

'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.

ROYAL BIRTH: Kate Middleton Goes Into Labour (PHOTOS)

Sources told MailOnline that Kate went into labour naturally and things are 'progressing well'.

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

ROYAL BIRTH: Kate Middleton Goes Into Labour (PHOTOS)

Palace officials chose to make the announcement that Kate has gone into labour 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.

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

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