Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Is in Early Stages of Labor, Palace Says


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Fans of Britain’s royal family waited this month outside the London hospital where Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth.

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LONDON — Before the royal wedding, there’s the royal baby: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to a hospital in London on Monday morning in the early stages of labor, Kensington Palace said.

In its statement, the palace said that Catherine had been taken by car from Kensington Palace to St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, in the northwest part of the city.

Catherine and her husband, Prince William, announced in September that they were expecting their third child. Their first, George, was born on July 22, 2013, and their second, Charlotte, on May 2, 2015.

The news of the pending birth comes amid widespread attention in Britain and around the world for another big royal moment: Prince Harry will marry his girlfriend, the American actress Meghan Markle, on May 19.

Mary, Alice, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Victoria are the most likely names for a girl, and Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip for a boy, according to bookmakers, the BBC reported.

Whatever the baby’s name, the new child will be fifth in line to the throne: following Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and before Prince Harry.

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