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Royal baby: Duchess Catherine goes into labour with third child

The new prince or princess is on the way!

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are officially about to welcome their newest family member with Kensington Palace confirming the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, is in labour with her third child.
The palace's official Twitter account announced the news at 08:22am, London time (7.22pm NZT).
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour."
"The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."
Duchess Catherine has been accompanied to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London by her husband Prince William, 35.
Meanwhile, the royal family's go-to photographer Chris Jackson has his camera ready to go for the moment we see the Duke and Duchess walk out to the hospital, cradling their baby.
If Catherine does indeed have a quick birth like her previous experiences, the royal baby will arrive on Monday, April 23rd.
St Mary's is where the soon-to-be mother-of-three welcomed her two other children, Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, and the private wing of the hospital provides all the security and comfort the Duchess will need.
So far, Prince William and Duchess Catherine are yet to announce their baby's gender but the bookies are convinced the royal couple are having a second son.
With their past two children, William and Kate did not officially announce the genders of Prince George and Princess Charlotte until after the birth. So we're guessing we won't know if we have a new prince or princess until baby Cambridge joins the world and the palace release an official statement.
Prince William and Duchess Catherine announced they were expecting their third child back in September, 2017.
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A pregnant Duchess Catherine and Prince William cuddle up on Saint Patrick's Day
Prince William and Duchess Catherine are delighted to be having three children and have previously said their addition of their new bub is "very good news."
While many royal watchers predict they won't stop at three.
"There will be one more! There'll be four, they want four and there'll be four babies for William and Kate," former royal butler Paul Burrell told Now to Love in March.
In the early months of her pregnancy, Duchess Catherine suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. But the royal, pictured at the BAFTAs in London, soon recovered and returned to her busy work schedule.
A subliminal sign? The bookies are convinced she's having another son after she kept dressing in blue ensembles.
Kate herself is one of three kids and has often spoken of the joys of having loving siblings around.
Despite their royal status, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are determined to give their growing family the most normal upbringing possible.
"We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness," Catherine has previously said of her approach to parenting.
"Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world, and that is so important to both of us as parents," William explained to GQ last year.
"I want George to grow up in a real, living environment. I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there."
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Charlotte is excited to become a big sister!
"I want George to grow up in a real, living environment. I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there."
The new Prince or Princess will be fifth in line to the British Throne, bumping Uncle Harry to number six.
A huge congrats to the Cambridge clan!
A huge congrats to Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their newest addition.