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The royal baby is on its way! Kate Middleton is in labor

May 2, 2015
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Here comes the royal baby!Pregnant Kate Middletonhas gone into labor and checked into the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospitalin London, reports Kensington Palace. Prince William'swife is expected to give birth naturally to their second child.

Kate showed off her baby bump just weeks before giving birth Photo: Getty Images

"The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge," read the Palace's Twitter account.

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The royal coupletraveled from Kensington Palace to the hospital where Prince George was born and is next to PaddingtonStation in London. It's also where William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

Fans gathered outside the hospital this week Photo: Getty Images

With an original due dateset to be in mid to late April, Kate finally went into labor on Saturday, May 2. The Palace confirmed that the labor is "progressing as normal."

Straightaway, the police guards took up their positions, where they will remain until William and Kate leave the hospital with their new arrival.

The couple announcedthey were expecting baby number two in September as the Duchess, 33, battledsevere morning sickness like she did with her first pregnancy. Regardless of gender, thetyke will be fourth in line to throne after Prince Charles, Prince William andPrince George.

The couple happily announced the birth of Prince George in 2013 Photo: Getty Images

It's been said that the Queen will receive the first call once the baby is born, setting into motiona series of traditions that occur at the birth of a royal baby. Soon after the Palace announcement is made thatthe royal baby has arrived, a notice giving details about the baby will beplaced on an easel in the palace's forecourt just like the announcement ofPrince George's birth on July 22, 2013.

An official announcement will be made in front of the palace Photo: Getty Images

Excited crowds have already gatheredfor the big news bringing flowers, balloons and other gifts to take part in theworldwide celebration. While the birth and gender of the baby will be revealedimmediately, the world will have to wait for the name. It is likely we won'tknow it until the family leaves the hospital. Prince George's name was releasedtwo days after his birth, while Prince William's, 32, name was announced a fewdays after birth and his brother Harry's upon departure from hospital.

Charles and Diana revealed their son William to the world Photo: Getty Images

William has already been on paternity leave for over a week, having completing initial training for his job as an East Anglian air ambulance pilot as of April 21. He and his pregnant wife have been residing at their home in Kensington Palace for almost two weeks, following Kate's visit to her parents Carole and Michael at their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

We can't waitto find out if it's a little prince or princess!

For streaming video from outside the hospital and all the latest updates visit our royal baby live blog.

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