Kate Middleton has been admitted to a London hospital and is in the early stages of labor, the Kensington Palace has announced.
The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted early Saturday, May 2, to the hospital for the birth of the couple’s second child, who will be fourth in line to the throne and the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.
Kate Middleton will give birth to the second royal baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital In London—the same ward where Prince George was born on July 22, 2013.
In a brief statement, Kensington Palace officials said the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 6 a.m. local time Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital. She traveled by car to the Lindo wing with Prince William.
The baby will be a younger brother or sister to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child, Prince George.
Royal officials are not expected to provide any more information until the birth, which will be announced on Twitter and Instagram.
That announcement will say what gender the baby is, as well as its weight and the time of birth.
Asked when she is expecting, Kate Middleton said her baby is not due until late April.
The Duchess of Cambridge said at a children’s center last month: “I’m due mid-April, to the end of April. Not long to go now.”
However, according to an unconfirmed report, Kate Middleton has been told her due date is April 25, The Telegraph reported.
Her final public engagements before she gives birth were carried out on March 27 in South London, suggesting late April is more likely than mid-April.
Other sources suggested that Kate Middleton’s due date was April 23, meaning she is already several days overdue and could be discussing the possibility of being induced with her doctors.
The royal baby could arrive on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s fourth wedding anniversary, on April 29.
Kate Middleton announced her second pregnancy on September 8, and there have been several clues that suggest a brother or sister for Prince George may not arrive until the end of April or even the beginning of May.
Kensington Palace announced the month of Kate Middleton’s due date on October 20, 2014, suggesting the Duchess had reached the 12-week stage of her pregnancy shortly before that date.
That would mean that Kate Middleton had been due to give birth around April 20.