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Kate's labour not induced

The Duchess of Cambridge went into natural labour early on Monday morning.

Media contingent camping outside St Mary's Hospital in London. Picture: AFP

LONDON - The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly doing very well after she went into labour naturally on Monday morning.

She is still in the early stages which could mean it will be several more hours before the baby is born.

Kensington Palace announced earlier on Monday that the Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.

In a short statement palace officials said Kate Middleton travelled by car to the hospital with Prince William by her side.

A small convoy of vehicles swept into the area early on Monday morning.

A large four wheel drive followed by an Audi contained the expectant couple and security staff.

The royal couple has chosen the private Lindo wing of St Mary's hospital in Paddington for the birth, the same place where both Prince William and Prince Harry were born.

The baby is due to be delivered by Marcus Setchell, the Queen's former gynecologist.

Prince William has always maintained he wants to be with his wife at the birth and is likely to take paternity leave from his role as a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot to see the baby's first week.

Royal sources have said Kate had planned a natural birth.

The sex of the baby, who will be third in line to the throne behind grandfather Prince Charles and father William, is unknown as the royal couple want it to be a surprise.

Bookmakers have a girl as the firm favorite.

After a change in the law, the baby will become third in line to the throne whether it's a boy or a girl.

The Royal baby will have the title of either the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

TRADITIONAL

The birth will be announced in the traditional way, with an envelope containing notice of the baby's details taken from the hospital to the queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace, where the news will be posted on a board outside the main gates.

MEDIA CIRCUS

Last week, a media outlet staged a hoax by getting two actors who looked like the Duke and Duchess to walk through the hospital.

The media house then sat back as others reported the labour had begun before realising they had been conned.

St James's Palace announced the pregnancy on 3 December after Kate was admitted to hospital for four days suffering from severe morning sickness.

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