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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in hospital for royal baby birth

The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, has gone into labor. According to reports in The Guardian, The Telegraph and others, the Duchess arrived at St. Mary's hospital at 6 a.m. British time on July 22, 2013 and Buckingham Palace issued a short statement at 7:30 a.m. UK time.

Media circus ahead of royal baby birth
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"Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St Mary's hospital, Paddington, London, 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."

According to The Guardian, there was a strong police presence at the hospital, along with a huge posse of press who staked out their area of sidewalk as early as July 1. Press have been in constant attendance since then and a forest of ladders have been set up to get the crucial shot of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving hospital with their newborn.

The Telegraph and Mirror have been posting live updates and continues weeks of speculation with such statements as “the average first labor is 12 hours.” In truth, nobody knows, but it does look as if July 22 will be the day.

According to The Mirror, when questioned at the National Railway Museum in York, Prince Charles said, “Absolutely nothing at the moment - we're waiting."

The new baby will be styled the Prince or Princess of Cambridge. When the baby is born, an aide will leave the hospital and a notice will be posted in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, listing the royal baby's gender, weight and time of birth.

Sources: Buckingham Palace; The Guardian; The Telegraph, The Mirror

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