LONDON — Prince William's wife, Kate, has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labor on Monday, palace officials said.
Royal officials said that Kate travelled by car to St. Mary's Hospital in central London with Prince William. Kate — also known as the Duchess of Cambridge — is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. She will be looked after by a top-notch medical team led by royal gynecologist Dr. Marcus Setchell.
Kate and William, who spent the weekend at Kensington Palace, traveled to the hospital without a police escort just before 6 a.m., their spokesman said.
He added that "Things are progressing as normal."
The baby will be third in line for the British throne, and should eventually succeed grandfather Charles and father William as king or queen of Britain and 15 other countries including Canada and Australia.
But little else is known about the eagerly awaited royal baby, from how it will arrive to its gender or its name.
Kate — formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge — is expected to deliver in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. It is not clear if she will have a natural birth or deliver by a planned cesarean section.
Royal watchers must wait to be told of the baby's arrival from the palace, which is planning to reveal the news through a mixture of tradition and social media.
Palace officials have said that the first hint will come when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.