Royal baby: Kate Middleton in ‘early stages ‘ of labor, palace says

 

LONDON — The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to a London hospital Monday in the “early stages of labor,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. 

The former Kate Middleton, 36, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 35, arrived at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, in London’s Paddington neighborhood, by car. 

The baby, the royal couple’s third, will be grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild, and become fifth in line to the throne. 

The child will join sister Princess Charlotte, 2, and Prince George, 4, in the growing Cambridge family, as the third grandchild of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his late first wife, Princess Diana. 

As with her previous pregnancies, Will and Kate did not know the sex of the baby beforehand, palace officials confirmed in a briefing weeks before the birth.

Among the names favored by British bookmakers for a girl: Alexandra, Alice, Elizabeth, Mary, Victoria; If a boy: Albert, Arthur, Frederick, James, Philip.

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