LONDON—The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, has gone into labor and been taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where the world's media have been camped out, Kensington Palace officials said Monday, signaling the pending zenith of a building frenzy over the arrival of a new British royal.
The palace said she was taken by car to the hospital's Lindo Wing shortly before 6 a.m. accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge.
Although the royal baby’s exact due date has never been confirmed, it is widely believed that the Duchess is now several days overdue.
Sources who have had their children at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where she is expected to give birth, said its general policy was to wait no longer than a week before inducing labour.
One said: “She will be given a choice of dates so she can choose when is most convenient but the longest they would wait would be a week.”
The Duchess is being closely monitored by gynaecologists, Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing, who will have discussed with her how long they are prepared to wait.
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