The Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour on St George’s Day with the baby most likely to be born this morning.
Royal watchers will be expecting a swift delivery at the Lindo Wing with the child also sharing a birthday with William Shakespeare.
With George, Kate gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to hospital, but Charlotte was born just two hours and 34 minutes after Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing.
The third child is most likely to be born quickly unless there are any complications.
The Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour on St George’s Day with the baby likely to be born this morning
The child will share a birthday with Lady Gabriella Windsor – daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and model Gigi Hadid.
With Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate gave birth just over five weeks after going on maternity leave.
She went on maternity leave for her third child on March 22 – which suggested that the baby was due this week.
If the child was born yesterday it would have shared a birthday with the Queen.
Going into Labour on St George’s Day ended hopes of a double celebration because the birth will now not happen on William and Kate’s seventh wedding anniversary on April 29.
With Charlotte, parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing went up on April 15 and she arrived 17 days later.
For George, the traffic notices were posted on July 1 and the prince arrived 21 days later.
The Duke of Cambridge, however, told Ringo Starr during an investiture on March 21 that the baby is due ‘any minute now’.
Kate welcomed her first born, George, 38 days after her last public appearance in 2013.
She attended the Trooping the Colour parade in London on June 15 2013 and George was born at the Lindo Wing on July 22.
Princess Charlotte – who was meant to be born in April – finally arrived on May 2 2015 – 37 days after Kate’s final engagement.
In 2015, the Duchess carried out her last public engagement on March 27 when she met Baroness Lawrence at the Stephen Lawrence Centre and saw projects run by the charity eXceL Project in London.
Who might the Royal Baby share their birthday with?
- April 23 – St George’s Day. Actor John Hannah, Lady Gabriella Windsor – daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, model Gigi Hadid.
- April 24 – Singer Barbra Streisand and football manager Stuart Pearce;