Royal Baby Watch: Great Kate Wait Almost Over

Royal Baby Watch: Great Kate Wait Almost Over

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The royal baby watch kicked into high gear Monday morning as Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, was rushed to the hospital in the early stages of labor.

We have a live look at Saint Mary's Hospital in London, where royal officials say the Duchess of Cambridge traveled to the hospital by car.

WATCH LIVE VIDEO: St. Mary's Hospital In London

Earlier this year, the royal couple announced their baby was due in July but they didn't get more specific than that.

The baby will be third in line to the British throne.

Kate arrived to the hospital around 1 a.m. our time. She left Kensington Palace by car and without a police escort.

Crowds of people are gathering outside the hospital to await the big news.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the hospital's private Lindo Wing, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and his brother, Harry.

We know William is with Kate. They were escorted into the hospital through a side door avoiding the media.

We're not expecting to get much information as Kate's labor progresses, but we do know that things are progressing well. Kate is planning on having the baby naturally.

Once she does give birth, the announcement will be made on a document that will be posted outside Buckingham Palace. It will also be made via Twitter for the first time.

Also for the first time, the royal baby -- no matter what the gender is -- will become the third in line to the throne.. So, this is an historic moment for the British monarchy.

Kate's mother, Carole, and her younger sister, Pippa, are also expected to be at the hospital. And, as far as we know, the queen is at Windsor Castle and is being kept up to date on the birth. She is due back at Buckingham Palace later in the day.

So, she and the rest of the world now wait.

And, ladies, as you both know, this could be a day-long event. First time labors can be long. The average is about 12 hours. So it may not be until tonight that we find out if it will be a future king or future queen in the monarchy.

Royal watchers have been keeping vigil, alongside hordes of media, outside the hospital since last week.

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