LONDON (Reuters) – Kate, wife of British Prince William, was hospitalized on Monday at an early stage of childbirth to give birth to the couple's third child.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple is officially known, drove from their home at Kensington Palace in central London to St. Mary's Hospital in West London, where their other two children, George and Charlotte, were born.
"The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to the St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London this morning early in the work," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The new baby becomes Queen Elizabeth's sixth great-grandson and fifth to the British throne behind siblings Prince George, 4, his two-year-old sister Princess Charlotte, her father William and grandfather and heir apparent Prince Charles.
Williams' youngest brother, Harry, who marries American actress Meghan Markle next month, will drop to sixth place on the list.
Like her previous two pregnancies, Kate, 36, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness that can cause severe nausea and vomiting, requiring extra hydration and nutrients.
Kate's final engagement before birth was on March 22, when she and William attended a series of events in London to celebrate the Commonwealth prior to a meeting of its leaders last week.
Mary, Alice and Victoria are among the favorite names of bookmakers when the baby is a girl, while Albert, Arthur and Fred are the darlings of a boy.
The baby will be born in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's, where maternity packages cost in the region of £ 6,000 ($ 8,400). William, 35, was born in 1
According to tradition, the official announcement of the birth will be made by a note on an easel on the forecourt of the London House of the Queen. Buckingham Palace.
William and Kate met as students at St Andrews University in Scotland. They got married in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 and have since become known around the world.
William and Kate, who lived in North Wales and Norfolk in the east of England, now live in Kensington Palace to allow the prince to devote more time to his grandmother.
Last year, William gave up his ambulance pilot job to focus on his official role after being criticized by British newspapers calling him "work-shy Wills."
However, he was also determined to educate his children and at the same time to protect their privacy, which was very important to him after the death of his mother Car accident of Paris in 1997, when her sedan was rushing to chase paparazzi.
"I think he is taking on much more commitments than before," said royal biographer Claudia Joseph.
"But compared to members of the general public who have full-time jobs, he still has time off to take care of the children, give them a bath, put them to bed, and I think he will Keep doing that, "Joseph said.
The British royals are rarely out of the media, but the baby comes at a time when the Windsors were in the limelight.
On Saturday, William joined the Queen and other senior royals, with the exception of Kate, when the monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday at a television concert.
The Queen also played a prominent role in the meetings of the heads of government of the Commonwealth Government in London last week, where it was revealed that Charles would succeed her as head of the network of mainly former British colonies.
The wedding of William and Kate and the birth of Prince George, who is destined to be a future king, created a worldwide media frenzy. While interest in her third child was more subdued, a large number of photographers and broadcasters gathered outside the hospital in anticipation of the arrival of the new king and some dedicated royal fans.
"We camped out of the hospital for 15 days here," said John Loughrey, 63, from the south of London, wearing a Union Jack romper suit and hat and holding a doll with a crown labeled "Feed" Mom, every few seconds.
"We've been doing this for 21 years, we've been here for George and Charlotte and we'll also be there for the royal wedding," he said, referring to Harry and Meghan Markle.
The birth will give Kate's family another reason to celebrate after Sunday's British media reported that her sister Pippa was pregnant with her first child.
($ 1 = 0.7143 pounds)
Additional coverage by Tom Ball; Arrangement by Guy Faulconbridge and Gareth Jones