Monday, 22 July 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge Has Gone Into Labour {LIVE BLOG}

It's the news we've all been waiting for: the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour! 


Clarence House Twitter Feed

Prince William and Kate travelled by car from Kensington Palace where the couple spent the weekend, to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London accompanied by royal protection officers at 5.45 a.m. this morning. Kate "went into labour naturally, is feeling very well and is progressing naturally". It is understood the Duchess was seen by royal gynaecologist Marcus Setchell before the announcement was made.

Royal photographer Niraj Tanna said "even the protection officers were shaking after they got Kate into St Mary's hospital. One replied 1 nil to us". No doubt the protection officers were delighted to have got Kate safely inside without photos being taken.

Royal photographer Jesal Parshotam/Ikon Pictures broke the news on twitter this morning.

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The excitement on twitter was incredible as evidenced by the tweets below :)


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Kate is giving birth at the internationally renowned Lindo Wing (a place you've all become familiar with in recent weeks, if you're a regular reader), a dedicated private facility at St Mary's which caters for complex pregnancies and deliveries as well as multiple birth. Princes William and Harry were born at the exclusive wing and it seems a perfect choice for the Duchess.


A look at the new artwork in the Lindo Wing by London aritst Julian Opie, one of the first sights Kate would have seen as she entered the wing.

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Suites are available upon request and each one is fitted with a phone, radio, safe fridge and satellite TV. Following Baby Cambridge's arrival, Kate and her visitors can choose from an extensive wine list and enjoy a glass of champagne and a toast.

Imperial Private Healthcare

More from the Official Website:

'You and your visitors can access the internet and you have the choice of a daily newspaper which is delivered to your room each morning throughout your stay. Hotel services are provided by our dedicated team. Our extensive and nutritious menu caters for special dietary, cultural and religious requirements. Tea and coffee are provided throughout the day for you and your guests.'

The Lindo Wing has a dedicated team of maternity support staff and nurses on hand to answer any questions the Duchess may have and to provide reassurance. The wing provides expert neonatal and obstetric care and has been described as having 'modern, consultant-led world-class care' as part of one of the UK's leading teaching hospital groups, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.


Kate is in the safe hands of the Queen's gynaecologist Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing, the surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household along with the support of a midwife, consultant anaesthetist and paediatrician as required. It is understood Mr Setchell (who treated Kate for acute morning sickness last December) is taking the lead for Kate's delivery, assisted by Mr. Farthing.

Once the baby is born, a proclamation signed by doctors who delivered the baby will be swiftly taken to Buckingham Palace and displayed on an easel at the gates. The Palace recently said they wanted to "retain some of the theatre of the notice" and doing this is very much in-keeping with tradition. The Palace have made clear this will not be done until the Queen, senior members of the Royal Family and the Middletons have been informed.

However if the baby is born between 10.30 p.m. and 8.00 a.m, the news will be sent out via press release. The Palace plan to announce the birth via social media shortly afterwards.

It certainly is exciting isn't it?  Please share your excitement and thoughts in the comments below! Good luck Kate :)

LIVE BLOG

8.30 a.m
. It is understood Prince William drove Kate to the hospital this morning. It is under a five minute drive from Kensington Palace to St Mary's Hospital.

8.35 a.m. Watch all the days events as they unfold at The Telegraph's live camera.

The Telegraph

8.38 a.m. A spokesperson for the Lindo Wing said "We are delighted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to give birth here".

8.45 a.m. The press pack assemble outside the Lindo Wing.

@SimonVigar Twitter Feed

8.50 a.m. It's 33 degrees in London with possible thunder storms expected. Another interesting note, if the baby is born before midnight his/her zodiac sign will be Cancer. It was widely reported Carole Middleton said the baby would be a Leo. Just one day off...

9.00 a.m. Royal reporter Richard Palmer shared this via Twitter:

@RoyalReporter Twitter Feed

9.30 a.m. It's certainly getting quite packed outside the Lindo Wing!

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9.35 a.m. Sky News reporter Kate Burley injected a spot of humour into her report "Kate has satellite tv in her room, good morning Your Royal Highness (with thanks to @RoyalKateDebate).

9.45 a.m. Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter remembers the scene at St Mary's when Prince William was born over 31 years ago:

'I wash here 31 years ago when William was born so we have come full circle. You did not have 24-hour news in those days, though there was a very large media presence and the hospital across from the Lindo Wing was just a wall.
William will be at Kate's side comforting her. He will be as concerned as she is. She is going through the agony and he is sharing it. The Middletons might come down but the royals won't because it demands another level of security and the last thing they'll want is to disrupt the hospital'.

9.55 a.m. Royal Commentator Alistair Bruce OBE explains how the news of the royal birth will visit in this Telegraph video.

The Telegraph

10.05 a.m. The Queen is at Windsor and has no public engagements today.

10.10 a.m. If Kate gives birth to a girl, the baby will make history, becoming the first female firstborn of a future monarch to take precedence over a younger brother. The baby would one day be the head of state of 16 Commonwealth countries. Prime Minister David Cameron officially announced this in October 2011.

The Queen issued Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm when Kate was three months pregnant. "All children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of prince or princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles or honour".

10.40 a.m. Prince Minister David Cameron sends the couple his best wishes.

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10.55 a.m. Princess Diana was induced, she arrived at St Mary's at 5 a.m. and gave birth to Prince William at 9 p.m. She left the hospital the following morning and Prince William was introduced to the world. It is thought Kate will stay in hospital for a very short period and will leave through the front door with William and Baby Cambridge, giving the world their first glimpse of the future monarch.


11.15 a.m. Consultant obstetrician Patrick O Brien told The Telegraph that the average length of a labour for a first time mother is 12 hours.

'About 12 hours is the average, sometimes quicker, sometimes slower, but that's what you have to budget for. The average weight of a baby born around its due date is 3.7 kilos (8.2lbs). What's more important than weight is if a baby has been growing normally. We really don't mind whether babies are big or small or average, but we want to see that babies are growing along their own lines'.

11.20 a.m. It is not thought we will be given the baby's name (if William and Kate have chosen one) when the birth announcement is made.

12.00 p.m. Charles and Camilla are in Yorkshire for two days and currently have no plans to change their schedule. When asked about the royal baby's imminent arrival during an engagement this morning The Prince of Wales said he had "absolutely no idea".

12.05 p.m. So much excitement and positivity expressed in your comments over the past few hours. Many thanks to all of you for contributing. There are a tremendous number of people all over the world who truly wish the couple nothing but the best and it's splendid to see. Let's take a look at one of my favourite photos from the last time we saw Kate in an official capacity, at Trooping The Colour last month.


12.10 p.m. According to Sky News, the Duchess undertook 19 engagements whilst pregnant.


12.15 p.m. Press and Police are struggling to contend with the heat outside St Mary's.

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12.20 p.m. There are photos of the Cambridges protection officers at the hospital this morning in this Mail Online article.

12.33 p.m. How are you all following the big news apart from checking in on the blog? I'm watching Sky News, and the coverage is fantastic. They're devoting the majority of airtime to it.

12.40 p.m. The Telegraph's front page from thirty one years ago - June 22 1982.

The Telegraph

1.40 p.m. William and Kate's private secretaries, Rebecca Deacon and Miguel Head are at the hospital. One of William's protection officers just returned to the Lindo Wing with a large bag of supplies from Marks & Spencer, a laptop and an ipod.

4:40 p.m. The Duchess has been in hospital for eleven hours.

5.00 p.m. Welcome to those of you who are just joining us and thank you to those who have been checking in throughout the day. We haven't had an official update since this morning but it would appear all is continuing to "progress normally". Do you think Kate will have a boy or a girl? :)


5.20p.mThe Evening Standard has written a piece on the photographer who broke the story this morning. Jesal Parshotam was among a crowd of paparazzi outside St Mary's when he noticed two black cars arriving at the back entrance, when a BMW people carrier arrived at the Lindo Wing carrying William and Kate.

The photographer had decided in advance not to photograph Her Royal Highness out of respect.

'We had decided in advance we were not going to take a photo of her. I made that decision - she's a woman in labour. I just wanted to photograph the commotion of a convoy of cars. To take a picture of her would have been overstepping the mark.
 The protection officers jumped out and they all rushed in. It was a very swift manoeuvre. The Duchess went in and the cars were gone very quickly - within a minute. That was it.

5.35 p.m. Keep an eye on the main entrance if you're following the live cams. The first indication Kate has given birth will come when a press officer leaves through the front door.

@RegalEyes Twitter Feed

5.45 p.m. Royal photographer Tim Rooke shares more on this via his Twitter Feed.

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5.55 p.m. A taxi driver has just driven past the Lindo Wing hotting his horn. He had a message in his cab "Congrats Will and Kate".

6.00 p.m. The road outside the Lindo Wing clears. Will we see visitors arriving/departing?

@SkyNewsRoyal Twitter Feed

6.05 p.m. CNN's David Wilkinson shared a look inside the Evening Standard. A mere glimpse at the enormous press coverage we will see over the next 24 hours.

@DavidWilkinsonCNN Twitter Feed

6.40 p.m. Prince Charles said earlier today "I'm very grateful indeed for the kind wishes for my rather slowly approaching grandfatherhood at the moment".

6.45 p.m. Kate has now been in labour for thirteen hours. If the Duchess does not give birth before 10.30 p.m. we won't have an announcement before 8 a.m. after Her Majesty is informed.

6.50 p.m. The Duchess entered the hospital via the Mary Stanford entrance and not through the Cambridge entrance as was initially reported.

St Mary's Official Website

7.10 p.m. Baby Cambridge will become third in line to the British throne. Take a look at the Daily Mail infographic below to see how the order of succession will look once he/she is born.

Daily Mail

7.10 p.m. Once again, lovely to see so much positive interaction on the blog. It's been a hectic and very enjoyable day! One reader commented she plans to have a cup of tea and cake whilst enjoying the coverage, I think you should all treat yourselves to the same. We could be here for a while :)

What's Cooking America

7.20 p.m. As you all know Kate thoroughly enjoys her time volunteering with the Scouts. It would seem fitting one of the first gifts to arrive for the baby at the hospital is from the scouts - a baby carrier which reads "HRH on Board" :)

@SkyNewsRoyal Twitter Feed

7.35 p.m. The Daily Mail said a royal source has "confirmed the Duchess was overdue". Apparently fewer than one in twenty women give birth on their "due date".

7.50 p.m. According to Sky News, all is quiet outside the Middleton home with no visible police presence surrounding the property. It is thought the family are in London awaiting news on the birth. Meanwhile, the residents of Bucklebury are incredibly excited and planning celebrations.

More from Get Reading:

'While the world eagerly awaits the arrival of the Royal Baby, the usually sleepy village of Bucklebury is buzzing with international excitement.
 John Haley, owner of The Old Boot Inn in Stanford Dingley, where Kate's family are regulars, is planning a party once the future King or Queen arrives. Mr Haley said: "We've been doing a sweep stake to raise money for charity and it has been pretty split, but I am going to say a girl. I wish them all the best".

8.00 p.m. Looks like we might have some news shortly?

Camilla Tominey Twitter Feed

8.05 p.m. There's been a change in terms of the birth announcement. The first indication the baby has been born will now come through an email to the press and NOT by a member of the Palace press office leaving the front door of the Lindo Wing with a bulletin. We don't know how much information the email will contain, hopefully some of the theatre of the announcement can still be retained. Officials say they've made this change so the announcement can be made as "quickly and simply" as possible.

@RoyalReporter Twitter Feed

8.15 p.m. Camilla Tominey said "press release confirming birth expected shortly".

8.20 p.m. I think it's quite possible the royal baby has been born. More to come very soon...

8.30  p.m. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy Congratulations William and Kate :)

Kate safely gave birth to a baby boy at 4.25 p.m. today. The baby weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. Mother and baby are both doing well and remain in hospital overnight.

8.35 p.m. Ed Perkins just left the Lindo Wing with the notice of birth!

8.40 p.m. The Palace said the baby's will be announced in due course.

8.45 p.m. Prince William called the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry earlier this evening. He also made sure the Middleton family were fully informed. The Palace confirmed the baby was delivered naturally. It is thought Kate was in labour for at least 11 hours.

8.50 a.m. The announcement has been place on the easel at Buckingham Palace by Alisa Anderson, the Queen's press secretary.


Caroline Alton Twitter Feed

9.20 p.m. Royal gynaecologists Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing have left the Lingo Wing. Mr. Setchell said "Wonderful baby. Beautiful baby".

9.26 p.m. The BBC reports Prince William is expected to spend the night with his wife and son :)

21.50 A short statement from Prince William "We could not be happier".

270 comments:

  1. YAYYY!!! OMG SO excited!! There's no way I can sleep now (not even midnight here on US West Coast) Blessings to Kate for a quick & safe delivery:) Here we go Baby Cambridge!!

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    1. Same here! I am up in Cali waiting for baby to arrive! OMG! Catherine is in labour! Yessss! The day is here! Hip hip horrray!!!

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  2. This is so exciting. I am really glad I happened to be awake and on twitter when the news first hit, since I'm way over on the east coast. Lucky I don't have anything to do today...I plan to be glued to twitter and this blog! (My husband thinks I'm nuts!) Hopefully it won't be very much longer before Baby Cambridge finally makes his/her entrance (I do so hope it's a her)!

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  3. I have been following from California, USA and I'm so excited for the Royal Family! I cannot wait to the hear news!

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  4. All the best to Kate & William for a safe and smooth labour and a healthy Baby Cambridge.

    SO excited, can't wait!

    PPx

    P.S. Charlotte you're like lightening!

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  5. This is it! Can´t believe it after all this waiting.... Hope everything goes well! What an exciting time for Wills and Kate!!! And for all of us!!

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  6. OMG so excited..

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  7. Huzzah!! Praying for a safe delivery and a healthy baby!!

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  8. I read it here first...a couple of minutes before it popped up on the BBC website. It shows how reliable a source you are!
    Very excited about the news, can't wait to hear what RB will be called.
    Thanks again for sharing the news so quickly!

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  9. Theresa, from Paris22 July 2013 07:48

    May all go well !!!! God bless !

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  10. We break it twitter has it and now im reading blog im rushing i will no longer sleeping im not now any minute will pop out soon i wish this healthy baby and peacefull delivery from the duchess

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  11. Im so exctited by the news...reporters can sleep and take a holiday im waiting for official photos im hoping for hystria we are all going to rest now

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  12. Yay, the news we were all waiting for! I got up very quickly today when I saw the rumours on twitter in bed and it turned out to be true.

    Hopefully all goes well and by the end of the day (or earlier), Baby Cambridge will be there.

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  13. Best wishes for safe delivery!!!

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  14. So completely thrilled! Best wishes that the delivery goes smoothly.

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  15. I am so excite Charlotte!! I am praying for her. I will not sleep now until the baby is born!!! God bless him or her.

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  16. I am so excited and pray for a safe and healthy birth! This is such an amazing time for England they are proud and loyal and this will result in a tremendous celebration!!! Congratulations and Gods best wishes upon the Royal family and England!! I wish I were home to be a part of this celebration!!!

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  17. God bless Wills & Kate- Your little one is almost here. Princess Diana is surely smiling & awaiting to share your happiness at the birth of her Grandchild. We know you can feel the presence of your Mummy.

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  18. Welcome to this World little one. You are so loved by all. God bless Wills & Kate.
    The world has been waiting patiently.
    You know the Angels in Heaven have gathered with "Diana" to see your smiling faces.

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  19. I wish her smooth and quick delivery and hope she is able to cut off mentally from all the hysteria and pressure outside and have it as any other mum! Best luck Kate!

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  20. God bless Kate & Wills. Your lovely Mum is watching from Heaven Wills. You have made her so very happy.
    The best to you & your bundle of pure joy.

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  21. Claudia, Austria22 July 2013 08:22

    Very excited about these good news - I'm happy to know (as I understood it) that Kate managed to get into the hospital without photos being taken. Now I'm hoping for a good delivery and a healthy baby :)! Not long now and we'll finally know if it's a girl or a boy.
    I have to attend the funeral of my neighbour later today and these news certainly will cheer me up a little.

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  22. Yippie...wonderful news! Sending peace and love to the Duchess, Duke, and their new little prince or princess! This will be such an exciting experience to watch unfold! Thanks for the terrific writing and cheers to England!!
    Aloha from Maui, Hawaii

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  23. I hope she will have a safe&quick delivery! :) OMG, I am sooooo excited!!! I have a lot of work to do today, I do not know how I am gonna handle it!!! :):)

    I wish her and William all the best! :)

    Kadry from Hungary

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  24. Best luck from Germany, Kate! And thank you Charlotte! <3

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  25. I hope she will have a safe&quick delivery! :) OMG, I am sooooo excited!!! I have a lot of work to do today, I do not know how I am gonna handle it!!! :):)

    I wish her and William all the best! :)

    Kadry from Hungary

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  26. Thanks for all the updates, Charlotte! :o) You always have the fastest and *best* info!

    Julie

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  27. God bless duchess Kate! Best wishes for a safe delivery! I'm glad to read that William is by her side. Soon their baby will be there. YAY! That's wonderful news!

    Monica, France

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  28. I'm soooooooooo excited :)Hope it's going to be a Little "Victoria Elisabeth Diana Carole"

    Greetings from Austria :)

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  29. So exciting! I am so glad I was awake to hear the news. I won't be able to sleep now. Praying for the Duchess to have an easy, quick and safe birth to a healthy baby and that she is surround by those she loves and that no one invades her privacy in the hospital. Can't wait to hear if it's a boy or girl. A girl would be very cool given the new laws of succession. Exciting!!!
    Shayna from Florida, USA

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    1. Melanie from California22 July 2013 17:23

      I agree with you, Shayna! Sending lots of prayers for a healthy, happy Baby Cambridge. :) And wishing Kate a pleasant stay.

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  30. Jean from Lancs.22 July 2013 08:40

    I pray that all goes well.
    I must say I feel how lucky the country is to have Catherine--she has remained
    so calm throughout all the fuss. So glad she managed to get to the hospital without being chased by a stream of photographers.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.22 July 2013 15:31

      Jean I agree with you, your country is so fortunate to have such a special lady in Catherine.

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    2. Melanie from California22 July 2013 17:21

      Jean, I had once assured you that it cools down at night due to the Delta Breeze from the Sacramento Delta. I was sadly mistaken this time. Our heatwave was unbearable for awhile. I think when the thermometer gets over 100, there is no breeze to provide relief. The temperature is lower now, in the 90s, but still no cool breeze. I see that your beautiful country is in the middle of its heat wave. Find every way you can to stay cool. Hopefully, cooler temperatures will return soon!

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  31. I am so excited and pray for a safe and healthy birth! Thank you Charlotte!!!

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  32. Now I wonder if the baby will be Cancer or Leo... If Kate was admitted at 5.30am I suppose Cancer, but who knows! However I wish her a safe and smooth labour and delivery! It's obviously the most important thing! William and Kate parents...oh my God!!

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  33. Hurrah! Fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly and that she has a safe delivery. Really enjoying the superb coverage on this blog. Excellent work and many thanks!!

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  34. Robin Indiana USA
    I awoke to thunder storm so thought I'd check radar on my phone and the BBC logo had popped up. Began reading just wanted to shout over this thunder Kate is in labor so excited. Then hopped over to your blog Charlotte hoping you might have more news. I hope she does not labor for many hours but if she is only at 1cm could be awhile. Hoping our new princess won't take too long now to see mommy and daddy they must be thrilled and nervous all at the same time. I truly give them my blessing for a smooth delivery. Now a family of three. Congratulations. ENGLAND!!!!!

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  35. Thanks Charlotte for your live blog today, it's so excited... now the day has come. Good to hear that William is with her.

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  36. Well done charlotte all of us well be suddenly exctited over the news i hope she deliver safe and healthy baby he or she is lucky to have parents will raise him or her in normal state hey charlotte what are your plans after baby will born i hope you have good sleep after this exctiment al about

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  37. Thanks so much for letting us know, Charlotte! I live on the West Coast of Canada and they let us know via the 11:30 PM news that the Royal Baby was on it's way! What a long wait! I wish the Duchess the best during her labour and a safe and healthy delivery. It's is 1:33 am here in Vancouver, so much as I'd like to stay up all night, I'm afraid I'll have to wait til morning to hear more about Baby Cambridge!

    Thanks again Charlotte for your wonderful blog!

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  38. Interesting comment from Arbiter about the Middletons. I wonder when/if they will be arriving, and if we'll even know about it? I would think Carole and/or Pippa would try to be there. Maybe they already managed to sneak in?

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  39. OMG. I'm thrilled! I pray for a safe and smooth delivery.

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  40. Robin Indiana USA
    Charlotte is it usually that cool in the morning 33degrees chilly. Does it warm up quickly? This is summer is this how it is? I guess here at home we would be scraping ice off our car windows. Just wondering why we wait.

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    1. Hello Robin, that is terribly warm here, I'm afraid we're used to a much, much cooler climate :)

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    2. Robin,
      I think the 33 degrees refers to Centigrade, not the Fahrenheit measurement used in the US.

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    3. It is 33 Celsius.....too complicated for me to figure out what that is in Fahrenheit - there is a baby on the way to think about! (I think it is about 92 Fahrenheit)

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    4. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 11:45

      Yes, it refers to 33° Celsius, which is quite hot! (particularly in the morning)
      I will probably never understand how to convert that, but according to an online converter it is 91,4° Fahrenheit ;)
      My sister is in Italy right now and that is about the same temperature that they have there... to have that kind of heat in England is certainly very unusual. I never experienced anything close to it when I was there, quite the opposite actually!

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA22 July 2013 13:28

      Charlotte, that's Texas heat you are experiencing! I am SO sorry! It's hard to bear here, but I know our bodies here get used to it. It must be terribly hard for the Brits who are not used to it! Glad Kate is tucked safely away in an air conditioned hospital!!!

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    6. Canadian Friend22 July 2013 14:51

      SOOOOOOOOOO excited!!! I hope Kate comes through okay!

      Just to help any American friends-if you hear a temperature in Celsius, take the number, double it , then add 30. This should give you an approximate Fahrenheit equivalent i.e. 33 Celsius (33 + 33 = 66 + 30 = 96 Fahrenheit) Very hot!

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    7. Robin Indiana USA
      Sorry Charlotte I am so used to F that I did not even think that you use the C system. So sorry it is so hot. I hope you have A/C to help you through this special day. Hoping for baby soon.

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  41. Fabulous coverage Charlotte, thank you so much. I am in work and have your blog open for constant sneak views! Above all, I hope that the baby is delivered safely and healthily but I think it would be great if it was a girl so that she could be the first female monarch to succeed as first born rather than through there being no male heir. Girl power!

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  42. hi charlotte are their live feed will be going im try go back to sleep now sleep now im live feed telegraph see what happen

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    1. Hello yes their is a live feed at The Telegraph!

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  43. here we go! :) Come on Baby Cambridge! Thank you Charlotte :)

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  44. yes there is nothing happen police are inside outside the lindo wing keeping up

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  45. Yes, the news broke on the West coast of the US soon as it was breaking there.. we had it about 3.5 hrs ago now..we have had teams of reporters there with the others for weeks now. all the major TV networks here have had top level journalists camped out - er showing up from their hotels for 'normal' air time while the prod. crew camps out front of hospital. It's been updated with news blurbs about 4 times in a 4 hr morning new program(s) - and the 24/7 news stations mentioned it every hr pretty much all last week. You would think they were our royals having a child the amount of publicity this is been given the US.

    Glad for them baby is on the way now. Hoping if she really does want to have natural childbirth it goes well for her. It's not a path everyone can manage to take. Lots of options as the process moves along that still have one completely with it and in full participation.

    Here's to 10 fingers, 10 toes and all in order with baby and mom feeling great. Maybe we will know by noonish pacific coast time. Hopefully for her it's not more than a 10 hr labor...and would think they had her come in earlier than normal just due to need to sneak in - and not wanting anything to be too rushed for anyone involved.

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  46. According to the Astrological Association, the Sun enters the constellation of Leo today (July 22) at 15:56 Greenwich Mean Time. If the baby is born after 4 pm today, that makes her/him a Leo, on the cusp, meaning she/he has characteristics of both Cancer and Leo. William I believe is also considered a cusp baby, with characteristics of both Cancer and Gemini.

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    1. Oops, England changes to British Summer Time, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. If baby is born after 5 pm, will be a Leo!

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  47. Kkushy in sunny South Africa22 July 2013 11:04

    I read it here first charlotte....thank u for ur lovely post. Its a gorjus day today, perfect for a pretty lil princess to be born. I'm so excited.... KEep up the good work here. N don't forget to rest charlotte...
    Loves Kushy

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    1. Hello Everyone and Well done Charlotte. Brilliant post as usual will enjoy reading the live post fantastic idea. You look after us so well.

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  48. good luck duchess kate! remember, when the labour gets tough, there is always epidural.

    best,
    faw from kuala lumpur

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  49. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 11:50

    This is so exciting :)
    I hope Kate has a speedy and safe delivery and a healthy baby!

    Thanks for the live blog, Charlotte! You are doing a truly amazing job with this blog!

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  50. Wow! That's awesome! I've been checking this blog for the past one month for at least a dozen times a day just to hear this news! And I can't believe it's finally happening! Congrats Britain! :)
    Have a safe delivery Kate! :)
    Can't wait to see Baby Cambridge! I hope it's a girl! :) :)

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    1. I hope its a girl too!!!i hope for a safe and natural delivery!!xoxo

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  51. O.M.G. I'm so excited that bay Cambridge is on the way...congratulations Kate and William.

    I love your work and i'm on live following this blog.

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  52. OMG I'm so excited! Let's hope the baby will be here before 6 pm because I have to work tonight and I don't want to miss all the fun!

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  53. Fifi from Texas. USA22 July 2013 12:21

    Yay!!! So exciting. Praying for a healthy and safe delivery. How sweet that William drove her to the hospital like any anxious dad-to-be!

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  54. It's about 7:30 in the States, and I am SHAKING while getting ready for work! How will I concentrate all day?! Best of luck to the beautiful couple!

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  55. Read It here first, Charlotte! For some reason I awoke at 3:20am Arizona time and checked my phone. Saw the announcement... Now I am watching the Telegraph live cam and reading your blog. I am so, so excited and happy for the Cambridges and hope all goes well. I have three young children and remember the happiness of their arrivals! Such great news and I must admit I am hoping for a little baby girl. Hugs to all!
    Kim from Arizona

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  56. Harlee from Florida:
    Have you ever seen an uglier, plainer, more comfortable, sterile, operating room-styled, cold labor room ever? Here in US, we know how to make a new mother feel special, with a beautifully appointed, colorful, cozy suite with all the comforts of a hotel, and all the warmth of being home. Doesn't Royalty deserve at least that? I'd rather give birth in an ambulance!

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    1. Harlee - I think that's a bit overblown, if you don't mind me saying so. The room may not be like a hotel but it's hardly ugly. It's also a lot nicer and certainly larger than most delivery rooms you would get on the NHS. The medical care on the Lindo wing is supposed to be amongst the best in the world and I'd rather have that and a plainer delivery room than a hotel like suite personally.

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    3. Harlee...I gave birth in the US, in one of the best teaching hospitals in NY, and I can tell you that my room didn't look any better than Kate's. Her's looks pretty large and like it has a couch, etc. And honestly, when I was in hard labor (which was for about 20 hours), the very last thing I cared about was how my room looked. All I wanted was that baby out!! And if Kate's experiencing that same type of labor, I'm sure she feels the same right about now. Having my husband and mom there were the only things that I needed :-)

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    4. Wow I'd love to see the rooms in the USA, believe me kates suite is luxurious to the normal nhs standards! How long to USA mothers stay in hospital? Uk mums if mum and baby ok only few hours.

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    5. For a regular birth, they let you stay a day or two, depending on what time you're admitted. For a C-Section, they let you stay for 5 days, but by day 4 I was ready to go.

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  57. How exciting! Our best here in Maine, USA, to the Duchess & Duke of Cambridge!

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  58. I cannot believe that Royalty must be subjected to the most stark, empty, cold, uninviting, sterile-looking room with a mere hospital bed and couch instead of what we have here in US available to all "common people:" A suite that looks like the Honeymoon suite at the Ritz! Beautifully decorated, lots of color, throw pillows, window treatments, magnificently comfy bed, lovely furniture, media area with computer, internet, etc, desk, dining area, separate (private)labour room and sitting room (suite) with refrigerator, etc, all the comforts of home with all the perks of a grand hotel. You'd never even know you were in hospital. Compared to where the Dutchess is giving birth, I'd rather use an ambulance!

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    1. You seem to have had a very luxurious experience, Harlee. My co-worker who is originally from New York just laughed and said you must have excellent health insurance as her experience and that of her acquaintances wasn't quite so fancy. Surely the most important thing is excellent medical care and not having window treatments and a media area?

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    2. As an American I wince at people who portray the US system as better. There are some high end hospitals but many or most far worse than the picture. The important thing is the quality of the staff not the pictures on the wall. I have worked in hospitals all my life and the best hospital such as SF General to saved lives from the Asiana plane crash in their trauma center, is low frill but will excellent staff.

      When one pushes who cares about the drapes, just want it over!

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      My third child was born at a normal County hospital and the care I received there was better than the high end hospital that I delivered my third child in. Having a gentle and kind nurse was so more important than the filet mignon offered at the more expensive hospital.
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  59. Kate, Texas, USA22 July 2013 13:24

    HOLY COW!!! The one night I sleep through the night! ACK!!!! I was desperately hoping for a July 22 birthday!!!! It's my son's birthday, so we have LOTS to celebrate here today!!!

    William and Kate, I a SO excited and overjoyed for you! Today will be life-changing and one of the BEST days of your lives! Enjoy ever minute (might not be as easy for Kate) and hold each other close! You will be amazing parents!

    Baby C....FINALLY! Your public awaits you! Can't wait to catch a glimpse of you!

    Are there any British readers that would be willing to pick up a couple newspapers for me when the baby arrives...The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun???? I know it will be fronyt page news and many will run special Royal editions. I would cover all cost of purchase, shipping, plus more. I REALLY want to have a copy of the papers on the historic moment! Anyone willing to help??? Thank you!!!

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    1. Happy birthday to your son, Kate. How exciting for you (finger crossed!!) to share the day. :)

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    2. Kate!! Just last nught before i went to bed, i saw the video clippings of Will and Kate's wedding, and today morning I woke up to the great news!!!cant wait!!!xoxo

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA22 July 2013 15:03

      Happy Birthday to your son, Kate. You'd hoped for this date all along! Now what name/sex did you predict?

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      Kate,
      What dou tou want and where to send them?

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA22 July 2013 18:51

      Oh Jean, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I'm most familiar with The Telegraph, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. I would be grateful for anything! Just looking for great coverage of Royals and great pictures of the historic moment! Again, I am more than willing and happy to cover all costs plus more. Please let me know. Thank you SO much!!! You're the BEST!!!

      My son is having a GREAT day! We have just celebrated him over a McDonald's lunch (his choice) and we are headed to the birthday party!!! SO much to celebrate!!!

      Lynn, at first I thought boy, but now I am thinking girl. She will beautiful like her mummy! Weight 8 lbs 1 oz, 21 inches long, born at 8:45 pm London time. We'll see how my predictions go!!! SO EXCITED!!!!

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  60. I'm with you Charlotte - had Sky news on all morning...I'd just checked your blog and the news broke - I couldn't believe it. Sky have been great (I'm normally a BBC Bunny too!) but my box was about to go into Auto mode (haven't changed chanel for SO long) lol!!

    Baby Cambridge must be well on the way now as we're 7 hours from arriving at the hospital, so exciting!

    PPx

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  61. I have a feeling the actual delivery suite will be nicer than the one pictured here. We just aren't privileged to see it. I totally understand that some things in their lives need to be kept private. This morning, I just heard a reporter saying that Kate's labor might be a result of the full moon last night. The media is running out of things to talk about.

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  62. It boggles the mind that some people still have the need to leave nasty remarks in response to the DM article about Kate being in labor. How sad and unnecessary. If THIS doesn't prove that it's a combination of mean-spiritedness and envy, I don't know what does. And I feel sorry for any child or creature these people may be in a position to nurture.

    Personally, I am continuing to share in the joy and excitement on this happy day!

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  63. Best news to wake up to on a Monday period! I'm predicting a girl and Alexandra Diana?

    I remember when my son was born in December and it was by far the most exhausting and wonderful day I've ever had. I can only imagine what is going on but I hope she has the tv on, that would be such a funny distraction to have!

    Best of luck to the Cambridge family from the States!

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  64. Should the baby be born under the sign of Cancer it will be interesting because I believe William was born during the first hours of the sign of Cancer and the baby will arrive during the last hours of the sign of Cancer.

    Wish we had Sky News here to follow in California. But at least it's cooler than in London because the fog is in San Francisco. Assume Lindo Wing is air-conditioned.

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  65. this so exciting one hour its 44 message i hope she deliver faster im glad and really exhausted about this live blog... im hoping its a girl

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  66. Elizabeth from Czech Republic
    Dear William and Kate, we salute you, think of you, we wish you a peaceful birth and only luck with baby to be born at a very powerful Full Moon Leo / Aquarius and the sun is in Leo, and even the strong influence of Cancer. They are born very enlightened man, sensitive, with huge charisma, with an incredible influence not only in England, as was Princess Diana. With love <3<3<3

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  67. Any news yet???? Hope all is well

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  68. Oh man ... I can't stay up any longer tonight, here in Australia .. or I'll be late to work in the morning!!

    Hello Princess Alexandra!

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  70. I've been reading this blog for ages and this is the first time I've commented: I'm so thrilled to experience this day with such a warm and enthusiastic community! I'm trying not to even look at other news sources, because I want to hear the exciting news of Baby Cambridge's arrival here first - thank you, Charlotte, for all your excellent coverage!

    Hoping for a safe arrival for Baby Cambridge! (And also admittedly hoping that Baby Cambridge is a future Queen....)

    Fondly,
    Non-HRH Kate

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  71. Elizabeth from Czech Republic
    Dear William and Kate, we salute you, think of you, we wish you a peaceful birth and only luck with baby to be born at a very powerful Full Moon Leo / Aquarius and the sun is in Leo, and even the strong influence of Cancer. They are born very enlightened man, sensitive, with huge charisma, with an incredible influence not only in England, as was Princess Diana. With love <3<3<3

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  72. The day you become a mother is by far the best day of life. Long, exhausting, painful, blissful, and full of wonder and love. I hope she is blissfully unaware of the chaos outside. I hope Catherine can have that moment when you look in your husband's eyes and know that your lives have been forever changed. You never forget that look.

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  73. Best wishes to baby n mummy. From Singapore

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  74. Hi from Tennessee!!! Is there a London good website that has continuous coverage of just the baby watch? Our news channels are actually trying to discuss other things! I have a feeling Y'alls won't try to talk about other things. I have two children and that room looks pretty similar to what I delivered in! Delivering a baby isn't rocket science!

    Thanks.

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  75. cindy from Toronto22 July 2013 14:49

    What a great Monday this is! I did a last check of the blog last night before going to bed then for some reason woke at 5:15 east coast time and decided to look again and there was the news! London is having the heat we had last week in Toronto, quite unbearable, I too am glad Kate is in hospital in the air conditioning. Hoping for a lovely Princess of Cambridge.
    lots of fun reading the comments from all over. Thanks for the live blog Charlotte!

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  76. So excited for Kate and William. Even though they are royals, they're still experiencing the most awesome thing together that any couple can ever have. Becoming a parent changes the relationship you and your partner have forever...but in the best way possible. They seem like they will be very caring, loving parents.

    May God bless them, and the new little Prince or Princess. Can't wait to see him or her!! :-)

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  77. Did you notice the moon is going to be full moon today? Nothing better than the force of the moon changing to get into labour. Wish them all the best

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    1. Please someone enlighten me about force of full moon for labour. Never heard this b4 but can remember my 2nd daughter was born on a full moon eve! It kept waking me up once if had her as was shining in my eyes through window!! Having had an epidural I couldn't move as numb.

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  78. Kate, Texas, USA22 July 2013 15:19

    Wondering if Baby C has arrived??? There's a mass of police outside now lining up???? Charlotte, anything????

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  79. So very excited for the Royal Baby!!! Wishing Wills and Kate all the best for a smooth delivery and a healthy prince or princess! Don't know how I am going to concentrate at work today! Keep up the good work Charlotte - we love your posts! <3

    Rhonda from Wisconsin

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  80. Btw, why is she not using NHS when the NHS is just as super? They could have set a sign for NHS, but no.

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  81. Sarah from Calif.22 July 2013 15:28

    Whoopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! !!!!!!
    Well I was going to go shopping with my mom but, I think that will have to wait. Best wishes and prayers for WK&BC.

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  82. Are you a jornalist???you are awesome...
    From brazil

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  83. Is it true that Kate wants a water birth?????????

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  84. Oh, my God!!!
    It is today!!
    Good luck to Catherine!! I'll be praying here!!

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  85. I'm so glad I read the news first on your blog Charlotte, really hope you're ok! I've been dying to comment all day but couldn't. It has been funny watching the news coverage since I came home from work as I think they are running out of original things to say! Really hope everything is going smoothly. My gosh it's hot!

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  86. Thanks so much for these updates!

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  87. I'm still sooo excited, checking the blog every few minutes during the whole day. Won't be too long anymore I hope :). All the best for Kate!!! Silvi from Vienna

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  88. Fifi from Texas USA22 July 2013 16:35

    How fitting that Baby Cambridge entered through the Cambridge entrance of St. Mary's?!!!

    I'm at work but checking every 30 minutes for an update. So glad to be in the virtual "waiting room" with Charlotte and fans from around the world!

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    1. "How fitting that Baby Cambridge entered through the Cambridge entrance of St. Mary's?!!!"

      - so true, Fifi!

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  89. I have been running around doing my no-kill shelter work for three straight days and had already given myself off to relax. I will spend every minute glued to my laptop. I will take my iPhone into the bathroom with me!

    I saw nothing wrong with that delivery room; she isn't that for a vacation. m In fact, it looks very like the one I had 26 years ago. Also, it might just be an image of one of the delivery rooms there and not the actual one Kate is in. I'm sure there will be some that whine about her deluxe accommodation.

    I am just about to pop with excitement and I am still hoping for a girl.




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  90. LKC in South Carolina22 July 2013 16:44

    DARN. I forgot to use my name on my post just now.

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  91. Beatrix in New York22 July 2013 17:06

    Wow! *The day* is finally here. How exciting :)
    I just read your last update:
    - - - 16:40 p.m. The Duchess has been in hospital for eleven hours.- - -
    WOW, 11 hours!!!! I can imagine all the media frenzy + I did click on a live feed :p

    I read an interesting interview of the photographer who "broke the news."
    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/duchess-of-cambridge-baby-the-photographer-who-broke-the-news-8726347.html

    My first thoughts:
    * Why no pictures of Kate? Why just the cars? but when I read that he CHOSE not to photograph her since she is a woman in labor, I guess I wouldn't like pictures of me in that position, much less if they are to be seen worldwide. Quite considerate on their part :) Nice.
    * He said in 1 minute it was all over. Wow, that surprised me too.
    * I have read several times now about the effect of the full moon. I'll have to read into that. I find it interesting.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil22 July 2013 17:17

      Beatrix, when I was at Med School I helped deliver 11 (!!!) babies during a night of Full Moon!

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    2. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 17:21

      Wow this is great!! I have been feeling quite bad for Kate, with all those photographers wanting to snap a picture of her... I think it is just great that the one who actually saw her decided not to photograph her. It was the right thing to do!
      No one would like to have photographs of themselves taken when they are in that position. Yes, she is a public figure, but there is also a line that the press shouldn't cross (unfortunately they often do...). She's entitled to her privacy and I'm very happy that this photographer chose to respect that :)

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    3. I'm with you, Louisa - *very* impressed with Mr. Parshotum's decision.

      Julie

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    4. Beatrix in New York22 July 2013 17:58

      Ana B. from Brazil, :O 11?! Wow. So I guess it's not just an urban legend?

      Louisa, Austria, Yes, I thought it was really nice of him. I hope this makes it to Will's ears. I think we all know of his dislike/hate towards the press/paps. This just shows how, even though they have to make a living, and part of it is annoying the rich & famous, some will draw lines and respect :)

      I forgot to mention. I feel so sorry for all the press outside the hospital. We just had the most terrible heat wave last week (NY) and you hardly saw people outside. We all wanted to be locked in with AC and shade :P and they have been there since July 1st and from what I read, it's pretty darn hot today :S I would not want to be there.

      Oh, and all the people outside of Buckingham Palace!!! They surprised me too. I wonder if that happened when P. William was born?

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    5. The photographer could have made the deal of his life with this picture taken.. Very noble not to photograph the Duchess :-)

      I think it won't be long now until the baby is born and we see the press secretary to leave the hospital.
      And tomorrow we will most likely see Will & Kate and their little baby leaving the hospital!

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  92. Ana B. from Brazil22 July 2013 17:10

    Where is Pauline??
    This is what we've been hoping for 9 months!!
    Pauline, where are you, my friend? Come share this exciting moment with us, my friend!!

    I can't believe I'll be working at the time the baby will probably be born! I'll leave to the hospital in about 3 hours! So I hope Baby Cambridge could help me and be born while I'm at home! :)

    Guuys I'm freaking out here :)

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      Ana I'm freaking out too. I'm sure Pauline is beside herself!

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    2. Funny I was expecting pauline to be here too!! Maybe she's flown to London! Lol

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    3. Pauline where are you????please come out here and join the rest of us!!!!!

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    4. Hope all is well with you, Pauline!

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      Pauline I hope you are okay this is the big day! We miss you.

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  93. My name guesses- Boy: Edward Phillip Michael Spencer. Girl: Charlotte Frances Mary Elizabeth

    Just had to put that on record somewhere. Fabulous job with the live blogging!

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  94. Melanie from California22 July 2013 17:16

    This is SO exciting!!!!! :) :) :)

    Thanks for your great post, Charlotte. It is fun to follow the timeline of today with William's birth in 1982 :)

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  95. If it's a boy I want Philip & Egbert in the mix of names.
    http://www.hastheroyalbabybeenbornyet.com/

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  96. If it's a boy I want Philip & Egbert in the mix of names.
    http://www.hastheroyalbabybeenbornyet.com/

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  97. If it's a boy I want Philip & Egbert in the mix of names.
    http://www.hastheroyalbabybeenbornyet.com/

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  98. OOOhhhh I'm SO excited!!! I just pray Kate will have a safe delivery and the baby will be healthy and fine! Can't wait to see whether it's a little Prince or Princess! It's amazing how we've all been on the edge of our seats waiting for this news and now it's finally here!

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  99. Just after 1:00 pm here on the east coast of Nova Scotia. I have this blog up on the second monitor screen of my computer while I work away on transcribing some music. Thanks so much for providing this live, Charlotte - it's such fun to follow the progress of this wonderful event with you and all the other blog readers! Lee from Canada

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  100. Greetings Charlotte!

    I discovered your blog a little while ago and ever since, I check it several times a day. I have never commented before, but today is as good a day as any!

    Thanks for all that you do; I love keeping up with everything going on with the British Royal Family and in particular, Catherine. I watched Diana's wedding when I was a little girl and have always been fascinated by royals, probably because we don't have them here in the USA.

    As for this blog's fans, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments and knowing that others share the same interest in the BRF. I think Catherine is just beautiful and love her simple, sophisticated style. I am so happy for her and for William. I know Diana would be proud and have complete faith that they will be amazing parents!

    My thoughts:
    Hoping for a baby girl. Given the change in rules of succession, it would be fitting. My sister's name is Alexandra and I think it's a very beautiful name (albeit a little long).
    Whether it's a boy or girl, its health and that of Catherine's is most important.

    Call it escapism, but I can't get enough of reading up on the latest goings on. My husband disapproves of my "sudden interest" in all things royal, but he doesn't know that it's a long-time interest, increased recently due to Kate's pregnancy.

    I will await the good news with baited breath! Thanks again, Charlotte! :-)

    Rachel from hot, humid, rainy Arizona

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  101. I'm highly impressed with the photographer that chose not to snap a pic if her. As a seasoned OB nurse I can tell you that tho there is no "scientific" proof about the full moon...it is sooo very true! Thank you Charlotte for the time you spend on this blog. I visit daily and appreciate the respectful way you keep us informed about the Duchess.

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  102. Sarah from Calif.22 July 2013 17:50

    Jennifer I so agree, hats off to the photographer who didn't take a pic of Kate in labour going into hospital. As he said that was a line not to cross.....

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  103. Oh, forgot to add that I am so happy that the labour progressed at such a time that William was with Catherine and was able to accompany her to the hospital! A very good beginning. Now let's all hope for a very good conclusion to the world's "patient" waiting!

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  104. Sarah from Calif.22 July 2013 17:53

    Wow the reporters on the Today show (USA) are soooooo hyper today. I wonder why? :)

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  105. Theresa, from Paris22 July 2013 17:54

    This waiting is killing me in the heat ;-))))

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  106. I have never written on here before, but such a joyous occasion calls for it! Many Blessings go to Mum, Dad and Baby C. AJN

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  107. I am so excited I can barely contain myself. I turned on the TV when I was getting ready this morning (in the US) and this news was the first I heard. I almost jumped out of my skin. I have been checking your blog and Daily Mail to keep up with what is going on. I predict she will have a girl.

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  108. I worked in a hospital and got the daily admission reports and I would check periodically after the full moon and oddly there were higher admissions to maternity and also to psych!
    Totally non scientific but consistent results, go figure

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  109. Maureen, London22 July 2013 18:07

    Very exciting! Interesting that the photographer did not want to photograph Kate entering the hospital. The world is waiting. I like your report, very detailed, many thanks.

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  110. Pauline Oak Hills22 July 2013 18:23

    Hello Ana B, Sarah from Calif., Anonymous & Siddhii- thank you for missing me but I have been here since 3am California time.
    I am just so excited I can't stand it...lol You would think it was my grandchild being born...lol

    When I woke up today, it was just to hot to sleep, I knew something was going on so I turned on my computer there it was our Duchess was in labor.

    Poor girl has already been in labor for what about 11 hrs.. I just hope all is well and she and the baby are ok.

    I bet she is just so happy that William was on leave and she did not have to stress that he would make it in time.

    To bad we are all over the world. I would have love to have been able to be with all my friends here to celebrate this happy time for the beautiful & loving royal couple. We all need to have a toast once the baby is born and we know mommy, daddy & baby are fine.

    And I wish I could have gotten a plane be there in person.

    Now I am sitting on pins & needles waiting to hear if it is a boy or girl. I am hoping for a baby girl. But most of all just a heathly baby.

    Again to Ms. Charlotte, if it was not for you I could not have met these beautiful ladies I get to call my friends from all over the world and a few from my home state of California. Thank you all for letting call you my friends.

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      Yay!!! I saw Ann B.'s, Sarah from Calif., Anonymous & Siddhii's comments a few minutes ago. I'm so glad you posted Pauline. I was wondering the same thing.

      Yes. We will have to all have a toast once Baby Cambridge is born. Today is so much fun!!! :)

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    2. Pauline we thought you had flown to London!:-))
      Thanks for the shout-out chica!
      Now we wait for the baby!im headed for an interview but I hope I will be able to concentrate with all the excitement going on!xoxo

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  111. Lol! I'm currently munching through 1/8" of charcoal covering a BBQ'd hamburger patty that started to burn because I couldn't tear myself away from the computer (and I refuse to throw out "good food" when ruining it is my own fault! It isn't too bad with lashings of ketchup, mustard and relish added :)). I think I may have to get takeout for supper if this keeps up much longer. So impressed by the compassion showed by the reporters who broke the news. I don't really want to see anything right now anyway, just to know that the baby has arrived and that everyone is fine is enough. Thanks again, Charlotte! Lee from Canada

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      Lee from Canada that is so funny about your hamburger. Leftovers or take out for dinner here too. All must wait for the baby :)

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  112. I am also impressed with the photographer, he acted like a man. You see, what the child already has an impact on people? :-D child to be born as a lion! Royal sign of the royal family!
    Kate send love and strength <3<3<3
    Elizabeth

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      So it seems like Carole was right after all. Lovely thought :)

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  113. I'm so excited! Thank you for your live, Charlotte, it helps me a lot!
    I think she will have a girl... because I dreamt it!! I'm crazy, I know...
    Hope all is going well!

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  114. I'm just curious - How are you all going to celebrate Baby Cambridge's birth once he or she arrives safely and we know that all is well??? I'm thinking of making cupcakes and icing them in pink or blue depending on the gender of the baby =)

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      I think I'll have a piece of cake and a cup of tea, which is kind of my idea of 'Britishness' ;)

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  115. Kate, Texas, USA22 July 2013 18:44

    Over 13 hours of labor so far and nothing. Oh Kate, lots of prayers and love being lifted up for you and sweet Baby C. Hoping and praying all is going well! Hugs!

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  116. @Charlotte: The DM reports Kate entered the hospital via a different entrance. What is now correct, please?
    DM claims she used the Mary Standford entrance.

    PS Why are there no photos of her entering when there are photos of the cars?

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    1. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 18:52

      As somebody has mentioned above, the photographer chose not to take a picture of her, out of respect.

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    2. Actually the number of labor hours could be much higher, as she may have labored at home prior to going to the hospital. She has probably gotten little sleep, which is sad as she will be so tired when she first sees the baby. I am sure she will enjoy and then fall asleep as the news media begins to report the news.
      It is amazing how often they publish and broadcast with about 2 sentences worth of info. Glad to see them see what it is like to wait.

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  117. I'm curious where is Pauline from California????

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  118. Robin Indiana USA
    Have not gone back to bed since I found out 4:00am EST come out little baby mommy must be getting really tired. Really glad they didn't show Kate going into hospital. Just sitting and watching live feeds and your blog Charlotte plus CNN.

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  119. Melanie from California22 July 2013 18:51

    Here's hoping the baby is born by 10:30p British Summer Time :) I volunteer at a hospital, and I love it when the lullaby is played, announcing a baby has been born. It's exciting enough for me on those days. This has been a lot of fun to watch Kate throughout her pregnancy, and the anticipation today is that much more fun! So happy for William and Kate!

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  120. Sarah from Calif.22 July 2013 18:59

    Charlotte I hope you have a vacation planned for yourself after baby is born. You deserve it and no doubt could use it!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for all you do :)

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  121. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 19:11

    I have a question for those among you who have had children: is it common for labour to take so long?
    13 hours sounds pretty long to me. I imagine it to be a very tiring and nerve-wracking experience!
    I very much hope that Kate doesn't have to hold up much longer!

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil22 July 2013 19:27

      Louisa, I'm not a mother, but I've seen women 20 hours in labour. It all depends on her dilatation when she was admitted. If she was admitted before 3cm it can take a while.
      At least this is the way it happens here.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA22 July 2013 19:30

      Yes, Louisa, this is getting to be a long labor. Like yours, my heart goes out to Kate, too. No matter how well she is being cared for, this is sure to be exhausting and grueling for her. I say, "Come on, Baby Cambridge! Give your mummy a break!"

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    3. Louisa, from the 1st pain to delivery was 15.5 hours with my son (2.5 with my daughter! :o). First children usually take longer to deliver...

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    4. 24 hours here for a first baby, although that was a bit longer than usual. They say about 12 is the norm. Any more than that and they think about doing a C-section so as not to put any more stress on baby or mom.

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    5. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 19:42

      Thank you for your responses!

      I'm sorry, Ana, of course people who have not had children themselves can know about this too. I should have considered that! Thank you for your insight, I really appreciate it! If you don't ask my asking, are you a doctor or a nurse?

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    6. Ana B. from Brazil22 July 2013 19:59

      Louisa, please don't feel sorry for anything! You haven't offended me at all!! I'm a doctor!

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  122. The child is not yet in the world and no longer connects ... Beauty <3
    Elizabeth

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  123. I want to bed quite late last night on the US East Coast, in fact it was early Monday morning. I checked @royalreporter on Twitter and he was reporting the then unofficial news that Kate was enroute to hospital. Later CNN popped up on my cell phone (and woke me up) with the official announcement. Great news! Wishing the best for HRH today, hope we can get some news before HM goes to sleep, since I have read the once the Queen turns in for the night, around 5:30 PM US Eastern time, they will not awaken her with news of the birth; and until HM knows, there will be no announcement. That would also mean a very long labor for the Duchess, so I hope that baby is as eager to be born as we are to met him or her. Still thinking girl.

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  124. Love this blog! Thanks for all the updates ;)

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  125. Louisa i have two children my first was over 20 hours so yes it is normal. most first labours can last a few days.

    So excited cant wait to see him/her.

    Good luck to them both

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    1. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 19:46

      Thanks for the response! Wow that really is a long time!

      Hats off to all the mothers out there!! :)

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  126. OMG! I had been watching the Huffington Post live feed and a while ago it switched to POVee... Well I just realized the video has been looping for about an hour... LAME!!! Switched to the mirror... Too bad you dropped the ball Huffington Post! :)

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  127. Dear Charlotte, I believe this is my first post on your blog and therefore, a belated "thank you" for the coverage of the Duchess you provide. I am away from a TV today, and your blog is providing me the most up to date coverage of the impending birth of the new heir. Very much appreaciated!!!
    -- a loyal reader from Calirfornia

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  128. Dear Charlotte - thank you so much for reposting the Daily Mail Infograph on the order of succession. I could never get it figured out on my own! I was interested to see that Peter and Zara Phillips were listed. For some reason I assumed that because Princess Anne refused to give them titles, they were out of the running. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what their titles might be, if Princess Anne had allowed them to be given? Interesting stuff! Lee from Canada

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    1. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 19:50

      I am no expert on this, but I don't think that Princess Anne refused to give her children titles. As far as I know, children get their titles depending on that of their father, who in this case had none.

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  129. Dear Charlotte, I believe this is my first post on your blog and therefore, a belated "thank you" for the coverage of the Duchess you provide. I am away from a TV today, and your blog is providing me the most up to date coverage of the impending birth of the new heir. Very much appreaciated!!!
    -- a loyal reader from Calirfornia

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  130. Thank you for all the exciting information and updates about Baby Campbridge. If it's a girl, maybe it will be Baby Charlotte? :)

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    1. Louisa, Austria22 July 2013 19:56

      It really could be. Charlotte is a name that the Royal family has used before and wouldn't it be a lovely 'reward' for all of the work that you have put into the coverage of the baby's birth? ;)

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  131. My two labors were 8 and 5 hours. My first labors can very easily be 24+ hours and it's completely normal and natural. My husband is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I find it so interesting that we in the us leave the u's out of some words.

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  132. It's so wonderful being able to read everyone's comments on here and to share our excitement! I've got my phone in one hand and tv remote in the other. I really want to go and make a cup of tea but don't want to risk missing anything at the same time. I'm fascinated by it all.

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  133. Hubby and me eating lunch and talking about our future children while the live feed sits next to us. Loving every moment of this day! Our prediction is Gwendalyn or Oliver. Hope all is well, from carrie and trevor in colorado

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  134. Fifi from Texas,USA22 July 2013 19:57

    I hope the Duchess is not suffering too much. I remember how relentless and tiring contractions can be and mine was only 6 hours of labor. I'm glad William is by her side.

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  135. Pauline Oak HIlls22 July 2013 20:00

    @Anonymous 18:45 I live in the High Desert of California. Do you live in California, if so where?

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  136. Elizabeth, CA22 July 2013 20:01

    Hello Charlotte and DK Community!! How exciting indeed!! If the baby is born today he or she will share my birthday!! Best wishes to William and Kate on this special event!!!

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  137. thank you for these updates. You have a wonderful blog. I very much enjoy it! (and not just today- although today it is exceptionally good!) From Bobbie in Baton Rouge, LA

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  138. Canadian Friend22 July 2013 20:05

    Back again- because I can't stand the waiting!!

    Thank you, dear Charlotte, for all your devoted coverage. I'm not sure I could bear having only the news to watch without this community to share everything with.

    I've also noticed that a low pressure system moving in can trigger labour. This has happened to several of my friends and relatives. I always check the weather if I know someone is close to their due date because a low pressure system could make things happen. I heard London was expecting some thunderstorms today so maybe it made a difference to Kate... If nothing else, I hope Britain has some relief from the heat.

    I was in labour for 40 hours after my water broke. I had an obstructed labour with some serious complications so I'm an exception, not the rule. I had a friend whose labour and delivery started and ended in 30 minutes! No time for drugs, barely able to get to the hospital. May the Duchess be somewhere very safely in the middle!

    I hope if she needs pain relief she asks for it and doesn't feel this is somehow not "natural". The crucial thing is that she be able to recover fairly straightforwardly so she's there for their dear baby ASAP. I was so ill after my son's birth that I did miss some of that lovely time. It was also very stressful for my husband. If lucky, couples can share a new depth of feeling for each other after going through a birth together-whether it's easy or difficult. It reveals new qualities in your partner-hopefully,good ones!

    Send love and energy to Kate and William in these transformative hours!

    I still think it will be a boy named George.

    Cheers!

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  139. Charlotte, I believe another paper has "borrowed" your last headline. LOL.

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  140. Silly question, but I couldn´t find the answer anywhere: do you know what "Lindo" stands for ? Is it a surname? An acronym (for what?)? Thank you so much.

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  141. Definitely an interesting and unexpected change to the birth announcement Charlotte.

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