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19:00 Our blog post is now up, click here to read it!
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18:27 The Princess of Cambridge.
18:25 Professional photos coming in now.
18:18 The family have left, William and Kate did not answer questions from the media this time.
18.15 Kate is wearing bespoke Jenny Packham.
18:10 William and Kate have emerged on the steps with their daughter!
17:55 Some reports suggesting they will emerge in the next fifteen minutes.
17:40 The family are expected to leave the hospital in about an hour.
17:35 BREAKING: Kensington Palace confirms Kate will leave the hospital with the princess this evening. Prince George has returned to the Palace.
17:20 Very interesting tweet!
|The Royal Record Twitter Feed|
17:05 It is expected the Palace will announce the Cambridges are leaving the hospital 30 minutes in advance. It's going to be very special to see the family of four together.
16:50 Another photo of William and George? I think so..,
16:45 I think Prince George has the royal wave perfected already :)
16:30 You can watch a video of William and George arriving at the hospital here. It is a precious moment!
16:15 Prince William has returned with Prince George. George gave a lovely wave as he walked in to meet his sister for the first time. It was such a sweet moment, William encouraged him to walk in but he wanted his dad to pick him up.
15:55 Prince William has just left the Lindo Wing driving a Range Rover to see Prince George at Kensington Palace. He was all smiles and said "we're very happy thank you. Just off to pick up George". There were lots of waves and smiles for the media and well wishers. The press team said he wont be long :)
15:47 Prince William's car has arrived!
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15:40 Prince Charles taking Prince William to St Mary's Hospital in 1984 to meet his new brother Prince Harry. Will we see a similar scene today? I do hope so...
15:35 BREAKING: Prince William is leaving the hospital soon to visit Prince George at Kensington Palace. Everyone is hoping he will bring him back to the Lindo Wing to meet his sister.
15:25 Of course, talk is turning to all things style related, with many discussing what Kate will wear. When Kate left the hospital with Prince George she chose a bespoke cornflower blue crépe de chine dress by British designer Jenny Packham. Kate teamed the dress with her comfortable Pied a Terre Imperia Wedges (they're currently on sale in certain colours here) and completed the look with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.
15:15 From Rebecca English!
|Rebecca English Twitter Feed|
15:00 Awaiting confirmation, but various sources believe we could very well see the Cambridges today. It would be exciting!
14:10 The Duke and Duchess are most likely resting at the Lindo Wing now with their new daughter. A look at afternoon tea at the hospital...
|Emily Andrews Twitter Feed|
13:50 CNN's royal reporter Max Foster just spoke to Kensington Palace and asked if the family are planning to come out later today. The Palace didn't confirm either way, however it's looking quite likely.
|Max Foster Twitter Feed|
13:45 Clarence House revealed The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are "absolutely delighted" at the birth of the baby princess.
13:35 An interesting piece by Alistair Bruce: New Princess More Than Spare To The Heir:
13:15 Kate's hairdresser Amanda Cook-Tucker has apparently been spotted at the Lindo Wing. It would certainly imply Kate's leaving today.
12:55 The scene at the Lindo Wing.
12:50 Royal Tower Bridge glows pink for a girl.
|Paul Harrison Twitter Feed|
12:35 The official birth announcement of the new Princess of Cambridge was put in place on the easel outside Buckingham Palace to cheers from the waiting crowds. It was signed by the medical team including Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Alan Farthing. It's nice to see the tradition continuing.
12:25 Messages of congratulations and good wishes are all over social media at the moment. The Royal Navy congratulated William and Kate with sailors standing on the flight decks of Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster and Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon spelt out the word "sister" in honour of the royal baby.
|Ministry of Defence|
12.20 There's continued speculation Kate and the little princess will leave the Lindo Wing later today. Prince William's private secretary Miguel Head has just arrived at the hospital.
|Mark Stewart Twitter Feed|
12:15 The Middletons were spotted at Kensington Palace. I expect we'll see them arriving later to meet their new grandchild.
11.50 The latest tweet from Kensington Palace (I'm sure the atmosphere is electric there at the moment).
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
11.45 There's a midwife on Sky News right now who suggests she feels it is very likely Kate and the little princess will leave the hospital later today. She stressed she has no inside information but it's what she would do. We should hear later today from the Palace on this.
11.43 The town crier announces the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter.
11.30 My goodness it's fantastic news! I'm absolutely delighted for William and Kate. Below we look at the full press release from Kensington Palace regarding the birth of the princess.
|Royal Central Twitter Feed|
11.10 We are thrilled to tell you:
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl.
Kensington Palace revealed Kate was "safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34 a.m. The baby weighs 8lbs 3 oz. Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
Congratulations William, Kate and George!
10.40 St Mary's Hospital released this brief statement:
'St Mary’s Hospital has admitted Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge to its Lindo Wing. The [NHS] Trust is extremely proud that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to have their baby at one of our hospitals. All our staff wish them well during this happy occasion.'
10.20 One of the most interesting aspects of the Great Kate Wait has been seeing stories related to royal fans camping out at the hospital. Terry Hutt, in particular, caught the attention of the public. He celebrated his 80th birthday last week and was thrilled to receive a cake and card from Kensington Palace. Following thirteen days of camping, Mr. Hutt said he is "over the moon" to hear the baby is on its way. You can watch an interview at ITV News.
|Ewart Royal Twitter Feed|
10:05 Kate has now been in labour for four hours with William by her side. It is understood the next notification we get will be of the birth, sex, weight and time. I've been informed an average second labour lasts for five hours!
10.00 A huge welcome to those of you who are just joining us! Thank you so much for enjoying this exciting time with us! A quick reminder, Kate was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labour at 06:00 this morning. KP confirmed the labour is "progressing normally". We'll be with you throughout the day sharing news updates and tidbits of interest :)
09:42 Kensington Palace confirmed all members of the Royal family have been informed. Last week Prince Charles revealed he's hoping for a granddaughter.
|PA Royal Reporters Twitter Feed|
09:40 Some of you already noted Kate was admitted at a similar time when she went into labour with Prince George. The Duchess was in labour for over ten hours. Subsequent births tend to take a shorter time.
|Carolyn Durand Twitter Feed|
09:35 People takes a look at the scenic route to the hospital from KP with videos in this piece.
9.30 If the royal baby is born today, the prince/princess will share a birthday with Catherine the Great, David Beckham and Donatella Versace.
08:45 There's plenty of activity at the Lindo Wing as you can imagine. So much excitement and a fantastic atmosphere.
|Catherine Wylie Twitter Feed|
08:30 Where is Prince George while William and Kate are at the Lindo Wing? Reporter Simon Perry confirmed he's back at Kensington Palace with his nanny Maria Tereasa Borrallo (It is believed Mike and Carole are also there). A royal aide revealed last month the adorable tot is "excited" about the impending arrival of his new brother or sister. I'm hoping we'll see Maria or possibly Michael and Carole Middleton bringing him in to meet his sibling.
08:20 We'll also leave the Live Feed in the post.
08:10 We have embedded the Telegraph's Live Feed on the top of the right-hand menu. Hopefully it will be useful for those of you following the Live Blog here. Click the play button and enjoy! The feed can be expanded to full screen by clicking the little arrows button at the bottom right of the video.
08:00 There are in fact a selection of Live Streams available now.
- The Daily Mirror's Live Feed is here.
- Hello! Magazine's Live Feed is here.
- The Huffington Post UK Live Feed is here.
07:50 Excellent news! Kensington Palace press officers confirmed:
'The Duchess' labour is progressing normally"
07:45 A look at the statement members of the media received earlier this morning from Kensington Palace below.
|Max Foster CNN Twitter Feed|
With social media and the presence surrounding the hospital it was quite something for the Palace to be the first to announce it. We were told we wouldn't hear anything officially between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., however I felt this wouldn't apply if Kate went into labour early in the morning as she did with Prince George.
07:35 Our reader Shayna kindly noted The Telegraph already has a Live Camera feed from the Lindo Wing. You can view it along with their Live Blog here.
07:30 Prime Minister David Cameron send his best wishes to the Duchess.
|David Cameron Twitter Feed|
07:25 You can watch CNN reporter Max Foster's live Periscope broadcast here.
07:20 As you can all imagine a plethora of articles are surfacing. Rebecca English has solid coverage in her piece for the Mail Online including historical background. The baby will be the Queen's fifth great-grandchild and a great-great-great-great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria.
'Whatever its sex, Prince George’s younger sibling will be the ‘spare to the heir’ and will not expect to be ever crowned sovereign. But second-born royal children have, on occasions, ended up as monarch - most recently when the Queen’s uncle, Edward V111 abdicated over his love for American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936, leaving her father to inherit the throne as George V1. Thanks to their great-grandmother, the new baby will, however, be made an HRH and given the title Prince or Princess of Cambridge.'
07:05 Royal photographer Tim Rooke shared a photo from the Lindo Wing. As you can see police are posted outside and the Great-Great-Great-Kate-Wait is over :)
|Tim Rooke Twitter Feed|
06:40 The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour. Her Royal Highness was admitted to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in the early stages of labour at 06:00 this morning. William and Kate travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing. Below we see the tweet from Kensington Palace.
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
This is VERY exciting news. We'll be with you throughout the day :)