A Royal spokesman has released the following statement to the press and the world.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour. The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge,"

The child when born will be third in line to the royal throne.

The British Parliament is changing a 300-year-old law so that the baby will be the heir to the throne, whether it's a boy or girl. Under plans to change the rules of succession, if the baby is a girl, she will make history as the first girl to keep her place in line even if she later has a brother.

A formal announcement on the birth of the child will be made when the families of both parents have been notified. The royal parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate have opted to not know the gender of their baby until it is born.