Kate Middleton in labor: the Duchess has entered London hospital to give birth

“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,” an official statement from Kensington Palace read. “The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

When the child is born, an official message will be posted on a wooden easel at Buckingham Palace, followed by an electronic message to the media.

Attending to the Duchess of Cambridge during childbirth are gynecologist Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing, as well as anesthetists, midwives and nurses.

“They are terrifically excited,” a friend tells People of the royal couple.

Kate has been taking care of herself in recent days ahead of the impending birth.

“She’s been looking after herself – she just needs to make sure she’s okay,” the friend adds.

The birth has attracted media attention around the world, with journalists camping outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London three weeks ahead of the birth.

The Palace had initially stated that the due date was around mid-July.