THE Duchess of Cambridge has been rushed to hospital after going into labour with her third child earlier this morning.
Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess has been admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London.
According to the statement, she is in the "early stages of labour".
The new baby will be Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child and will be the Queen's sixth great-grandchild, making the new arrival fifth-in-line to the throne.
The couple did not ask to know the sex of the baby before its birth, opting instead to be surprised. They did the same with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Once news of the birth has been announced on the official Kensington Palace Twitter and Instagram accounts, a bulletin notice declaring the birth will go on display on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess is likely to take an extended period off to recover and nurse the latest addition to her family, but is expected to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19.