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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour. The 31­-year-old royal was admitted to the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington at around 6am on Monday morning.

The duchess was accompanied by her husband, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, according to palace officials. William is expected to remain until the Duchess gives birth.

A statement from Kensington Palace reads:

"Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour."

The couple's spokesperson said, "Things are progressing as normal."

Kate Middleton went to the hospital by car. The couple is hoping to have a natural birth and is determined to keep the sex of the child a secret.

The baby was due in the middle of July, meaning Middleton has gone into labour a week later than predicted.

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