Monday 23 October 2017

Royal protection officers did dummy run for Kate last night

Kate was taken to the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington
Kate was taken to the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington
Kate is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell
Prince William accompanied his wife to hospital in a private car
Women pose with masks outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Kate Middleton is expected to give birth
Photographers gather in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived to give birth
Television journalists gather in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived to give birth
Police outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour
Well wishers outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London
Press ladders outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour
Media at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. They have been camped out for more than a week in anticipation of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby.
Royal supporter John Hutt rests in front of the media pen, opposite the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital

Gordon Rayner, Telegraph.co.uk

ROYAL protection officers are believed to have done a practice run of the Duchess of Cambridge’s journey to the Lindo Hospital last night.

It fuels speculation that the Duchess’s admission time was planned well in advance.

Kate was taken into St Mary’s via a side entrance of the Mary Stanford wing, which is beside the Lindo, and dodged the photographers who have waited since the start of the month for a glimpse of her.

Having spent the weekend at Kensington Palace, she made the five-minute journey to St Mary’s in a dark blue Ford Galaxy people carrier, with a Saab 95 back-up car following her, rather than the usual Range Rovers and Land Rover Discoveries which the couple normally use.

Aides waited until the Duchess had been seen by her medical team, led by the Queen’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, and was “settled” in her private room before making the official announcement that she was in the hospital.

The news that what had been dubbed by bored journalists 'the Great Kate Wait' was finally over was announced in a brief statement from Kensington Palace at 7.30am after rumours she had been spotted began circulating.

The statement read: "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 Duke and his younger brother Prince Harry were born in the Lindo wing and the Prince and Princess of Wales famously posed on the building's steps in 1982 holding baby William in turn.

Betting on the name of the royal baby, which will be third-in-line to the throne, has produced one favourite with a number of bookies - Alexandra.

Many punters believe William and Kate will have a girl and have put their money on the name.

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