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Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge in early stages of labour

The Duchess and Prince WilliamEPA
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do not know the gender of their second child

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.

Kate was taken to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in west London where her first child, Prince George, was born in July 2013.

Kensington Palace said the duchess travelled from the palace with her husband Prince William.

Lindo WingReuters
Police guard the entrance to the Lindo Wing - a private unit within St Mary's NHS hospital

Officials have said the duchess and the prince do not yet know whether the baby is a boy or a girl.

The new baby will be fourth in line to the throne, behind his or her grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and brother Prince George.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince GeorgeAFP
Prince George, the duke and duchess's first child, will be two years old in July

Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC Breakfast it was "very exciting news".

He added: "With the rest of the nation I'll be wishing them well today, hoping for a healthy and happy outcome."

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David Cameron: "With the rest of the nation I'll be wishing them well today"

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "I want to pass on my best wishes to the Duchess of Cambridge. My thoughts are with her and the Duke of Cambridge today. I wish them well."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tweeted: "Best of luck to the Duchess of Cambridge today, as she gives birth to her second child. The thoughts of the whole country will be with her."