2013/07/23 1820 GMT – Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge appear on hospital steps with new baby son and heir to British throne.
2013/07/23 0013 GMT – Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to son. The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the throne.
2013/07/22 0630 GMT – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) has been admitted to hospital and is in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace has said. The duchess was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London.
She travelled by car from the palace to St Mary’s in Paddington, west London, with her husband the Duke of Cambridge.
The couple do not know the gender of their first child, who will be third in line to the throne.
The world’s press have been camped outside St Mary’s for days in anticipation of the birth. The due date had never been officially announced but had widely been expected to be mid-July.
Royal vehicles were seen at a back entrance to the hospital at about 06:00 BST.
It is believed the next time the couple will be seen in public is when they appear on the steps of the hospital with their baby.
The duchess is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex’s two children.
The Duke of Cambridge has been with his wife on annual leave and will have two weeks’ paternity leave.
Under new laws to succession the baby will remain third in line to the throne regardless of gender.
Catherine’s final public appearance before the birth was at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011, watched on television by millions of people around the world.