Kate in Labor, Royal Baby Coming

Expect a little prince or princess shortly
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2013 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
Kate in Labor in London Hospital
This is a Friday, April 26, 2013 file photo of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.   (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool, FILE)

Kate Middleton is in labor in London's St. Mary's Hospital, the royal family says. She's in the "early stages," the BBC reports, in what CNN notes is the hospital where William and Harry were born. Details are few, and there won't likely be more information until the baby is born, says a BBC correspondent. Still, the media is grasping at straws in an effort to report something. Our roundup of the best of the minute details:

  • Though the media has set up camp outside the hospital, the Guardian reminds us that the eventual news of the birth will come via ... easel. A royal aide will cart a doctor-signed medical bulletin from the hospital to Buckingham Palace once the blessed event has taken place; there, it will be placed on an easel.
  • What the document will list: the baby's sex and weight. What it may not: the name.
  • Prince William is by Kate's side, confirms E! Also there: Queen Elizabeth's gynecologist, who essentially rearranged his life to be present. The Washington Post reports that Dr. Marcus Setchell both delayed his retirement and gave up booze in order to prepare for the birth, which palace officials say will be a natural one.
  • Is Pippa involved? Of course! (Reportedly.) E! claims both Pippa and mom Carole will be in the delivery room.
  • Too excited that #royalbabyday is finally here? Follow the Guardian's live blog, which is pondering such weighty topics as whether last night's "almost full moon" had anything to do with Kate's current state.
(Read more Kate Middleton stories.)

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