DERBYSHIRE: Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour

Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child, and the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child, and the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Derbyshire residents and dignitaries are preparing to celebrate after the expectant Duchess of Cambridge has finally gone into labour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, had been expecting the birth of their first child last weekend and the world’s media have been waiting patiently for the latest news outside St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, West London.

BBC Radio 2 announced at about 7.45am how Kate Middleton had gone into labour this morning, Monday, July 22.

The couple first met at university and were married in April 2011. Kate, 31, had a difficult start to her pregnancy after spending three days in hospital for acute morning sickness.

Prince William took leave from his role as an RAF air sea rescue pilot at Anglesey to be beside his wife’s side before the birth.

The baby will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William and the child will be known as His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

The Derbyshire Times is eager to hear from any of our readers who may also be celebrating the arrival of their own newborn baby during this historical time. The newspaper also wants to hear about any of the region’s Royal baby celebration parties and welcomes your views on the DT facebook page. Contact the newspaper on (01246) 504524 and by email via comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.