The world is patiently waiting for the arrival of the Royal Baby.
So how will we all know when Kate Middleton and Prince William have welcomed their bundle of joy?
William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be the first person informed before the general public is made aware.
Royal Baby Update: Kate Middleton In "Early Stages of Labor"
Buckingham Palace will then make an official announcement. That is the only way to know that the birth did in fact take place.
Following royal tradition, a small bulletin will be posted in front of Buckingham Palace for onlookers to read. It's the same protocol that took place when Prince Charles and Prince William were born in 1948 and 1982, respectively.And the process is quite tense. Once doctors sign off on the baby's gender and time of birth on a document, a royal aide will give the bulletin to the official. The official will then have the task of carrying the news from the hospital to the palace - about a 15 minute trip in total. This will likely be broadcast live to millions!
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Upon arrival, the official will post the bulletin on a wooden easel in front of the palace for all to see. And for the first time in Royal history, social media will play quite a role. The monarchy's official Twitter and Facebook accounts will announce the glorious news online.
Early this morning, Clarence House announced Kate was in the "early stages of labor."
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labor," they said in a statement. "The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."
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