Just before 6am this morning, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London in the early stages of labour.
A statement from Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour.
“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”
The news channels – BBC News and Sky News – switched from bulletin mode to Royal Baby breaking news mode, sending some of their key presenters to key locations.
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Royal Baby: Breakfast breaks the news that Duchess is in Labour
Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid broke the news on Breakfast at 7.31am this morning, with Nicholas Witchell at St. Mary’s Hospital:
Royal Baby: Sky News Sunrise breaks the news that Duchess is in Labour
Stephen Dixon broke the news on Sky News Sunrise at 7.31am, with Paul Harrison at St. Mary’s Hospital:
Royal Baby: Nicholas Witchell reports from St. Mary’s hospital
Nicholas Witchell reports from outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s hospital.
Royal Baby: BBC’s Simon McCoy presents from outside St. Mary’s Hospital
At 8.28am, the BBC News Channel broke away from Breakfast as usual with Rachel Schofield in the Studio and Simon McCoy outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Royal Baby: Sky’s Kay Burley presents from outside St. Mary’s Hospital
From 9am, Sky News’ Kay Burley presents from outside St. Mary’s Hospital
Royal Baby: BBC News’ Simon McCoy tells it like it is..
“Plenty more to come from here [St Mary’s Hospital] of course, none of it news, because that will come from Buckingham Palace, but that won’t stop us, we’ll see you later!”
Royal Baby: Dermot Murnaghan presenting from Buckingham Palace
From 9.20am, Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan presents from Buckingham Palace
Royal Baby: Daniela Relph reporting from outside Buckingham Palace:
Daniela Relph reporting from outside Buckingham Palace:
Royal Baby: Jane Hill at Buckingham Palace
From 11.05am, BBC News’ Jane Hill presents Royal Baby coverage from outside Buckingham Palace
Royal Baby: Danny Savage in York with Prince Charles
Royal Baby: Sky News’ Alastair Bruce at Buckingham Palace
Royal Baby: Boulton & Co with Adam, Kay Burley & Sarah Hewson
A special edition of Boulton & Co saw Adam Boulton present from the studio in Westminster, while Kay Burley and Sarah Hewson hosted coverage from the Hospital and Buckingham Palace..
Royal Baby: Sarah Hewson presents coverage from Buckingham Palace
Sky News’ former Royal correspondent, Sarah Hewson, presents coverage from Buckingham Palace..
Royal Baby: Sky’s Rhiannon Mills in Bucklebury
Sky News’ Rhiannon Mills reports from Bucklebury, the family home of Kate Middleton.
Royal Baby: Colin Brazier outside Buckingham Palace
2pm: Colin Brazier hosts Sky News’ coverage from outside Buckingham Palace.
Royal Baby: Jeremy Thompson presents from Buckingham Palace
5pm: Jeremy Thompson fronts Sky News’ coverage live from Buckingham Palace
Royal Baby: Joanna Gosling fronts BBC News’ coverage from Buckingham Palace
5pm: Joanna Gosling takes over from Jane Hill at Buckingham Palace
Royal Baby: Annita McVeigh presenting from St. Mary’s Hospital
7pm: Annita McVeigh takes over from Simon McCoy presenting from St. Mary’s Hospital..
Royal Baby: Anna Botting presents evening bulletin from Buckingham Palace
8pm: Anna Botting takes over from Jeremy Thompson at Buckingham Palace
Kate Middleton gives birth to baby boy… born at 4.24pm, weighing 8lbs 6oz
Kate has given birth to a baby boy weighing 8lbs 6oz.. Baby was born at 4.24pm this afternoon..
Royal Baby: Sophie Raworth presents from Buckingham Palace
8.30pm: Sophie Raworth presents BBC News’ coverage from Buckingham Palace..
Royal Baby: ITV News presents special programme
Following the announcement of the birth, ITV News aired a special one-hour programme from 9pm – 10pm..
Mary Nightingale fronted the programme with Tim Ewart at St. Mary’s Hospital, Nina Nannar at Buckingham Palace, Chris Ship in Downing Street, and Emily Morgan in Bucklebury