The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour: The world reacts

The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital at 6am this morning and as the world waits for news of the birth of the royal baby, we take a look at people's reactions on Twitter and beyond

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The royal baby is due any time now and as coverage and anticipation reach fever pitch, we take a quick look around the Twittersphere and beyond to bring you the latest reactions to #royalbaby

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is likely to carry out any christening, has tweeted his best wishes to the couple: “My thoughts and prayers are with Kate and the whole family on this enormously special day.”

In a radio interview earlier today, David Cameron said: “Obviously best wishes to them, it’s a very exciting occasion and the whole country is excited with them, so everyone is hoping for the best.”

The Mirror has reported on Dame Helen Mirren‘s musings on the royal baby name. As well as saying that she hopes its a girl as we all need more “Queens in our life”, when asked what she thought of the baby being named Diana after her famous grandmother, she replied “I wonder if they’ll go there. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? That would be very interesting.”

Kelly Osborne, daughter of rocker Ozzy tweeted: “It’s all so exciting the Royal Baby is on the way!”.

Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to make a prediction on the sex and weight of the baby, he wrote: “PREDICTION: A boy, called George, weighing 8lbs 2oz #MysticMorgan”

TV presenter, Cat Deeley tweeted: “Exciting, #RoyalBaby on the way. xxxx”. Scary Spice, Mel B also tweeted her excitement by tweeting, “Whoop whoop, the royal baby is coming.”

Actress, Mia Farrow put forward her suggestion for Baby Cambridge’s name by tweeting: “HIGHLY unlikely they’d name the royal baby ‘Mandela’ BUT its a beautiful name – for a girl or a boy. ( Call it Mandy around the castle)”

Predictably, not everyone is gushing about the third in line to the throne, Peter Serafinowicz, wrote “Royal babies are tricky to deliver because of the whole silver spoon thing.”

It has also been reported that over 200 members of the press are camped out side the Lindo Wing waiting for news of Baby Cambridge.

The Duchess is being cared for by the queen’s gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who delayed his retirement after being asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to oversee the birth. Setchell is being assisted by Alan Farthing who is a gynaecologist to the royal household.

A spokesman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s Hospital, told The Telegraph: “During her stay at the hospital, the Duchess is being cared for by an expert team of consultants and midwives.

“It goes without saying that the whole trust wishes her well and we are exceptionally proud that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to have their baby here.”

Four members of staff from Kensington Palace are at the Lindo Wing – the Duke and Duchess’s private secretaries Miguel Head and Rebecca Deacon, and their press officers Ed Perkins and Nick Loughran.

Watch this space for more news…

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