Kate Middleton Could Give Birth Today: Is She Already In Labor?

Effie Orfanides

Kate Middleton could go into labor any minute, as she is officially at the end of her third trimester. According to Mail Online, there is some speculation that the Duchess Of Cambridge will give birth to her second child within the next 24 to 48 hours. Although an exact due date hasn't been revealed, Kate said that she was due mid-to-late April, which is basically right now.

"We haven't ever confirmed a due date. The Duchess herself said mid to late April and there have been plenty of dates bandied around in the media but we've never confirmed anything and we never will," said a Kensington Palace source.

Kate Middleton will be giving birth at St. Mary's Hospital in London. Police were seen on the grounds on Tuesday, "searching the area," which has been set up to accommodate the arrival of the Duchess when she's ready to deliver her baby. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Kate had been spending some quiet time in Bucklebury with her mom and dad, but sources say that she's back at Kensington Palace, just waiting for her contractions to start -- and some say that they have already started.

According to Vanity Fair, Prince William has already left work and is at home with his wife. He took paternity leave early to ensure that he's by Kate's side when she goes into labor.

"William will not have to return to work to complete his training until June 1 (he will make some "official royal engagements" in late May, however)."

Kate and William do not know whether they are having a boy or a girl. Many have taken their best guesses, and bets have been placed for weeks. If the baby is a girl, the couple may choose to name her Alice (Charlotte, Elizabeth, and Diana are also in the running). If they welcome another boy, the child's name could be Henry (James, Philip, and Arthur are also popular guesses).

Do you think Kate and William will have a boy or a girl? When do you think Kate will give birth?

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