The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is scheduled to give birth naturally this Saturday rather than to have a caesarean section, according to royal aides. The royal couple has chosen not to find out the baby's sex until birth.
The future monarch will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where the Duke of Cambridge was born. He hopes to be with his wife throughout the delivery.
Aides confirmed that Marcus Setchell, 69, the Queen's former gynaecologist, will deliver the baby, assisted by the Queen's gynaecologist Alan Farthing, 50, the former fiance of Jill Dando, the murdered BBC presenter.
No announcement of the birth will be made until after the Queen, other senior members of the Royal family, and the Middleton family have been informed. If the Duchess gives birth at night no announcement is likely until the Queen has woken.
"It's important this is done with a degree of dignity and with half an eye on the historical significance," said the aides.