LONDON (AP) - When Britain's royal baby is born, the announcement will be made with a bow both to tradition and modern technology.
Protocol requires that the queen be told first. Once that happens, an announcement will be posted in front of Buckingham Palace. At the same time, the monarchy's official Twitter and Facebook accounts will announce the news online.
It could happen at any time now -- Prince William's wife Kate went into labor this morning.
"Things are progressing as normal." That's the word from a spokesman for Prince William and his wife Kate, after the Duchess of Cambridge went into labor this morning.
Royal officials say the couple traveled by car to St. Mary's Hospital in central London without a police escort, just before 6 a.m. They entered through a side door, avoiding the world's media gathered on the street outside the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana also gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.
Kate will be looked after by a top-notch medical team led by royal gynecologist Dr. Marcus Setchell. Palace officials are not expected to provide many details about how her labor is progressing.
The baby will be third in line to become Britain's monarch, after Prince Charles and William.
Bookies are having a banner day as thousands of Britons place bets on the name of the child.
Ladbrokes took 50,000 bets in the hours after the Duchess of Cambridge went into labor Monday. Company spokesman Alex Donohue says the public has rushed to put small amounts of money - such as a pound - on the soon-to- be-born royal infant's name because they "want to be involved."
"Never underestimate the British public's obsession with the royal family," he said.
So far, the money is on Alexandra for a girl and James for a boy. The public may have to wait, though. It is not uncommon for the palace to take its time to choose just the right name.