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  • Kate Middleton is now in the final stage of her pregnancy
  • Prince William is expected to be present in the delivery room for the birth
  • Kate Middleton's mother Carole will help the new mum out
No birth will be under as much scrutiny as the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby.

Some sources suggest Kate wants to depart from tradition and have the baby at the Royal Berkshire NHS Hospital in Reading - near her parents Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton's home in Bucklebury - where she and her sister Pippa Middleton were born.

Kate has previously won battles against 'the firm', as Wills' mum Princess Diana dubbed the Royal Family - most recently when she convinced the Palace to allow her and Wills to spend Christmas at her family's home instead of with the Queen at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

However, royal correspondent Robert Jobson believes this is one battle rebel Kate, 31, might concede.

He says: 'The location hasn't officially been revealed yet, but it looks likely she'll follow tradition and give birth in the private wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where William and Prince Harry were both born.'

Wills, 30, is likely to be there at the birth - something that hasn't always happened with previous Royal babies.

'I'm sure he'll be there,' says Robert.

'It's become more common recently with the Royal Family - Peter Phillips, for instance, was at the birth of his daughters Savannah and Isla.'

The decision's got the thumbs-up from trailblazer Prince Charles, who was at Princess Diana's side for Wills' birth.

Read more about Kate Middleton and Prince William in Now magazine dated 23 May 2013 - out now!  


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