Kate Middleton and Prince William

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As Kate Middleton’s due date draws close The Queen has reportedly put a high-speed helicopter on stand-by to carry Prince William to the Duchess of Cambridge’s bedside when she goes into labour.

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Vowing to be there for Kate, Prince William is still carrying on with his vital role as a rescue pilot at RAF Anglesey, but will of course be dispatched straight away when news of Kate’s labour comes in. The Prince can also avoid any traffic jams and build-ups with a lift in the 175mph Sikorsky S-76c chopper.
 
With the high-speed helicopter on stand-by it means that Prince William can be by Kate Middleton’s side in less than a few hours, joining her either at her current home in Kensington Palace or at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington – where Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William in 1982.

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The Royal baby’s birth will then of course be notified to The Queen before a select members of parliament and highly placed individuals, before notifying each of the 54 Commonwealth countries and First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The public will then be informed by an easel at the front of Buckingham Palace, and cemented with a 41-gun salute at Hyde Park.