The Duchess of Cambridge is in contact with nurses to prepare for labour 'any day'

It should be another two weeks until Kate Middleton gives birth.

But the Royal Family are determined not to be caught out and are preparing for the Duchess of Cambridge to go into labour any day from now – with the whole Palace on standby. 

Kate, 31, previously revealed her due date was in ‘mid-July’, before adding: ‘But apparently babies have their own agenda.’

And it seems those close to her aren’t taking any chances.

‘The whole family’s on tenterhooks,’ says our insider.

‘There’s a real worry she could go into labour as early as this week.

‘Nurses at Kensington Palace have been put on standby and they’re taking every precaution not to leave Kate alone for one minute.’

Since making her final public appearance at the Trooping The Colour parade on 16 June, Kate‘s stayed a few days at her parents’ house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, before making the journey back home to Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Now it’s ‘operation baby’.

Our insider says Kate‘s already got her bags packed and staff have their roles practised to perfection.

It’s also been decided that it’ll be Wills – who’s still on active duty with the RAF – who’ll drive Kate to hospital.

‘It’ll all be kept top secret until she arrives safely in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London,’ says our source.

‘Only Scotland Yard will be notified, so they can put up barriers for the Duchess’s arrival to ensure her privacy.’

Read the full story about Kate Middleton in this week’s Now magazine dated 1 July 2013 – download the digital edition now!

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