In London, the royal birth is a tale of two cities ? a moment of history unfolding amid the frenzy of daily urban life. Outside the London hospital where Prince William's wife, Kate, was in labor, Londoners slowed their daily rush on a scorching summer day to take a quick picture and wonder at the vast media throng, then moved on. Two miles away at Buckingham Palace, the news seemed more momentous, an extra jolt of history to the royal pomp and pageantry that attracts tourists in their thousands each day. They may no longer wield political power, but Britain's royals are unsurpassed as celebrities and cultural icons. Prepare for the onslaught of new British Royal collectable tea sets, plates, shirts, hats, etc. -- 'cause the Royal great-grandbaby is due any minute. The Queen's people have released a statement saying Kate Middleton is officially in labor at a hospital in London. Hundreds of Brits have already taken to the streets to await their new master. The Monarchy is still not saying if the new baby is a boy or a girl. It's almost that time! Royal protection officers left Kate Middleton's family home in Bucklebury, which means it's believed that both Prinz William and his expectant wife are headed to London. This marks the first sign that the royal baby is on its way?in due time.