Will and Kate Leave Bucklebury, Head to London Ahead of Royal Baby Birth

By Lily Harrison and Melanie Bromley
|  Friday, Jul 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:46 PM EDT
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly left her family home in Bucklebury and heading for London.

It's almost that time!

Royal protection officers left Duchess Kate's family home in Bucklebury earlier today, which means it's believed that both Prince 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.

According to Us Weekly, the couple departed the Middleton family residence with police escorts at around 3 p.m. local time.

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But not so fast: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could easily be headed for their mainstay in Kensington Palace and not the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital--where she's slated to give birth.

A source told E! News exclusively that Kensington Palace has been operating under the assumption that the 31-year-old is two to three days late at this point in her pregnancy.

The revelation comes amid conflicting reports that have surfaced on her due date, and whether she is indeed later than expected.

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Initial reports claimed that the soon-to-be Prince or Princess of Cambridge was set to arrive in the world on July 13 or 14, a time frame that has led royal watchers to believe that Middleton has missed her due date.

But the U.K.'s The Telegraph has a very different story: The paper reports that hospital staffers were told that the duchess is actually due today, July 19, and that they were asked to be on standby for as early as a month before.

The Great Kate Wait continues!

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