Staff at St Luke’s Roosevelt hospital have been placed on alert for “a celebrity arrival”. Beyonce is getting ready to give birth to her first child.

Our next update for this story could be just hours away with news the arrival.

Beyonce has booked half the floor at the hospital for the arrival of the child.

News of the pregnancy was sparked in her interview with Ian Molly Meldrum in October when her stomach appeared to collapse during the interview. She was wearing a prosthetic stomach to cover the baby bump.

Only one month earlier on US television she said rumours of her pregnancy were ridiculous.

Husband Jay-Z and pal Kanye West were recently paid $6.1 million to perform at the 16t birthday party of Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour.