The World’s press camped in front of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate’s to give birth Central London hospital, is Royal baby comes early ?
Four prime parking spots outside the central London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth later this month have been declared off-limits for all but royal vehicles throughout July.
Across the street, TV camera crews and photographers have staked out spots on the sidewalk facing the private Lindo wing of St. Mary’s hospital, hoping they’ve snagged the best vantage points to get the first pictures of Prince William and Kate holding their first child.
Even the doctor expected to be in charge of the delivery has reportedly told people he has stopped drinking so he can be ready at a moment’s notice, the Daily Telegraph said Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace, which carefully and strategically does what it can to mould the public image of the House of Windsor, has a detailed plan for how the blessed event will be announced to the world.
But babies can be notoriously unpredictable when it comes to their arrival, and with the way social media now spreads fact and fiction instantly, there could still be a few surprises as the third in line to the throne makes his or her appearance.
Bonnie Brownlee, royal commentator, says the palace will let everyone know once Kate is comfortably ensconced in her hospital bed, awaiting her delivery.
“Can she get into the hospital without the rest of the world knowing — that’s a crapshoot,” says Brownlee, noting that reporters are already outside St. Mary’s, and are also staking out another hospital closer to Kate’s parents’ home outside London, which is also ready for a royal birth.
“They’re going to try to get her into hospital without reporters seeing her,” says Brownlee. “There are ways of doing it, but I think everyone may have figured that out.”
Kate did manage to get into hospital unnoticed in December when she had acute morning sickness, but her pregnancy hadn’t been announced, and no one was on the lookout for a royal hospital run at that time.
Royal Baby should early arrival
It is different now, however, and those who keep a close eye on royal comings and goings in London know all the clues, right down to the licence plates on the royal vehicles.
“They’ll know the car. Even if she switched to another one, everybody knows their cars,” says Brownlee.
While all hints — official and otherwise — have suggested a due date of around July 13, media speculation ramped up this week that an earlier arrival might be in the cards
“Duchess of Cambridge: are we expecting an early royal birth?” the Daily Telegraph asked Wednesday, noting that the TV crews were on hand, rumours were swirling on social media and bookies have slashed the odds “for a delivery as soon as this week.”
Still, no matter how the birth unfolds, there’s a carefully scripted plan in place as the palace tries to control how the world will learn the first details about the third in line to the throne.
Brownlee says it’s a mix of the traditional and the modern, all based on trying to give Kate and William as much leeway as possible in having a child on their own terms.
That, of course, isn’t likely to happen — this baby will be born a prince or princess.
“But once they get into the hospital, they will have a baby like any other couple and at that moment they will be as vulnerable as any other couple having a child,” says Brownlee.
“All you can hope for and wish for is that it is a good and easy birth, and that the child is healthy.”
Palace officials have said Prince William, who has been working as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot in Wales, has every intention of being at the birth. But, depending on timing, he may have to be flown or drive back to London and not be there when Kate goes into hospital. Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, and sister, Pippa, are also likely to be at the hospital.