As the world and especially the Brits await the arrival of the royal birth, here is a look back on the media frenzy and excitement this third-in-line-to-the-British-throne-baby has produced.
Reporters from around the world have camped outside the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary Hospital in London for weeks for the Royal Birth Watch. As they patiently and sometimes impatiently wait to clamor for a photo of the Royal couple and the future baby, they dubbed the Lindo Wing the ‘Limbo Wing.’
Before Kate Middleton, in the early stages of labor, was admitted to the hospital early today, nobody knew the exact due date. No official announcement was proclaimed on what day the baby, the first offspring of Prince William and Kate Middleton, officially known as the Duchess of Cambridge was expected to arrive. The Royal PR machine had kept mum on the matter. They made only one announcement months ago.
“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” the palace had said.
Media reports say that the Royal palace was forced to divulge the news that the duchess was pregnant because she suffered severe bouts of morning sickness early in her pregnancy and was hospitalized in December at the Edward VII hospital.
According to reports, the British public has been spending a lot of money on betting what the baby will be named to where the baby will go to college and what baby’s first mate will be called. Reports say there are more the 9,000 betting parlors around the country.
Rory Scott, a spokesman for Paddy Power, a bookmaker which conducts its business through a chain of betting offices told reporters recently, “There’s a royal bump of excitement across the country. Betting and the royal family are two of our favorite pastimes in the U.K., along with talking about the miserable weather, and people are really into it.”
Reporters and the media are not the only ones on alert and impatient for the arrival of the royal baby. Even the great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, seemed piqued for the royal arrival.
Asked recently by a school girl if she wanted the royal baby to be a boy or a girl, the Queen replied,
“I don’t think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday.”
According to reports, the Queen traditionally holidays in the summer at her private Balmoral estate in Scotland. The Queen will not have to wait too long now. Reports say the Kate Middleton is in labor.
“Things are progressing as normal,” a spokesman for Prince William and Kate Middleton said. “The next official announcement is likely to be that of the birth.”
The couple traveled to the hospital this morning without a police escort according to a spokesman.
Reports say royal vehicles were seen at a back entrance of the hospital in the early hours of this morning before the announcement of the impending birth was made.
Kate Middleton will give birth in the same hospital where Diana, Princess of Wales gave birth to Prince William and his younger brother Prince Harry in the 1980s.
By Perviz Walji