Media from around the world, who have gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington to wait for the arrival of the royal baby of Prince William and Kate Middleton, have put Londoners on high expectations mode.
The soon-to-arrive baby will be third in line to the British throne, after Prince Charles, 64, and Prince William, 31. The baby will be known as the Prince or Princess of Cambridge as the case may be.
According to reports, the baby is expected to be delivered in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, the same place William was born.
Media reports say nobody knows the exact due date. No official announcement has proclaimed what day the baby, the first offspring of Prince William and the duchess formerly known as Kate Middleton, is expected to arrive. The Royal Palace has kept mum on the matter. They made only one announcement and that was six months ago.
“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” the palace 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 in London.
Harry Rabbie, a BBC cameraman who spent much of Wednesday slouched inside the camp for journalists and on the street outside the hospital mused, “At least when it’s your wife, you don’t go to the hospital until the wife’s in labor.” Himself a father of two, he added, “This could happen 15 to 20 days after the due date, even if we knew what the due date was.”
A British tabloid “revealed” that the Duchess’s due date is Saturday July 13. The tabloid stated, “It has been the most closely guarded secret surrounding the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy – the day on which the Royal baby is expected to be born. But now The Mail on Sunday can disclose that Kate has been given an official due date of July 13.”
In the meantime, according to reports, no one knows where Kate Middleton is. Media reports speculate that she might still be at Kensington Palace, where she resides with her husband, or she could be with her parents in the country. Reports say that Prince William is in Wales where he works as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in Anglesey. Sources say as soon as the prince gets news that his wife is in labor, he will take off on his standby helicopter to be by her side.
According to reports, Kate Middleton was last seen publicly, draped in a pink outfit and pink hat, on June 15 when she made an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony to take part with her in-laws in an annual ceremony called Trooping the Color.
After the royal baby is born, Londoners waiting and on high expectations mode will get the news in an antiquated manner.
Sources say the arrival of the royal baby will be proclaimed in the old-fashioned way. According to reports, a certificate signed by the medical staff stating the sex of the child will be taken from the hospital and positioned on an easel installed inside the Buckingham Palace gates where passersby and tourists can gaze at it.
Then and only then will the palace release the news of the Royal baby’s arrival on the social media. “There is no intention of announcing this first on Twitter,” a palace spokeswoman said.
By Perviz Walji