The royal baby watch is officially on! Ahead of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s July due date for the future prince or princess of England, journalists, photographers and reporters from around the world are already camping out in front of the hospital where she’ll be giving birth.
As soon as no-parking signs were posted on the street in front of St. Mary’s Hospital in London this week, the media set up dozens of step ladders and have been on 24/7 baby watch to make sure they’re ready for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child.
According to USA Today, the media is set up 40 feet outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s, where they will be ready for when Kate checks in and emerges with Prince William and their newborn a day or two after giving birth, according to the royal protocol.
“We all want a front row position to see history in the making and to record the first appearance of William and Kate’s new baby,” photographer Mark Stewart told People. “There is quite a limited space to see that front door properly so you have to get in there early. It’s one of the biggest stories in the world right now and everybody wants to get a good vantage point.”
Additional media has also set up outside the gates of Buckingham Palace where the traditional note announcing the birth will be posted on an easel. The last time the world was on royal baby watch was 31 years ago in 1982 when Princess Diana and Prince Charles welcomed the birth of Prince William, and similarly for the birth of Prince Harry.
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