Kate Middleton Due Date: Hospital Begins Preparations For Royal Baby

Kate Middleton’s due date is fast approaching, and the preparations at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where the second royal baby will be born in the next few days, have begun.

As was the case when Prince George was born on July 22, 2013, the birth of his royal brother or sister will be the topic of discussion and scrutiny for days on end. Hundreds of members of the media will be parked in front of the Lindo Wing of the hospital for hours, waiting to get that first glimpse of Kate, William, and their newborn.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Leave The Lindo Wing With Their Newborn Son
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Leave The Lindo Wing With Their Newborn Son (Photo by Olie Scarff/Getty Images)

Even though we don’t know Kate Middleton’s official due date, the Duchess hinted that she will give birth at the end of April, with the 25th being widely reported as a possibility. This time around, however, things will be a lot different at the hospital according to the British publication Mirror.

The first step taken by St. Mary’s is to institute parking restrictions in anticipation of the royal baby. The West London hospital will not allow anyone to take their spots until Kate has been admitted to the maternity ward, the report indicates.

Later this week, the plan is to map out where reporters and cameras will be placed, ahead of Kate Middleton’s due date of April 24 or 25. William and his wife are said to be grateful for the expressions of support from their loyal subjects, as stated by a spokesman.

” (The Duke and Duchess are) hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the U.K. and indeed around the world over the last few months. They know that people are excited that Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister and it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family.”

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But the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s is not the only hospital making preparations as Kate Middleton’s due date approaches. Contingency plans have been put into place in case the Duchess goes into labor while staying with her parents in Bucklebury, in the days prior to giving birth or at the royal couple’s home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

Prince William will be faced with some anxious moments if he happens to be away when his wife’s time comes. The future monarch is currently training as an ambulance pilot in Norwich, Cambridge, and Gloucestershire, which are at the least 90-minutes away by car.

If by chance he is delayed and can’t be by Kate Middleton’s side once her due date is here, he will have some peace of mind to know the same obstetrician who delivered Prince George, Guy Thorpe-Beeston, and his team of experts will attend the Duchess.

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