Royal Baby: Kate Middleton’s Due Date Approaches, St. Mary’s Hospital Preps For Baby’s Arrival

Preparations for the royal baby are well underway at St. Mary’s hospital. Kate Middleton and Prince William will be arriving any day now, as the Duchess of Cambridge is due with her second child. According to Us Weekly, there have been barriers put up to keep the media, the paparazzi, and the fans away from the Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Kate will give birth.

You may recognize the area from when Kate and William introduced George to the world back in July of 2013.

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Duchess Kate will be under the care of Dr. Guy Thorpe-Beeston, the lead surgeon-gynecologist, when she goes into labor. The unborn child’s big brother, Prince George, was born at the same hospital, but Dr. Marcus Setchell delivered him. After George’s birth, Prince William knighted Setchell. According to the Telegraph, Sir Marcus was honored in March, 2014, eight months after Prince George was born.

The second royal baby could make an appearance any day now. Kate Middleton’s exact due date is unknown, but she said that she was due in mid-to-late April. According to People Magazine, the plan is to get William and his pregnant wife to the hospital safely. If this is done accordingly, the world will know that the baby has arrived only when the palace makes an official announcement. While it is possible that the palace will announce Kate’s labor, there’s no guarantee.

For now, thousands of people around the world are waiting for the exciting news. No one knows whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, or what the couple will name him or her, so there is a ton of anticipation that has already settled in.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there have been plenty of bets placed about the baby’s gender, and the baby’s name. Alice is actually the leading choice if the baby is a girl. Other names that have been mentioned include Elizabeth, Diana, and Charlotte. Those who believe the royal baby will be a boy seem to favor the name Henry, but James, Philip, and Arthur are also in the running. Chances are the child will have a combination of these names, which is traditional. Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. Prince George’s full name is George Alexander Louis.

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