|Source: US Weekly|
Britons and fans of British royalty around the globe are waiting anxiously for the arrival of the royal baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
I imagine Britain must now be basking in festivity, especially in London where fans and photographers camp outside St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, hoping for first news of the baby's arrival. It was reported that more than 180 photographers and journalists camped outside the hospital 24/7 as of July 8.
This royal baby, whether it's a boy or a girl, will be an heir to the throne due to a recent law change that a girl can ascend to the throne.
There is a lot of speculation as to when the baby will arrive as well as to the sex of the baby. Even big bets are being placed on their names. The big favourite if it's a girl is Alexandra due to the fact that is the current Queen's middle name and has historically been a royal name. If it is a boy, James is the favourite, again because of historical connections, as well as it is Kate's little brother's name.
There are strong rumours that it is a girl. The baby's due date was Jul 11 so the royal family is anxiously awaiting the baby's arrival. But of course, there is a royal birth plan in place.
What's the Royal Birth Plan like? Here's a gist of it:
Needless to say, the palace staff is on call every day and night in July.
As soon as the duchess feels her first contraction, she'll alert her private secretary who will then ring the duchess's doctor on his palace-issued mobile. There's no way anyone can intercept it because it's an encrypted signal.
The doctor will then hop into his BMW 6 Series, throw a flashing green emergency beacon light on the roof, and drive the seven-mile, 26-minute route from his Muswell Hill, North London home to St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington.
In view of the scores of photogs and journalists camping outside the hospital, the duchess will be swept through one of three side entrances into a suite in the fourth-floor Lindo Wing. The $1,500-a-night room -- outfitted with WiFi and satellite TV -- was sanitized and sealed off July 1 in preparation for her arrival, then monitored daily by security.
Read more about the Royal Birth Plan (US Weekly).
Prince William and Kate Middleton married on April 29, 2011.
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