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Sky News's royal correspondent Paul Harrison outside St Mary's today, noted he shall be spending quite some time there in the next few weeks as the world's media descends to cover the birth of the future monarch.
Kate has chosen to forsake a Caesarean Section and plans to give birth naturally. More from the Daily Express article:
'Kate's birth plan at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, for a future King or Queen will be welcomed by doctors concerned that a rise in the number of mothers choosing a Caesarean to avoid a strenuous labour is placing extra strains on the National Health Service as well as private hospitals.'
Looking after Kate will be Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Wessex children and Alan Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist. Should the Duchess go into labour early, aides have drawn up contingency plans to take Kate to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading (close to the Middleton family home) or a hospital in Bangor, near their home in Anglesey.
Despite ongoing press speculation St James's Palace confirmed William and Kate do not know the gender of their baby. Kate has previously said she would love a boy whilst William is hoping for a girl, however it will be very much a surprise for the couple who decided to keep with royal tradition by choosing not to find out before the birth.
Prince William does not intend to take time off before the birth. He works a four days on, four days off shift pattern at RAF Valley as a Search and Rescue pilot, meaning it could be quite the race against time for him should Kate go into labour almost 300 miles away. In the meantime, Kate isn't planning to spend time in Anglesey between now and the mid-July birth, instead dividing her time between the couple's two-bedroom home at Kensington Palace, Nottingham Cottage and the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.
Richard Palmer shared news that William plans to take two weeks paternity leave and Kate remains undecided about the duration of her maternity leave.
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How will the royal birth be announced? In this age of social media where one tweet can be circulated around the world the Palace has taken modern technology into consideration, but the first indication that the Duchess has given birth will come when an aide leaves the hospital carrying a foolscap piece of paper with details of the baby's gender, weight and time of birth, which will be handed to a driver and taken to Buckingham Palace.
In keeping with tradition, the nation will be officially informed the royal heir has been born when the aforementioned piece of paper is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. It will not be put in place until the Queen, the Royal Family and the Middletons have been notified. After this, notices will appear on social media sites.
A Palace spokesman discussed the importance of keeping with tradition:
'It is very important to us that it will not be announced first on Twitter, although it will be announced on Twitter in due course.
We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands. This is the birth of a child who will be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do it with some historical precedence.'
The birth will be marked by artillery companies around the UK, including a 62-gun salvo at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company and a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
When will we find out Baby Cambridge's name? William's was not announced for a week because Charles and Diana simply couldn't agree on one. It will depend on whether or not William and Kate have names in mind yet :) And when can we expect to see baby for the first time? When Kate is released from hospital, the Cambridge family will leave via the front door and pose for a few moments allowing photos to be taken.
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Charles and Diana carry newborn William out of St. Mary's in 1982.
And leaving St Mary's with Harry in 1984.
It is hoped Prince William will make a brief statement on the steps shortly after the the good news has been announced and the Middletons are expected to release a statement although arrangements for this have not yet been put in place. The couple are said to be planning on staying at Kensington Palace after the birth, but have no concrete plans after that.
The Palace have appealed for sensitive reporting in the wake of nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death following a prank call at King Edward VII's Hospital where Kate was treated for acute morning sickness in December.
'Whilst this is a deeply personal and private moment for the Duke and Duchess they recognise of course that it is also a moment of national celebration.
We appreciate that there will be mass interest in the Duke and Duchess and their baby over the course of the next few months and many people will want to share in their happiness most significantly around the time of the birth. We simply appeal to all members of media for the appropriate degree of sensitivity, dignity and privacy in their reporting.
With the events of King Edward VII's hospital still strong in our memories, we would expect any media covering the Duchess of Cambridge's hospitalisation to ensure that the normal functions of the hospital are not impeded by any media presence.'
As you can see from the cover of Hello! this week the countdown is well and truly on :)
There is no doubt the arrival of Baby Cambridge will be a momentous occasion. Feel free to share your baby name guesses and do you think it will be a boy or a girl? One of our lovely commenters Rachel, suggested we add a poll enabling readers to guess the baby's gender. You can find it on the sidebar, I look forward to seeing your votes :)